Europe’s leading venue and showcase for timber materials, the 8th Carrefour International du Bois (CIB) is well on track to host its biggest show to date.

The exhibition grew 20% in terms of exhibitors, visitor numbers and floor space between the 2000 and 2002 shows and now demand for floor space is such that the organisers, Atlanbois and the Port Autonome of Nantes Saint Nazaire, have laid on another hall.

CIB, which runs from June 2-4, has already established itself as a forum for trading in timber and the organisers are now keen to stress its international nature. And, according to show co-ordinator Samantha Padden, visitors from the UK will be particularly welcome.

“Nantes is very accessible from the UK with daily direct flights from Gatwick, and is only two and a half hours from Paris on the TGV.”

Language need not be a barrier either: “If groups from the UK make themselves known to me I can escort them around the show,” she said. “And 70 students from the Ecole Superiore du Bois will be on hand to offer a translation service.”