The 2016 Carrefour International du Bois was a resounding success. This major event for the timber industry, which was created in 1990 in Pays de la Loire, has taken on a new dimension this year with 550 exhibitors from 28 countries.
Nantes has hosted the Carrefour International du Bois once every two years since 1990. A benchmark event, one of a kind in Europe, it has been designed by and for industry professionals. The 14th edition of the event was held at the Exponantes trade show venue, at the beginning of June, and attracted more than 10,500 visitors.
Jointly organised by Atlanbois and Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port, the show is both a business event (with exhibitors and business meetings) and a forum for discussions regarding the evolution of the timber industry (with conferences and technical workshops). This year, a fifth hall was opened, making it possible to host 550 exhibitors (compared with 530 last year).
A major international gathering
The 14th Carrefour International du Bois brought together representatives of 70 different countries, with foreign visitors making up 30% of the total number. This was 6 percentage points more than in 2014. Its international outlook was also evident in the make-up of exhibitors, with 28 countries represented.
A number of professionals came from abroad to exhibit for the first time, attracted by the event’s reputation. This representative from the timber industry in Spain’s Basque region was one of them: “We heard that the Carrefour International du Bois was a major show in Europe. We decided to go and see for ourselves by joining a shared booth. We are very satisfied and it exceeded our expectations!“.
Next event dates: 30 / 31 May and 1 June 2018
Further information: www.timbershow.com/?lng=en
Timber industry: firmly rooted in Pays de la Loire
While, compared with other areas, the Pays de la Loire region is relatively sparsely wooded, in terms of jobs in the timber industry, it is ranked third among France’s regions (more than 30,000 jobs in 2011). Many of its companies are specialised in timber processing for carpentry, furniture and building applications. With 57,000 tons imported in 2013, Nantes – Saint-Nazaire Port is a key player in the French timber trade, in particular for exotic wood imports (No.1 in France).
Pays de la Loire also has thirty specialised establishments that provide training to cover all jobs in the industry. The most important of these – École Supérieure du Bois (ESB) – is an engineering school located in Nantes, which trains 350 students from all over France every year. Leading the way in research (in particular in the areas of composite wood and eco-design), it was one of the founders of a regional innovation platform in 2013 that focusses on the use of wood in the home of the future.