Fairventures Services welcomed Preda Plus/Swisscontact Macedonia from January 22. – 23. at the IMM in Cologne. The aim was to provide information about the furniture market in Germany and the EU for the employment project “Increased Market Employability” (IME), based in Macedonia and funded by the Swiss government. A central question, for example, was how a design for the EU market could look like. Yet another focus was out on demonstrating factors of success for Macedonian businesses to establish themselves at the German and European market. Strengthening the Balkan countries to create employment in the wood sector, and therefore preventing causes of flight, is also an important task for Fairventures Services.
From January 15. – 19., Fairventures Services presented three wood-processing companies from Peru and their interesting wood species at the most attractive European trade fair for flooring on behalf of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD). The three companies – Peruvian Flooring, Bozovich und Maderacre – presented themselves and their FSC-certified products in the categories decking and flooring at a joint booth and established contacts to many potential buyers. Moreover, still widely unknown Peruvian wood with high durability and good processing qualities was presented at the booth, which was organized in cooperation with the Peruvian Export Promotion Agency. Supply sources and characteristics of FSC-certified wood were already researched for the Interzum 2015, and portrayed in technical data sheets and a company brochure. Many prospective buyers visited the nicely arranged booth and were thrilled by the variety and quality of the Peruvian wood.
From February 10. – 13., Fairventures Services organized a study tour for Macedonian producers of organically cultivated agriculture products on behalf of Swisscontant Macedonia and the employment project IME at the Biofach Fair in Nuremberg. The market potential for Macedonian products was evaluated and export possibilities of ecological products to Germany and Switzerland were discussed. Further significant topics were the certification and labels such as “Bio” and “Fairtrade” as well as awareness raising of farmers and Macedonian producers. The aim to strengthen the Macedonian export of organic, sustainable products and to secure perspectives and employment in agriculture was pursued and being focused on.