Trade show takes sustainable approach to timber

Published:  17 December, 2009

FRANCE: Carrefour International du Bois, the biennial trade show for the European timber industry, will take place in Nantes from 2-4 June 2010. Its main focus will be timber and sustainable development.

This trade show gathers Europe’s largest selection of timber products in a single place, and brings together professionals from all over the world.

The event is expected to attract 500 international exhibitors, from 30 countries, as well as almost 10 000 visitors from 60 countries.

Carrefour International du Bois will bring together representatives from companies across the entire timber-production sector (excluding machinery). Products on show will include sawn timber, joinery, parquets, packaging solutions, panels, as well as timber and timber-based technical solutions for the building trade. There will also be industry players attending, including importers, dealers, distributors, and logistics and services providers.

Dedictated construction sector

The timber techniques and solutions area, which is dedicated to the construction sector, will provide information for project managers, contractors, purchasing advisors, architects, designers, economists and other building-trade professionals.

There will also be special exhibitions and high-level technical conferences about sustainable building.

Carrefour International du Bois 2010 will be organised in line with environmentally-friendly principles, with a focus on minimising the environmental impact of the show, including reducing water and electricity use and cutting down on waste and unnecessary displays.

The French forestry and timber production sector has a turnover in excess of 40bn euros. The industry employs 425 000 people – more than the motor industry. About 5% of the French population owns a forest. With almost 130 species of wood, French forests boast substantial biodiversity.

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