• 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. 

  • 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.

  • The future needs wood

    The future needs wood

    03.05.2021.More than 1.000 fair trade job opportunities provide 10.000 people with the means to build their future with dignity in one of the most remote regions of the Republic of Congo. That is but one of the solutions that 'Sustainable Hardwood Made in Africa', INTERHOLCO's flagship product, delivers.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Women on the front line against COVID-19

    Women on the front line against COVID-19

    11.03.2021. The theme chosen for International Women's Day 2021, "Women's Leadership: For an Equal Future in the World of Covid-19", reflects an obvious fact: the importance of women's contributions. Faced with the health and social emergency caused by the pandemic in the Republic of Congo, INTERHOLCO has taken into account the leadership potential of women by involving them in its intervention strategy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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'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.

  • 40 dwarf crocodiles rescued from the clutches of poachers INTERHOLCO Alliance against COVID-19

    Rescuing dwarf crocodiles from the clutches of poachers

    25.05.2020. Behind his blue mask, the eco-guard is smiling: lying in the back of his pick-up under the scorching sun, 40 dwarf crocodiles are about to be set free. Before being released back in the river Sangha, they need rehydrating with a water sprinkle. With their muzzle tied up, they are lucky to be still alive. ‘That could show that the young crocodiles, a partially protected species in Congo, were not just destined for slaughter on the local market of Ouesso but rather, smuggling,’ argues José Blanchard Bokandza.

  • Cordon sanitaire to keep one's distance from the virus INTERHOLCO Alliance against COVID-19

    Cordon sanitaire, a strategic measure to keep one’s distance from the virus

    13.05.2020. IFO has extended the strategic measures developed with local authorities to stem the spread of COVID-19 to service providers. A cordon sanitaire is now in place at the gates of the industrial site. Whether arriving from Douala (Cameroon), Brazzaville or Pointe-Noire (Congo), cities where several people have already been infected, carriers are requested to park in a suitable area, some 500 m away from the entrance to the sawmills. The aim is to limit the spread of the virus as much as possible, protect workers and their communities and focus on prevention, with better management of potential cases.

  • Wood working also means, giving unknown people a chance INTERHOLCO Alliance campaign: join us and donate now

    Woodworking also means, giving unknown people a chance

    08.05.2020. In order to ease the burden on the state health system, our Congo-based company IFO has mobilised staff working at the IFO medical centre (CMS). In the village of Ngombé, where 10,000 inhabitants live, all healthcare staff is thus in the front line, in the fight against COVID-19. The state's integrated health centre (CSI) has been converted into an ad hoc care unit, to keep those likely to have contracted the virus separate from all other patients, who will continue to be admitted to IFO's medical centre.

  • Thermoflash body temperature screening INTERHOLCO Alliance campaign against COVID-19

    Woodworking, an essential activity in times of COVID-19

    06.05.2020.Right as the infinitely 'small' shakes the whole world, the Republic of Congo has considered harvesting and transformation of sustainable hardwood ‘Made in Africa’ an essential activity of its economy. Work and life at IFO are fully continuing, even though Congolese authorities have extended the state of health emergency. The company, determined to win the fight against COVID-19, is concerned for the health of workers.

  • 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.

  • When washing hands saves lives - INTERHOLCO's Alliance against COVID-19

    When washing hands saves lives

    A deadly virus. 210 countries affected.* A simple gesture, to be repeated several times a day.

    29.04.2020. In the village of Ngombé, in northern Congo, one of the most landlocked regions of the country, our subsidiary IFO (Industrie Forestière de Ouesso) gives its 900 workers 3 kg of soap per day. It's 5:45 in the morning, when they arrive to clock in. But before anyone gets to work, each and everyone has to wash their hands.

