Vandecasteele Houtimport is a fourth generation, family run business that imports timber and timber products from more than 45 countries. The company specialises in the import, trading and export of Tropical Hardwood from Africa, Southeast Asia and South America, Scandinavian and Russian Softwood, Siberian Larch, North American Soft and Hardwood and European Hardwood.
“We import, stock and distribute hardwood and softwood from all over the world to over 30 countries. Due to the fast pace of modern industry, we can react quickly to our customers’ demands and deliver stocks difficult to source within days on our own fleet of 18 vehicles,” said Genevieve Standaert, Export Manager.
“Vandecasteele has the resources and ability to adapt to the sensitivity of the market and bridges the gap between sources of supply in Africa, Far East, South America and North America to Europe, in a matter of days.” Genevieve stated, “This makes the company the first choice with many importers and merchants. Utilising its most impressive and vast stockholding of Hardwoods and Softwoods coupled with strong environmental credentials.”
Vandecasteele Houtimport has over 130 timber species in stock including the new addition of European Oak FSC® in Joinery, Prime and Super Prime grades. With a broad range spanning from the most expensive and rare hardwoods, to a full assortment of softwoods, Vandecasteele Houtimport provides a selection of wood available in various quantities and sizes.
100% of the softwoods stocked are certified. Over 30,000 m3 of the Tropical hardwood stock is now certified and this number is still growing. Vandecasteele has a dedicated team to ensure all due diligence is up to date. In addition to the strict due diligence process, Vandecasteele has invested in a forest engineer in Brazil to ensure full control on the CoC of the Brazilian timbers purchased. This makes Vandecasteele Houtimport the biggest stockholder of certified tropical timbers in Europe.
A feat within the company’s range is Thermo Ayous, a thermally modified timber which is an excellent choice for cladding. Thermo Ayous is a knot free clear grade hardwood, which has been created using the latest thermal modification processes. Thermo Ayous Wood Cladding is a popular choice next to a whole range of traditional species such as Western Red Cedar, Siberian Larch, Oregon Pine, European Oak and many Tropical Hardwoods which are commonly specified by Architects.
Vandecasteele Houtimport maintains a strong stance on meeting sustainable and environmental aims within its business. “Since 2000, Vandecasteele Houtimport has committed itself through the Corporate Sustainability Charter, by signing up to environmental objectives and exceeding applicable environmental legislation.” Genevieve elaborated, “The charter is a management tool and incorporates the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This year, Vandecasteele will obtain the UNITAR certificate from CIFAL FLANDERS.”
With a clear dominating presence through the company’s 135 years of trading in wood, Vandecasteele Houtimport is continuing its commitment to its customers and suppliers and is striving to continuously improve its business. The company has also set a challenging goal to stock 100% certified timbers from 2025 and looks to the future with confidence.
For further information, call 0032 5643 3300 or visit www.vandecasteele.be