By David Stenerud
Swedish Sweedor is part the Vest-Wood group which is one of Europe's largest door manufacturers. The company distributes doors to vendors all over the Nordic countries. Among the vendos are Tore Ligaard AS in Trondheim, mid-Norway.
Sweedoor admit to NorWatch that it imports Burma teak through Thailand.
- Not as much as previous years, states chief buyer Karl Axel Pettersson. He makes an estimate that the annual teak import is between 10.000 and 15.000 square meters.
- We are trying to cut back and find other materials that our customers are satisfied with, but it's hard, says Pettersson.
- This is politics
When Tore Ligaard is confronted with the Burma connection NorWatch gets a clear message:
- I will not discuss this with you.
- I don't want to discuss, only get a comment, replies NorWatch.
- But this is politics, says Ligaard.
- Does that mean you do not have a stand on this matter?
- On one side, when you look at the regime, maybe something should be done... but I don't know if it helps, Ligaard reasons.
- So you are not planning on doing anything active? NorWatch asks and refer to the fact that several distributors, for example clothing stores have cleared their shelves of Burma products.
- No I don't intend to do that, he makes clear
- I will not do that.
Norwatch Newsletter 1-2/02