• African hardwood, 'Fair & Precious' by nature

    African hardwood, 'Fair & Precious' by nature

    14.09.2022. With 30 years of experience in the African timber industry, Interholco's Vice President Production and Sales Christophe Janssen has been interviewed by the European Coalition for Sustainable Tropical Timber (STTC). Zoom on Interholco's operations and objectives as a 'Fair&Precious' partner.

  • One simple step to truly make a difference for forests and climate

    One simple step to truly make a difference for forests and climate

    22.08.2022. Every week, the equivalent of all the buildings in Paris are built, globally and the pace is increasing. FSC has released a call to action for the construction sector: https://youtu.be/ROpmNhRviL0and INTERHOLCO is proud to be featured in FSC’s video.

  • SPOTT ESG transparency assessment and INTERHOLCO

    SPOTT ESG transparency assessment and INTERHOLCO

    08.08.2022. This year, INTERHOLCO ranks first in SPOTT’s ESG transparency assessment of 100 timber companies in the tropics. Let’s take a closer look. When it comes to tropical forests, the shortest distance from A to B is, ESG.

  • The best kept secret in INTERHOLCO ‘s Sustainability report 2022

    The best kept secret in INTERHOLCO's Sustainability report 2022

    08.07.2022. Just as 2022 marks INTERHOLCO’s 60th anniversary, the company launches its latest Sustainability Report. Our wood products are the fruit of a people alliance,’ says Ulrich Grauert, INTERHOLCO CEO.With this publication, we want even people sitting miles away from where we harvest and process our wood to see what our  ‘Made in Africa’ stands for.’  

  • ‘Sustainable Hardwood – Made in Africa’ co-creating a sustainable future for people and planet

    ‘Sustainable Hardwood – Made in Africa’ co-creating a sustainable future for people and planet

    29.06.2022. Wood can be used for diverse purposes, with lower environmental impacts than many alternative materials. Wood used once can be reused and recycled, thereby extending its life and further reducing its material footprint.

  • ‘Sustainable Hardwood - Made in Africa’ breaks all records at Europe’s leading timber show

    ‘Sustainable Hardwood - Made in Africa’ breaks all records at Europe’s leading timber show

    14.06.2022. INTERHOLCO’s ‘Made in Africa’ breaks all records at Carrefour du Bois, Europe's number one trade fair for the wood sector. INTERHOLCO has noted an unprecedented attendance rate and a strong increase in the number of foreign visitors, including several from the United States, Africa and Asia.

  • The future awaits at Europe’s leading timber show, Carrefour du bois (1-3 June 2022, Nantes)

    The future awaits at Europe’s leading timber show, Carrefour du bois (1-3 June 2022, Nantes)

    24.05.2022.You are a trader, manufacturer, carpenter, architect, developer, designer, forester? Your business relations here at INTERHOLCO are sure to be attending the Carrefour du Bois from 1 to 3 June 2022 in Nantes (France), come and join us on Stand A3, Hall 2!

  • All you need is LOBI, to write a story 1300 children in Congo love

    All you need is LOBI, to write a story 1300 children in Congo love

    31.03.2022. Easter is fast approaching and INTERHOLCO is launching its new campaign: What does it take to write a story that 1300 children in Congo love?Only one crayon: Lobi! For each Lobi purchased, the equivalent of 15 EUR will be donated to the primary school in the village of Ngombé in the Republic of Congo.

  • Let’s choose sustainable hardwood for people and planet

    Let’s choose sustainable hardwood for people and planet

    21.03.2022. On International Forest Day, INTERHOLCO is delighted to share photos of this magnificent Kosipo staircase, made by INTERHOLCO customer KORA. Everything here is redolent with spring. As if a blessing had fallen on Kosipo, an African wood that breathes the life of Northern Congo’s forests.

  • Anchoring cities to forests

    Anchoring cities to forests

    15.03.2022. Urban forests can transform cities into healthier places to live, not ‘just’ thanks to trees, but also through wood products for furniture and construction.

