The Government of India has provisionally imposed anti-dumping duties on all imports of plain MDF boards of 6.0 mm and up thickness. Imports are mostly from Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and China. India has three factories manufacturing MDF boards mostly producing 6.0 mm and above thickness. Local production was reported to be about 100,000 m³ of which imports were 98,602 m³. Investigations by government had shown that local industry was not able to compete with imported quality because many local factories had old technology in place. The plant size of local factories is also much smaller compared to the modern factories of other countries. Due to significant increase in demand for plain MDF in the country and with expectations of increasing profits, some producers are also planning to establish new factories in India.
Hardwood exports improve to India
The teak market is reported to be improving in India. Other markets areas also show some signs of recovery, though somewhat slight. Most analysts are cautious and say it would be premature to make optimistic projections at this juncture. The pyinkado market is also reported to be good in India and Vietnam, judging by Myanmar’s shipments to these countries. In contrast, padauk and tamalan is generally shipped to China and Japan. Availability of these species is limited and therefore prices are usually competitive