• INTERHOLCO’s Alliance Culture ‘Best in the World’ for Timber

    INTERHOLCO’s Alliance Culture ‘Best in the World’ for Timber

    07.10.2021. We are honoured that Interholco's ALLIANCE CULTURE Sustainability Report has been selected as Best in the World for Timber and Forest Management in the framework of the Hallbars Awards 2021, the most prestigious international recognition for sustainability awards.

  • 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.

  • Friends of the forest 2/2

    Friends of the forest 2/2

    21.05.2021. As agreed with the Congolese state, owner of the parks as well as of the Ngombé forest, INTERHOLCO is required to secure the area against unauthorised settlement, illegal harvesting, poaching, bushmeat trade and irreversible change.

  • 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.

  • Talking wood: ‘Conservation is only possible if we have a good relationship with the communities’

    Talking wood: ‘Conservation is only possible if we have a good relationship with the communities’

    22.04.2021. INTERHOLCO works in synergy with the state eco-guards. Close cooperation between the state and the private sector for sustainable wildlife management is an arrangement which is unique to the Republic of Congo, as researchers from the University of Liège have recently illustrated.

  • The Surveillance and Anti-Poaching Unit that Mr. BOKANDZA coordinates (USLAB, in French) comprises 40 law-enforcing eco-guards

    Friends of the Forest 1/2

    19.04.2021. “Conservation is only possible if we have a good relationship with the communities.”José Blanchard BOKANDZA could not have made his approach clearer: The communities are the first custodians of the forest. Because they are the ones who depend on it in their daily life.”

  • 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.

  • International Day of Forests 2021

    Talking wood: "The forest means everything to my home and family"

    21.03.2021.On the occasion of International Day of Forests (21 March), "Sustainable Hardwood – Made in Africa” delivers a message of crucial importance: the forest is more than just trees. She is the mother and source of traditional healing for the local communities and indigenous peoples who have interacted with her over the course of thousands of years. 

  • 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.

  • The future has a beautiful energy, says Congolese entrepreneur Vouala Obambi

    The future has a beautiful energy, says Congolese entrepreneur Vouala Obambi

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    08.03.2021. Congolese entrepreneur Vouala Obambi, Managing Director of ENERGAZ (a SAPRO group company) has a vision for the future: leading change. As the only woman manager of an electricity production company in the Republic of Congo and the youngest in Africa, Ms. Obambi is participating in a call for tenders for the operation of the Liouesso hydroelectric power plant.

  • 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!

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    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.

  • Sustainable Hardwood to celebrate forests and protect biodiversity

    Sustainable Hardwood to celebrate forests and protect biodiversity

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    20.03.2020.The United Nations proclaimed 21 March International Day of Forests and this year shines a light on Forests and Biodiversity. INTERHOLCO offers Sustainable Hardwood 'Made in Africa' as a solution to not only promote better living conditions (construction with wood), but also to reduce climate change, increase social justice and keep forests protected from permanent change to agriculture.

  • INTERHOLCO’s production site speaks Chinese in the latest translation of Meindert Brouwer’s ‘Central African Forests Forever’

    INTERHOLCO’s production site speaks Chinese in the latest translation of Meindert Brouwer’s ‘Central African Forests Forever’

    21.10.2019. On the occasion of the international Forum: Together Towards Global Green Supply Chains, to be held in Shangai on 22 and 23 October 2019, INTERHOLCO is delighted to present Dutch writer Meindert Brouwer’s description of INTERHOLCO’s production site in Chinese.
     
  • Securing gorillas in the Congo awarded with Germany’s highest Nature Film Prize

    Securing gorillas in the Congo awarded with Germany’s highest Nature Film Prize

    08.10.2019. ‘Paradise Preserved: Congo – Protecting the Gorilla Forests’, the film which Thomas Weidenbach produced for ARTE, received Germany’s Nature Film Prize on Saturday 5 October 2019. Commissioned by tv-channel ARTE, known to air cultural programmes, the film was broadcast at the end of June.

  • 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.

  • #Sustainable #Hardwood #MadeinAfrica protects the forest

    #Sustainable #Hardwood #MadeinAfrica protects the forest

    13.05.2019. Forests worldwide are a public good and forestry students often wonder how far private timber companies are prepared to go, to preserve and maintain natural forests. Mr. Ulrich Grauert, INTERHOLCO’s CEO, showed students worldwide how INTERHOLCO walks the talk, during a webinar hosted by the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) on 16 April 2019.

  • INTERHOLCO Protecting the gorilla forest in the Republic of Congo

    Protecting the gorilla forest in the Republic of Congo

    19.06.2019. Anyone who has ever visited Cologne Zoo knows them: the western lowland gorillas, the highlight of every zoo visit. But not everyone knows where these imposing and peaceful animals live. Most occur in the impenetrable forests located in the North of the Republic of Congo. In his film ‘Congo: Protecting the Gorillas’ forest,’ filmmaker Thomas Weidenbach shows how forestry and species conservation can go hand in hand and how little the situation in the heart of Africa has to do with our ideas in Europe.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dubai Wood Show 2019: elevate your project with the best in sustainable hardwood

    Dubai Wood Show 2019: elevate your project with the best in sustainable hardwood

    From 12 to 14 March 2019, sustainable hardwood awaits you at the Dubai Wood Show – the go-to destination for well over 10’000 visitors from the Middle East and North Africa region.

  • African voices have their say on how to keep Central African Forests Forever

    African voices have their say on how to keep Central African Forests Forever

    05.02.2019. With around 120 million people critically depending on the Congo Basin forests for their livelihood, it is baffling how the narrative on tropical forests belongs to voices from the Northern Hemisphere, mostly. With ‘Central African Forests Forever’, Dutch author Meindert Brouwer has finally bridged the gap.

  • Sustainable Hardwood – Made in Africa: the year in advance

    Sustainable Hardwood – Made in Africa: the year in advance

    17.01.2019. A change of heart is what tropical forests need. That is, if their unique biodiversity is to continue thriving; if precious services such as water cycle, rain regime and climate regulation are to be ensured for the planet and, if millions are to enjoy a peaceful life right where they live, i.e. in the natural forests of the Congo Basin - one of the world’s most precious wonders.

  • SNCF champion of Sustainable Hardwood Made in Africa

    SNCF, champion of Sustainable Hardwood, Made in Africa

    12.11.2018. INTERHOLCO Sustainable Hardwood – Made in Africa, and the Paris-based SNCF lead the way in making choices that won't cost the Earth.

  • World Gorilla Day IFO INTERHOLCO

    Gorilla-human cohabitation is key on World Gorilla Day

    24.09.2018. On 24th September the world celebrates World Gorilla Day. Next time you take one of INTERHOLCO’s wood products, look at it as the result of careful selection and sustainable practices that are key in protecting gorilla in the wild, a glorious species with whom we share 98% of our DNA.

  • Sustainable Forest Management, the ‘best land-use’ for Congo Basin’s ‘Natural Capital’

    Sustainable Forest Management, the ‘best land-use’ for Congo Basin’s ‘Natural Capital’

    27.08.2018. Agriculture, mining and conventional logging stand among the major drivers of deforestation, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO,  State of the World’s Forests 2016). That is because those land-uses are often believed to have more economic allure, compared to Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). But is that really so?

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