  • Carpets unroll for the finest hardwood at Dubai Wood Show 2022

    Carpets unroll for the finest hardwood at Dubai Wood Show 2022

    25.02.2022. 8,000 wood professionals know best: from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 March, the go-to venue for B2B business is back in Dubai! Carpets unroll, as the popular Dubai Wood Show flies back exhibitors from more than 70 countries. INTERHOLCO and Abalon will once again showcase some of the finest, high-quality hardwood from Africa’s rainforests and temperate forests, respectively.

  • The future grows with wood

    The future grows with wood

    17.02.2022. One month into the new year, wood has turned into the cornerstone of future lifestyles. The ‘digital Neanderthal’ humans have as much of a tendency towards cool technology as they have a compelling desire for coziness, warm materials. In short: high-tech, high-touch – and wood is the natural choice.

  • Lobi, the art of writing the future

    Lobi, the art of writing the future

    03.12.2021. INTERHOLCO is proud to present Lobi, the spearhead of its first collection made from FSC®* certified Sustainable Hardwood, Made in Africa according to the most demanding socio-environmental criteria. Lobi means 'tomorrow' and 'future' in the broadest sense; the name is derived from Lingala, the most widely used language in Congo Basin countries.

  • Central African Forests Forever, the book that grows like a tree, downloadable for free in English, French and Chinese

    Central African Forests Forever, the book that grows like a tree, downloadable for free in English, French and Chinese

    29.11.2021. Dutch writer Meindert Brouwer has reviewed and expanded his 'Central African Forests Forever', an all-round must-read on Congo Basin natural tropical forests. The book comprises 17 new chapters about opportunities and solutions for their conservation and sustainable use.

  • My human-kind choice: wood!

    My human-kind choice: wood!

    05.10.2021. FSC-certified (FSC® C022952) hardwood from Africa delivers so many benefits that it is quite hard to think of a comparably ‘generous’ construction or building material. In several Central African countries, forestry is already the first or second largest employment sector.

  • My choice for wind design: wood

    My choice for wind design: wood

    15.09.2021. A building represents an obstacle to the wind flow. The wind exerts pressures on the building that generate forces perpendicular to the building surface. Therefore, a building must be designed and dimensioned to withstand the strongest winds that are likely to occur during its lifetime at its location.

  • My choice for organic shapes: wood!

    My choice for organic shapes: wood!

    31.08.2021. Boat and furniture builders have been bending wood for many years, to meet hydrodynamic and ergonomic requirements. In buildings, however, these techniques are relatively uncommon.

  • Certified wood, my sustainable design ally

    Certified wood, my sustainable design ally

    27.08.2021. Wood is the only building material that ensures it comes from responsibly managed sources, in this case forests.

  • Bosse, a new form for sculpture

    Bosse, a new form for sculpture

    24.08.2021. Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) is a major representative of 20th century sculpture who developed modernism into a personal universe of her own, close to abstract art and strongly inspired by nature.

  • My choice for fire protection: wood

    My choice for fire protection: wood!

    30.07.2021. Wood is a flammable material, granted. But it also has innate flame-retardant properties. Wooden structures remain highly stable in the event of fire.

  • Bosse: frame your best moments

    Bosse: frame your best moments

    16.07.2021. What we remember in life, is the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we made along the way. The others are windows open onto ourselves. At INTERHOLCO, we take care of the frame. You decide who to invite on the journey.

  • Spotlight on: Bosse (Guarea cedrata, Guarea laurentii De Wild. and Guarea thompsonii Sprague & Hutch)

    Spotlight on: Bosse (Guarea cedrata, Guarea laurentii De Wild. and Guarea thompsonii Sprague & Hutch)

    13.07.2021. Guarea cedrata, Guarea laurentii De Wild. and Guarea thompsonii Sprague & Hutch is all traded as Bosse. Evergreen, large tree up to 45(–55) m tall; bole branchless for up to 26 (–41) m, usually straight and cylindrical, sometimes fluted, up to 150(–200) cm in diameter, sometimes with spreading, blunt buttresses up to 3 m high.

