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Posted on : 06 Apr 2021

6 April 2021

Kuching: STIDC, in collaboration with Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS) and Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC),  jointly organized a Webinar on Sarawak Furniture Design and Investment Opportunities. This was part of several similar series that have been organized since 2019 aim to promote Sarawak products in Singapore and to attract potential investors from Singapore to Sarawak. It has been successfully organised as a platform not only for sharing of information of mutual benefits but also an avenue that has strengthen trade relationship between Sarawak and Singapore.

Tuan Haji Hashim, Ganeral Manager of STIDC in his welcoming remark said that in today's event, STIDC aimed were to focus on three key areas. First is to strengthen the awareness and continue to promote the Sarawak Young Designers (SayD'SignersSarawak), second was to explore and tapped into opportunities in commercialisation of furniture with new design in Singapore and third was to attract Investors. "STIDC intention is to promote these young designers and the products that they have designed to the Singapore business community especially the retailers, importers, dealers and distributors which could lead to potential business collaboration", he said. "It is in the interest of STIDC too, to seek for potential partnership for designers in Singapore to establish collaboration and work together with our young SayD'SignersSarawak", he continued.

Two SayD'SignersSarawak were selected to speak on their design ideas and products. Ryan Matthaeus spoke on topic, "Design is like Painting…beautiful and colourful" presenting his two creations the KITA Mushroom chair and Bow the Rainbow Chair.

Arifin Sidek spoke on topic, "Design Creativity is a Free Mind" presenting his two new creation POPO the Seashell chair and BIBO collection inspired by bouncing ball movement.

STIDC has developed the Sarawak Young Designers Training Program in collaboration with UNIMAS and Fakultas Seni Rupa and Desain (FSRD), Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) through the signing of MOU and MOA respectively. The program is to train fresh graduates from UNIMAS in furniture design. It is a two-year training program with the first year Industrial Attachment with the local furniture manufacturers in Sarawak. The second year training will be an attachment at FSRD to further enhance their design skill and knowledge.

The objective of this training is to make readily available trained furniture designers for the furniture industry. The state has target to achieve RM6 Billion export of furniture by 2030. Since 2018, STIDC has trained 26 fresh graduates, with 5 of them have been employed by the furniture manufacturer.

STIDC also presented a paper on "What Sarawak Can Offer" delivered by Encik Nicholas Andrew Lissem, Assistant General Manager, Industrial Planning & Licensing, STIDC aimed to inform potential investor several incentives and facilities that are being offered by Sarawak.

The Webinar has successfully achieved its short term objective of imparting important information and in promoting the ability of the Sarawak Young Designers (SayD'SignersSarawak) to viewers.