An expo serving the international paint, paper, rubber, and plastics industries will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from June 14-16, according to Nguyen Ba Vinh, director of Minh Vi Exhibition & Advertisement Services, and a member of the Exhibition Organising Committee.
|Luu Ngoc Hoang, deputy director of the Vietnam Chemicals Agency |
Speaking at the announcement on April 6, Vinh said, "The inordinate reliance on imported raw materials has diminished the competitiveness of industrial production. How can businesses adapt to satisfy environmental and social responsibilities while simultaneously becoming more competitive, effectively utilise their resources, and access the global value chain?"
Vietnam, a nation whose development is dependent on exports, is presently experiencing a bottleneck in its industrial production due to a lack of production input. According to Dang Van Son, vice president and general secretary of the Vietnam Pulp and Paper Association, the price of cellulose has risen to $700 per tonne, placing a significant strain on the paper industry.
"Vietnam exports more than 15 million metric tonnes (MT) of wood chips annually but imports nearly all the raw materials for paper production," Son said of the current insufficiency.
Vietnam's paper production requires between 500,000 and 600,000 MT of newsprint annually, resulting in price rises of raw materials as demand soars.
"Investing in a pulp mill is a hazardous endeavour with a lengthy return period," Son said, adding the mechanism to stimulate growth in paper manufacturing is a very complicated subject. "Developing the domestic paper material market will reduce reliance on imports and encourage proactive production," he suggested.
In Vietnam, many industries, including paint, paper, rubber, and plastics, are undergoing a digital transformation, allowing for more integration with the international distribution network, the development of sustainable raw material schemes, and the avoidance of external forces that disrupt supply.
Currently, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is concentrating on completing the draft Industrial Development Law for consideration and approval by the National Assembly that should provide a unified legal basis for industrial development initiatives.
The MoIT anticipates that the processing and manufacturing industries will continue to be economic growth engines for Vietnam this year, as they were in 2022, with a growth rate of 8.1 per cent.
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