  • My cost-effective choice: wood!

    My cost-effective choice: wood!

    30.06.2021. Wood saves more or less one third of the time used in conventional building construction. Prefabrication frees the construction process from the uncertainty of weather events. 

  • INTERHOLCO first in SPOTT-on assessment of forest solutions for people and planet

    INTERHOLCO first in SPOTT-on assessment of forest solutions for people and planet

    24.06.2021. Deforestation and forest degradation are non-negotiables: millions of us depend on how far we are ready to go, to protect our forests i.e. our climate, our health, our food, our water, not to mention some of the world’s most extraordinary plants and animals. 

  • Talking wood: "Our wood can tell where it’s from

    Talking wood: "Our wood can tell where it’s from"

    18.06.2021. When our wood products reach the port of delivery, their marking allows for identification of the supply, all the way to the forest of origin. This is known as, traceability.

  • Supporting customers with trust

    Supporting customers with trust

    26.05.2021. In December 2020, INTERHOLCO passed the FSC® audit, which took place in the field. 'At INTERHOLCO, we strive for honesty, integrity,'says Tom van Loon, Head of Sustainability, INTERHOLCO. 'We place utmost importance on successful long-term partnerships with our suppliers and customers.'

  • My energy-efficient choice: wood

    My energy-efficient choice: wood!

    02.06.2021. Buildings have extensive direct and indirect impacts on the environment. During their construction, occupancy, renovation, repurposing, and demolition, buildings use energy, water, and raw materials, generate waste, and emit potentially harmful atmospheric emissions.

  • Listening to forest peoples to deliver solutions

    Listening to forest peoples to deliver solutions

    24.05.2021. In Baka language ‘Musungui’ means, ‘to help one another’. The spirit of ‘Musungui’ is what best describes INTERHOLCO’s ALLIANCE: the ability to deliver solutions, joining forces. One of the solutions is, in fact, listening. Listening makes it possible to pinpoint key factors, measures that need to be improved at strategy level. 

  • Kosipo: contemporary chic organic

    Kosipo: contemporary chic organic

    11.05.2021. And now, for an unusual use of wood!  The choice of Kosipo, a superior hardwood that INTERHOLCO offers with FSC certification, draws the attention to the washbasin which acquires an aesthetically dominant role.

  • My healthy choice: wood!

    My healthy choice: wood!

    26.04.2021. With more days per week and more hours each day spent at home, many of us struggle to calm their minds and find their balance. Even when working from home, we are bombarded by a constant hype, 24/7 distraction and endless barrage of pings from our phones. The solution? Wood can make us feel better, turning our home into a happier place.

  • Kosipo, quality of art

    Kosipo, quality in art

    12.04.2021. Wood for carving must be dry, cannot be brittle and should not release its internal stresses when carved. The Kosipo (Entandrophragma candollei Harms) that INTERHOLCO offers with FSC certification meets all these criteria, exceeding them.

  • Spotlight on: Kosipo (Entandrophragma candollei Harms)

    Spotlight on: Kosipo (Entandrophragma candollei Harms)

    07.04.2021. Kosipo (Entandrophragma candollei Harms) or West African Cedar is a large tree growing in West Africa and the Congo Basin, reaching about 50 m in height. It grows a straight and cylindrical bole of more than 2 m in diameter. 

  • Taking the ecological transition onboard

    Taking the ecological transition onboard

    29.03.2021. In the North of the Republic of Congo, the ecological transition is successful. As soon as the season allows and the water level is suitable, INTERHOLCO's flagship product, "Sustainable Hardwood - Made in Africa", is transported down the Sangha, a tributary of the Congo River.