  • Earth Day: Leave no one behind in the face of COVID-19

    Earth Day: Leave no one behind in the face of COVID-19

    E WEB Goal 10 E WEB Goal 15 E WEB Goal 17

     

    22.04.2020. This year, tv channel ARTE celebrates International Earth Day with a new broadcast of 'Congo, Protecting the Gorilla Forests'. Filmed in the North of Congo Brazzaville, partly in the forest which INTERHOLCO manages sustainably, the documentary won Germany's prestigious nature film prize for 2019, the coveted Deutscher NaturfilmPreis.

  • Join us in the fight against COVID-19

    Join us in the fight against COVID-19!

    INTERHOLCO SDG of the United Nations 3 E WEB Goal 17

     

    27.03.2020. With sustainability and growth among its core values, INTERHOLCO is striving to ensure well-being and safety to its employees, in Europe and Africa alike. COVID-19 demands a real ALLIANCE amongst all members of society. We are launching a campaign in five languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese, available on this link: http://bit.ly/IHC-Join-us-against-COVID-19

  • Sustainable Hardwood to celebrate forests and protect biodiversity

    Sustainable Hardwood to celebrate forests and protect biodiversity

    INTERHOLCO SDG of the United Nations 12 INTERHOLCO SDG of the United Nations 15

     

    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.

  • Annie Ayoko (left) cheers up a baby to whom she has just subministrated a vaccine. © T. Baldassarri Höger von Högersthal / Interholco. All rights reserved.

    The wood that keeps forest children safe

    INTERHOLCO SDG of the United Nations 3 INTERHOLCO SDG of the United Nations 12

     

    11.02.2020. Forests worldwide are known to be rich in stories, legends and myths; places hosting unusual turns and transformations. As the most densely wooded part of Africa, the Congo Basin forest is definitely no exception. Many of its plants and trees hold cultural and spiritual values.

  • 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.
     
  • #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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Azobé wood by Interholco in Amersfoort (Netherlands)

    Our beautiful Azobé wood for a sustainable future

    05.12.2017. Beautiful Azobé wood from our FSC-certified forest concession freshly arrived in Amersfoort in the Netherlands: happy kids can grow up in a healthy, sustainable and secure environment.

  • Interholco CEO Ulrich Grauert at the CPF Conference in FAO Rome

    Interholco urges for Action Plan to support sustainable management in tropical natural forests

    20.02.2018. Interholco CEO Ulrich Grauert addressed over 300 participants in the conference ‘Working across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area - from Aspiration to Action’.

  • Interholco supports Fair&Precious brand

    Interholco supports ‘Fair & Precious’ brand for certified African wood companies

    14.11.2017. Green consumers, look no further: Interholco is proud to support the new ‘Fair and Precious’ brand, launched in Paris on 8 November 2017.

  • Interholco Sustainability Report 'Enabling Landscapes'

    Interholco launches its first Sustainability Report

    09.10.2017.Sustainable hardwood specialist Interholco presents its first Sustainability Report: the data collected and analyzed cover the years 2014 to 2016.

  • Interholco new brochure 2017

    Natural sophistication in new Interholco brochure

    04.04.2017. What would you call the colourful butterfly on the cover of our new brochure, but ‘natural wonder’?

  • View of the INTERHOLCO stand at Carrefour du Bois 2016

    Creative, constructive, convincing: wood does it better at Carrefour du bois 2016

    16.06.2016. Defying the strikes and severe flooding that hit France just as the Carrefour started, 10,000 visitors met in Nantes from 1 to 3 June. 

  • Interholco´s FSC-certified forest management in Congo

    Keeping tropical forests, bettering lives

    21.04.2016. In many countries and regions of the world, 'Mother Earth' is the expression used to reflect the interdependence between human beings, other living species and our planet.

  • Around 120 women took part in the International Day celebration in Ngombe / © T. Baldassarri / INTERHOLCO

    Empowering women against AIDS

    21.03.2016. On International Women's Day, around 120 women of all ages from Congo, Cameroon, Rwanda, Tchad, from local and indigenous communities, gathered in Ngombé.

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