Trinidad Fibre Products Limited continues to thrive despite challenges with economic downturn in T&T
Manufacturing and selling locally made furniture has not been an easy feat for local manufacturing company, Trinidad Fibre Products Limited, in the current environment namely the country’s economic downturn and the highly competitive scenario caused by the importation of cheaper priced furniture by large distributors of furniture to Trinidad & Tobago.
The company has shown its tenacity to remain in operation with only four members of staff today, a drastic reduction from twenty-four employees about a year ago. Mr. and Mrs. Farouk Rajkumar, owners of Trinidad Fibre Products Limited, both share an unrelenting passion for supporting home grown/local products and more specifically, fine quality furniture. This may be the couple’s greatest motivation for keeping their business alive in these challenging times. “Trinidad Fibre Products Limited has been manufacturing furniture using local raw material to make our kitchen cabinetry, beds, dining sets, living room sets, bedroom closets and other smaller furniture since the 1990s. We began the business in San Fernando as Creative Furniture, then migrated to North Trinidad and rebranded the company Classik Furniture and later Hallmark Furniture in 2002, before settling in Trincity Business Park. The company invested in purchasing new equipment and hiring new talent in our re-brand efforts,” said Mr. Rajkumar. He continued, “The company takes pride in our craftsmanship and in manufacturing quality furniture for our clientele. We use local woods such as teak, mahogany, cedar, and pine.”Mr. Rajkumar, who is also a trained Accountant, strongly believes that in order to witness a turn-around in the sector, Government must intervene to boost the local manufacturing sector. “The market space for local furniture manufacturers must be developed. What and where are the controls for the imports of cheap furniture, some of which are of a low quality standard? Are our local consumers encouraged to buy local? Our local consumers should demand quality for price,” remarked Mr. Rajkumar.
Mr. Rajkumar also thinks that there should be a revitalization of the local teak industry; teak is a highly demanded worldwide. He concluded, “How about we aid our local furniture manufacturers to produce furniture made with Teak; India and Indonesia are doing it with immense success in the American and European markets. We have a very vibrant teak production on which we should capitalize.”
See below some furniture manufactured by Trinidad Fibre Products Limited:
The company caters for both expansive projects as well as smaller customized furniture for its clientele.
Interested persons, can contact Mr. Rajkumar at 662-9713
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