  • Slow Quality, a subtle rebellion

    Slow Quality, a subtle rebellion

    17.03.2021. With its exceptional properties, Africa’s Wengé wood which INTERHOLCO is proud to offer with FSC certification deserves first class manufacturing. As Japan’s leading manufacturer of wooden furniture, Karimoku proudly upholds a steady focus on quality.

  • duo Inoda + Sveje may just have created the perfect seating collection in Wenge, produced by Japanese furniture manufacturer Karimoku

    HIGH TECH and HIGH TOUCH

    04.03.2021. With long hours now spent sitting at home, relax and comfort are vital for balance. Especially as many of us seek to blend work and personal life together. The warm tones of Wenge(Millettia laurentii), a dark, marbled wood that INTERHOLCO harvests sustainably in the Republic of Congo, bring the forest home – rescuing our connection with nature.

  • Objects of art on a mission: a closer look at Africa’s ‘Forest dwellers’

    Objects of art on a mission: a closer look at Africa’s ‘Forest dwellers’

    23.02.2021.According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), between 2000 and 2010, large-scale commercial agriculture (generally related to cattle ranching and the cultivation of soya bean and oil palm) accounted for 40% of tropical deforestation, and local subsistence agriculture another 33%.

  • Africa’s forest dwellers win Conversations about Climate Change competition

    Africa’s forest dwellers win Conversations about Climate Change competition

    15.02.2021. Gorillas, Bongos, Forest elephants and Chimpanzees team up with British architect Tom Wilson in ‘Forest dwellers’, one of the winners of the Conversations about Climate Change competition. Is it possible to sustainably harvest timber and natural products, contributing to ethical and sustainable economies, as well as safeguarding habitats, biodiversity and the health of the Earth? The four Forest Dwellers have been conceived to ask this very question.

  • INTERHOLCO drumming up inspiration for positive change

    Drumming up inspiration for positive change

    08.02.2021. With New Year just weeks away, many are drumming up inspiration to let what matters come to the forefront. What are we most proud of? INTERHOLCO's performance in 2020, ranked number 1 in the world by SPOTT in the field of tropical forestry. However, the task remains still very big.

  • Such is the essence of home, such is the essence of Wengé (Millettia laurentii), a dark, marbled wood that walks you like no other in your stories

    Form and function: Wenge (Millettia laurentii)

    28.01.2021. Such is the essence of home: a place in which the well-being of bodies is encouraged, food and sleep are taken care of; caresses and laughter instigated; a place in which affection grows deeper. Such is the essence of Wengé (Millettia laurentii), a dark, marbled wood that walks you like no other in your stories of laughter and joy, stillness and meditation, sharing and giving.  

  • Shining a light on wood for all seasons

    Shining a light on wood for all seasons

    02.12.2020. During the long, dark, off-season winter months, the lighting of this iconic open-air swimming amenity, designed by White Arkitekter, turns African wood into a dramatic experience. Offered by INTERHOLCO with FSC 100% certification, Azobé (Lophira alata) and Tali (Erythrophleum spp.) are as durable as they are water resistant, the ideal choice for projects in direct contact with sea water.

  • Diverse, interdependent, together: an ALLIANCE to safeguard the future of African natural forests

    Diverse, interdependent, together: an ALLIANCE to safeguard the future of African natural forests

    15.10.2020. To relate to a forest, is to relate to a country and its inhabitants. To the people, with their culture. Their dreams and aspirations, as much as their shortcomings and concerns. Relationships never stop being a work in progress. Dealing with a forest is no exception. We can become more intelligent and wiser, and over time, more fertile, if we work with others to reinvent the way of our future.

  • Fine wood at your fingertips at the Dubai Wood Show 2020 virtual edition – sign up today!

    Fine wood at your fingertips at the Dubai Wood Show 2020 virtual edition – sign up today!

