The Importance of Rubber Tree plantation for Viet Nam Economy

The Importance of Rubber Tree Plantation for Viet Nam Economy

 Rubber tree plantation has important impact on Viet Nam Economy in recent years. Apart from eco-friendly characteristic, rubberwood’s favourable for woodworking and timber properties because medium-dense timber (air-dry density 560-650 kg m-3 ) suitable for a wide scope of applications. It can be easily steam-bent, or stained to resemble any other timber, depending on consumer demand. 

Rubber trees grow popularly in South Vietnam with the core purpose is to collect its latex. It is be used for many different industries as the main components of tires, mattresses, washers and other commodities. But in recent decades, other uses of the rubber tree have been explored like rubber tree wood could act as main material to cater used for the wood processing industry.

Speaking of rubber tree trunks, about 90 years earlier, it was reminiscent of a wood with the low quality, easy to rot and unqualified for furniture and construction industries. But after a period of production and wood processing, people finds that furniture made from rare forest woods makes product prices increase significantly and natural forest areas declined severely. The natural material for furniture manufacturing industry has become scarce and cannot satisfy the demand. However, thanks to the development of wood processing techniques, rubberwood has overcome most of its weaknesses in order to step into the timber industry and by that has its place in the market domestically and internationally.

Environmental friendly rubber wood is further confirmed when the need to use wood to create healthy living space of human is rising, especially in developed countries. Rubber tree also proves its value by creating positive effects on economy challenges. With the 20-25 years life cycle, before the wood is cut, rubber trees provide a significant amount of latex for manufacturing the mentioned compositions; the trunk is only used as raw material at the end of the life cycle. The composition with manufacturing industry has made rubber wood industry become a firmer position in the global economy as well as the environmental which are critical for the future of the world.