Forests area: 325 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): 20,000
Stylish, durable and low maintenance, timber is one of the most popular and widely used materials in the flooring sector. Solid, engineered or laminate, timber brings a natural and elegant element to any interior and wooden flooring is widely recognized as a hard wearing, natural product and suitable for most building types. With a wide range of species, colors, textures and grain patterns plus a winning combination of sustainability and aesthetics, it has become a key material for building specification.
As well as being a long term staple of domestic homes and DIY, timber flooring is now being increasingly requested in the commercial sector. Hygienic and easy to clean in comparison to carpet, timber is regularly specified in healthcare and educational environments.
Demand for responsibly-produced goods is growing everywhere. Wood products use considerably less energy in their production than many alternative materials and with climate change and environmental concerns ever-present, both consumers and clients are increasingly seeking assurances that the products they buy have been responsibly-sourced.
From commercial building owners and public sector specifiers to the DIY and residential markets, everybody is now far better informed and knowledgeable about their purchasing decisions and the impact on the environment. They are increasingly looking to buy timber products that are labeled as legal and sustainable.