The biennial all-timber exhibition will take place at the Parc Beaujoire in Nantes, France from June 1-3, 2022.

It was originally scheduled to take place in May 2020 and was first postponed until February 2021, then to May this year. But the Covid-19 situation led the organisers to conclude that it was best to hold off for another 12 months.

“The health crisis has become a factor of uncertainty and changed the cards for events around the world – they have been very strongly impacted by the pandemic and will be unable to resume normal activities in the weeks, or even months, to come,” said the organisers.

“The safety of our exhibitors and visitors is our primary concern and this and recent government decisions in France persuaded the bureau of Atlanbois, comprising professionals from the forestry and wood industry, not to hold the event this year.”

They added that they were confident they could count on the “solidarity of exhibitors, visitors and partners” for the 2022 exhibition.

The last Carrefour broke records, with exhibitor numbers at an all-time high of 560, 37% from outside France, and show space 6% bigger to accommodate them. Attendance was up 10% at 11,500, with 29% from abroad compared with 28% at the 2016 show.

The continued growth of wood-based building was particularly apparent, evidenced by a busy Techniques & Solutions hall, which focuses on timber in construction, and visitor interest in the display of winning architectural designs from the ‘Immeubles a Vivre Bois’ (Wood buildings for life) competition run by France’s Adivbois timber construction initiative.