The Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) envisioned the Professional Designers Programme (PDP), which is fully supported by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) under the 10th Malaysia Plan, as a sub-project of Furniture Design Development Project. MTIB envisages taking research in furniture design to the next level that is through the development of furniture designs with the Professional Designers and the Malaysian Furniture Manufacturers. PDP’s main objective is to reach the goal of 70% Own-Design Manufacturing (ODM) in the Malaysian furniture production by 2020.
PDP takes the best practices of the ODM/OBM business model and offers them to a selected number of Malaysian participant companies. Each year, it awards the services of four internationally -renowned product designers, blends them with the input and energy of the top-notch Malaysian product designers, and – after six months of development – presents the result of such a cooperation in a beautiful exhibition.