For its 13th edition, the key event for timber professionals in France boosts its international appeal.
This year again, the Carrefour International du Bois confirmed its place as a leading trade show in Europe. Over 10,000 timber industry professionals from 74 countries gathered in Nantes from 4 to 6 June 2014 to learn about the latest innovations in timber in Europe.
In all, no less than 530 exhibitors participated in the 13th edition, covering all sectors and trades dealing with timber products. The increase in traffic is mainly due to the diversity and quality of the offering.
More international visitors
As a key business event for the entire timber industry, the Carrefour International du Bois this year attracted 25% foreign professionals, up 2% from last year.
Impressive architectural scene
The first ever International Conference on “Timber, Design and Eco-construction” held Friday, June 6 brought together more than 130 people. The conference highlighted the resilience of timber to different climates around the world.
Internationally famous architects were present at this event on timber construction, organized by the International Agency Nantes Saint-Nazaire.
They were all fascinated by the exciting things happening in Nantes. “The cultural
dynamics of the city positively influence architecture,” said Dominique Gauzin-Müller, an architect journalist specializing in sustainable construction and keynote speaker at the conference.
“The architecture scene in Nantes is amazing. When architects from Vorarlberg (Austria) asked me to arrange a visit to France, I didn’t hesitate for a second, I brought them to Nantes!” she added.
This dynamic image of Nantes is shared by her foreign colleagues. “The cultural dynamics in Nantes open up your mind,” said Pierre Thibault, architect and interior designer in Quebec. “The speed with which projects progress is very impressive, especially on the Ile de Nantes“.
Mamoun Zaari is an architect in Morocco. This is
the first time he’s been back to Nantes since he visited in 1998. “Nantes has changed a lot!” he exclaimed, “The look of the city, but also everything that’s going on in terms of culture. It’s amazing!”
The timber industry is historically rooted in Nantes Saint-Nazaire. The region has some fifty educational institutions, including the Ecole Supérieure du Bois, and industry leading skilled trade firms.