    INTERHOLCO SDG of the United Nations 3 SDG11 E SDG PRINT 12

    01.09.2020. You don’t need a genie in the bottle to find the wood you need: from 7 to 9 September 2020, join INTERHOLCO at the first virtual edition of the Dubai Wood Show in one click.
    Make yourself at home – literally – as you fly to Dubai from the comfort of your sofa.

  • Why the United Nations chose Tali (Erythrophleum spp.) for the waterfront of their Copenhagen office

    Why the United Nations chose Tali (Erythrophleum spp.) for the waterfront of their Copenhagen office

    19.08.2020. This summer, if you happen to be around Copenhagen (Denmark), make plans to visit the United Nations City. Here, Tali, an African hardwood known for its durability, which INTERHOLCO offers with FSC certification, was chosen for the heavy decking that surrounds the building. With thousands crossing the beautiful waterfront daily, Tali literally paves the way to justice and respect, human rights, environmentally friendly considerations and, peace.

  • INTERHOLCO has pride of place in SPOTT’s State of Transparency 2020, leading 100 timber and pulp and paper companies worldwide

    INTERHOLCO has pride of place in SPOTT’s State of Transparency 2020, leading 100 timber and pulp and paper companies worldwide

    27.07.2020. Because our products give access to life-changing benefits to a community of 10’000 people in one of Congo’s most landlocked regions. Because our resources are vitally important living wonders.  Because our forest protection means that anything, from a mushroom to an elephant, should thrive in their natural habitat.  We know, and care about, forests. And it shows.

  • INTERHOLCO's laminated scantlings: engineered to perform

    INTERHOLCO’s laminated scantlings, high-performing products to make you project proud

    INTERHOLCO SDG of the United Nations 3 INTERHOLCO SDG of the United Nations 12 E WEB Goal 17

    16.06.2020. Exterior or interior projects require a strong, stable, long-lasting material. You like wood, but do not want to harm the forest? We love forests, too!And so do our wood products. INTERHOLCO brings you finger-jointed laminated scantlings that won’t cost the Earth. Our new brochure shows how.

  • The mask which protects INTERHOLCO's campaign against COVID-19

    The mask which protects

    01.05.2020. In the North of Congo, the Kwele forest people use heart-shaped masks for their rites. Through these masks, the Kwele worship earth spirits, chase the soul-eating spirits away, celebrate the passage of seasons and heal the sick. The masks have stylized human faces surmounted by large openwork arching horns. These masks - carved from a lightweight wood - are emblems of high-ranking men and hunters, whose rites mobilise the magic forces of the community.

  • INTERHOLCO ranks 1st in SPOTT’s 2019 assessment

    Engaged for climate, people and wildlife: INTERHOLCO ranks 1st in SPOTT’s 2019 assessment

    31.07.2019.For the third year in a row, INTERHOLCO leads SPOTT’s assessment of timber companies with consistent engagement for the climate, people and wildlife.

  • Introducing our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    Introducing our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    26.03.2019. Companies do play a critical role in helping achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and INTERHOLCO is no exception. In 2015, the United Nations introduced 17 Sustainable Development Goals. For the first time, governments agreed that the challenges international society faces, including those related to poverty, hunger, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice were interconnected and that each sector had a contribution to make.

  • On International Forest Day, INTERHOLCO welcomes 2019, International Year of Indigenous Languages

    On International Forest Day, INTERHOLCO welcomes 2019, International Year of Indigenous Languages

    19.03.2019. We are the language we speak. It is through language that we communicate with the world, define who we are, express our history and values; learn, defend our rights and participate in all aspects of society.

  • Political, financial and economic strategies critical to fight deforestation

    Political, financial and economic strategies critical to fight deforestation

    04.03.2019. Management of forests – especially natural tropical forests – is environmentally and socially superior, but economically inferior to any other land use which destroys the forest. In a world economy which is measuring viability almost exclusively on return on investment, this economic inferiority of managed forests is the key challenge which must be addressed and reversed.

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