Vietnam is now one of the most important suppliers of plantation eucalyptus and acacia wood chips to the pulp industry in both Japan and China, reports Wood Resource Quarterly.

The country has expanded shipments gradually over the past six years and is now the world’s fourth largest hardwood chip exporter.

The number of wood chip mills has exploded in Vietnam from only 15 plants in 2003 to currently 50 wood chip mills along the 3,500km long coastline.

The chip mills typically have an annual capacity between 50,000 and 150,000 tons, but many of them are currently running at a reduced rate due to a lack of logs.