Online report features dinnerware, serveware, drinkware, flatware and tabletop accessories, plus a listing of more than 100 export suppliers

HO CHI MINH CITY, VietnamThe Hinrich Foundation released the Vietnam Sourcing Report: Tableware 2017 with the support of its partner in export development, Global Sources (NASDAQ: GSOL).

The online report includes a listing of 101 export suppliers and profiles dinnerware, serveware, drinkware, flatware and tabletop accessories. It also features an overview of the industry, new product features, price guides and export data. PDFs of each section are available to download for free online.

Report highlights handcrafted models made of natural materials

Skilled artisans and the domestic availability of bamboo, rattan and other natural materials enable Vietnam’s tableware industry to produce a wide range of handcrafted designs. Carvers, weavers and other artisans whose techniques have been passed down from previous generations can be found across the country.

Bamboo from the provinces of Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh, Son La, Yen Bai and Tuyen Quang is woven, coiled or pressed to create dinner plates, serving trays, placemats and table runners. Rattan, which is woven into serving trays and charger plates, is procured from Thanh Hoa, Lam Dong, Nghe An, Son La and Yen Bai provinces.

For designs, asymmetrical and novelty-shaped plates and trays are growing in number even as basic round, square and rectangular pieces remain widely available. Color options range from classic white to bright hues such as red and orange.

For greater variety in terms of look and texture, suppliers are combining different materials in a single design. Releases in line with this trend include water hyacinth bowls with rattan trims, and rattan trays with bamboo bases.

Suppliers and products

Ngoc Dong Ha Nam, established in 1988, offers handcrafted bowls, trays and coasters made of rattan, bamboo and water hyacinth. Its selection of rattan trays includes models with bamboo bases or seagrass trims. Rattan charger plates and coasters with wooden beads are also available. The company is located in Ha Nam province, about 70km south of Hanoi.

Established in 2005, Hanoi City-based Huong Dang Artistic Handicrafts & Lacquerwares offers handcrafted bamboo trays and bowls in the shape of leaves and fruits. The company’s selection also includes bamboo flatware, coasters and table mats.

Barotex Vietnam, another Hanoi City-based supplier, offers bamboo bowls, trays, table runners and placemats. Ceramic tea sets and multicolor seagrass placemats and are also among its selection.

The report further shows:

– In 2016, Vietnam sent abroad about $430.6 million worth of ceramic products, including tableware. Exports of bamboo and rattan products amounted to nearly $262.8 million, according to data from the General Department of Customs, Ministry of Finance of Vietnam.

– Approximately $115.8 million worth of the ceramic, bamboo and rattan products that the country exported went to the US. The other major destinations were Japan, Taiwan, Germany and the UK.

– Vietnam tableware complies with internal standards such as those of the US food and Drug Administration and the German Food & Commodity Goods Law.

Vietnam Sourcing Report: Tableware 2017 is one of a series of online Sourcing Reports covering emerging Asia supply markets. A full version of the report can be viewed online here.

Other related Sourcing Reports available online are: Tableware, Indonesia; and Glassware and metalware, India.

Sourcing from Vietnam buyer’s guide

To help buyers new to Vietnam sourcing, the Hinrich Foundation has prepared a guide that provides an overview of the industries and products available.

Buyers will also learn how to find and evaluate reliable suppliers, available banking options, common methods of payment, shipping details and steps to avoid or settle trade disputes.

Download the report