Meet the team
Mike has been involved in the timber trade for more than 50 years. He began as an apprentice at the age of 16 and went on to work for a large timber importer. Having worked for an American company selling Far Eastern and American plywood he then established Wood International Agency in 1977. As the company nears its 40th anniversary Mike’s industry knowledge and experience are invaluable, and his drive and passion continue to shape the business as it moves forward into the future.
During his early years with the company, Alan lived in the USA, where he worked at various plywood, OSB, MDF, lumber and gypsum/fibre manufacturing plants. Here he developed a detailed knowledge of forestry, production, logistics and the various commercial functions. In the 1990s he began to sell Southern Yellow Pine plywood into the UK, and OSB into South Africa and the Middle East. He also began working extensively on the FiberBond project, and learnt to sell to specifiers and architects, holding various seminars around the country, creating a strong market presence on a specifier driven product. At the end of the 1990s Wood International became the first agency to import FSC® plywood from Gethal Amazonas into the UK, and at this time Alan began to get heavily involved with the Chilean and Brazilian plywood industries.
“What you can expect when dealing with them is, respect, value, support, encouragement and enthusiasm. I must make it absolutely clear that for me Wood International is considered elite of timber agents worldwide.”
DIRECTOR EUROPEAN SALES
SUDATI, GUARARAPES, REPINHO BRAZIL
The trail of documentation that goes alongside the acquisition of forest products can be daunting. Here at Wood International we are fully conversant in all aspects of documentation, legislation and environmental certification.
We deal with all import licences and certificates, manufacturing declarations and have detailed knowledge of global import tax requirements…
Good forest management has a positive effect on not only the global environment but also local communities and the lives of the families within them. We are conscious of the increasing focus on environmentally ethical sourcing and practice being applied to manufacturing and construction projects across all elements of industry and commerce. Responsible sourcing is vital, and the need to take care of the worlds’ forests is always at the forefront of our business.