Iran, Italy embark upon joint furniture production

TEHRAN, Dec. 20 (MNA) – Head of Iranian Furniture Exporters and Producers Union has announced the signing of a contract between Iranian and Italian furniture industry association.

Head of Iranian Furniture Exporters and Producers Union announced the provision of necessary grounds to sign an agreement between the Iranian union and the Federation of Unions of Italy's wood and furniture industry.

“The presence of infrastructures in the country’s wood and furniture industry has brought about various cooperation capacities between Italian and Iranian furniture manufacturers,” reminded Ahmadian reiterating “the issue has provided the grounds for signing of an agreement between the two countries’ unions for the development of the cooperation in the forms of co-production of furniture, production under license as well as contract production.”

He noted that agreements between the two unions were made in a recent meeting of the Italian Union’s authorities in Tehran expressing hope that the deal will become finalized before President Rouhani’s trip to Italy.

“Iran’s wood and furniture industry possesses the appropriate infrastructures, capabilities and national advantages as well as offering a significant contribution to employment and value-added production emerged from domestic investment and has been approved by foreign counterparts like Italy, Germany and Turkey,” highlighted Ahmadian adding “but to what extent we are able to take advantage of the national infrastructures and capacities to the interest of the Iranian economy and to take part in foreign markets are yet other issues upon which the role of the government cannot be ignored.”

In response to a question about the reduction in the country’s furniture exports, Hassan Ahmadian said “the main reason has been the heavy reliance on Iraq’s market in exporting Iranian furniture and the emergence of security issues in Iraq has led to a decline in the amount of exports.”

“However, the main reason could be that the formation of product exports in small and medium industries is subject to the government’s support of CME programs while the present and previous governments have never offered a comprehensive plan for industries like furniture, clothing, shores or bedding," he added.

He went on to assert that “undoubtedly, the country’s furniture industry like other small and medium industries enjoys the required competitive advantages for entering foreign markets; nevertheless, lack of long-term targeted programs on the part of the government has reduced the country’s export coverage solely to some countries in the region."

“The fifth International Exhibition of office furniture will be held on December 23-26 in the yard of Tehran International Exhibition,” announced the official at the end of his remarks.




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