Trade Sense – Aug 4, 2013
This September 5-7th, BC Wood Specialty Group will be hosting the 10th Global Buyers Mission at Whistler, BC. The GBM is an annual three-day networking and trade show program that brings pre-qualified buyers of wood products from around the world together with Canadian suppliers of lumber and finished building materials.
This year there will be some 700+ invited attendees, a number that has grown from 100 since the first GBM in 2004. At that time, incoming buyers were solely from the US. Now, as international buyers get ready to once again meet value-added wood producers from across Canada, that number has grown to almost 20 countries.
The Global Buyers Mission continues to be one of the best business-building events in Canada for wood products manufacturers interested in growing their export market opportunities. Indeed, this is the most cost-effective way to get producers from across BC and Canada to get their products in front of qualified buyers.According to the BC Wood Specialties Group website, pre-qualified wood products buyers from last year’s GBM came from the US, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, Vietnam and the EU, to name just a few. This year there will be even more countries represented.
Besides export sale opportunities, this event allows attendees to develop new business relationships with local architects, designers, developers, and other exhibiting wood products companies.