Coconut fiber - Lessons competition
In late 2006, Tri Vinh village (Vam Thom River), Khanh Thanh Tan Commune, Mo Cay district, about 200 establishments producing coconut fiber, large and small throughout the busy work day. This is where the concentration of production facilities only coir exports in Ben Tre. From early morning, the sound of coconut shells slitter has echoes across the two sides of the river Vam Thom. A young man is peeling coconut toil at the base of Nguyen Van Muoi, said: "Stripped coconut 1 trigger (200 left) wages of 8,000 contracts, an average of one day a stork stripped from 8-10 (1 1200 natural coconut fruit). Coconut threw ashore from boats remuneration 7000 / Natural coconut. Break the coconut shell (by machine) 50,000 / tonne. Deprivation of coconut fiber (by machine) VND 120,000 / ton, 8-hour average, at least 5 people deprived of 2 tons. As the drying process but only slightly positive coir work, especially during the rainy season. But the money is only exposed to 1 tonne of coir high, 120,000 / ton ... The manufacturing facility of coir only year-round activities, only Tet holiday, the working people as I stay healthy. "
. Mr. Ten said: "Rural Labor is hard to find work. Because coconut fiber production lines, each regular employee income 50,000 / day is very precious. This village has nearly 200 basis, each facility jobs from 18-20 employees ".
Previously, Mr. Nguyen Van Seeing family working in the field, struggling. Because coconut fiber manufacturing jobs, his family owned a manufacturing facility with 20 employees and take a decent house wall. 10 years ago, his family accepted as a satellite production facility coconut fiber for the production company, sales, import and export Truc Giang (company business, Truc Giang Import-Export). With a capacity of only 2-3 tons / day, the family income of VND 400,000 / day, after deducting all costs.
In 2005-2006 was the heyday of manufacturing industries in Ben Tre coconut fiber. Goods not always produce enough to meet demand from overseas orders. Price only coir exports jumped from $ 220 / ton in 2003 to $ 350 / t in 2006 As the price of coconut shell from 200-250 / females at up to 1,000-1,500 dong / female, but the facility must buy paintings for the production of coconut shell. Both farmers and producers of coconut coir are just excited with the thread "gold" from coconut fiber.
But the first step into 2007, the price of coconut fiber exports started falling long and now just over 200 USD / ton. Mr. Ha Vinh Hoa, Director Truc Giang Import-Export business, said: In the past, countries in the region have many coconuts as: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka ... just focus on the production of products from coconut such as desiccated coconut, coconut milk ... as part of the coconut shell is considered waste, no one is buying. While in Ben Tre coconut shells are fully utilized for the production of coconut fiber. Until China, Taiwan ... only need to enter large quantities of coir mattresses to cars, bed cushion, sofa ... the manufacture of Ben Tre coconut fiber begins thriving. Mattresses by coconut fiber materials have a slight advantage and does not pollute the environment when not in use (coconut fiber is biodegradable). In China, Taiwan, most of the military barracks were using mattresses made from coconut fiber ... In winter, the demand for mattresses sold in the market increased, so usually from July to the end of the lunar year these countries need to import huge coconut fiber.
Due to advantages "alone, a fair" price coconut fiber originating from Ben Tre to China, Taiwan increases. In Ben Tre, a growing number of establishments producing coconut fiber appearance. The supply does not meet demand, the exporter has exported only coir shipments humidity from 30-35 degrees. While standards of importers is given relative humidity below 20.
To overcome the dependence supply coconut fiber exclusive of Vietnam, many Chinese enterprises have brought people to the Ben Tre, "sights" production process coconut fiber. All machinery for the production stages coconut fiber from Ben Tre residents get their homemade produce and bring order to China as samples for producing again. Shortly thereafter, the machines were brought to the country China has many coconut but unknown to utilize coconut coir production only in Ben Tre. So coir export prices on the market only to be pulled down. In addition, the new water involved in producing coir only actively control humidity standards of the importer, to compete with sources from Vietnam.
Due to the competitive procurement of raw materials fierce coconut shells, a number of manufacturing establishments in Ben Tre coconut fiber has to take Mexico to find the source of raw materials for production. Ha Vinh Hoa He said: In Mexico, people just use coconut, coconut shell almost dumped. The coconut trees are very positive with the second handle this waste. So just coir production in Mexico of course more than just a competitive advantage in the production of coir Ben Tre coconut shell raw material prices are much cheaper.
The advantage of coconut fiber production in Ben Tre is white, smooth (partially due to left), favored by customers. However, manufacturing Ben Tre coconut fiber that is lost by not keeping the quality from the beginning; advantages are no longer exclusively. On the other hand, by only focusing on the export of raw materials to the manufacturing base is being dependent on the focal point of consumption. China can learn and follow the production process of the Ben Tre coconut fiber, Ben Tre, it can also open the factory coconut fiber mattress from China. Why not?