"The organisers have done a great job with the forum," said export manager Genevieve Standaert. "And many of the buyers and specifiers who attended the forum have then come onto our stand – people attract people."

This year’s show proved to be "even better than last year", said Ms Standaert.

"It costs a lot of money to exhibit but it’s worth it to see all your customers and suppliers in two days."

She added that Vandecasteele was becoming a bigger player in US hardwoods, since including them in the product portfolio last year and that the company was now also able to offer FSC-certified bilinga, "from decking through to very large sections".

"The market has reacted well to it," she said.