Our history

 

1990

Foundation of Precious Woods by Swiss investors. The company Precious Woods Central America (PWCA) is founded and begins reforesting unused pasture land in Costa Rica.

1993

With the founding of Precious Woods Ltd. the private company opens its doors to shareholders.

1994–1996

Entering the market in Brazil. Precious Woods Amazon is founded with establishing a sustainable forestry operation, which in 1997 will be the first company in the region to be certified according to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards.

2001

Precious Woods together with the Dutch Timber trade company A. van den Berg B.V. founds another forestry business in the Brazilian state of Pará (Precious Woods Pará).

2002

Precious Woods Holding AG becomes a public company by being listed at the SIX Swiss Exchange.

2003

Precious Woods continuously expands its activities and increases afforestation in Central America and Nicaragua.

2005

In Itacoatiara, Brazil, Precious Woods acquires 80% of BK Energia, a biomass power plant affiliated to the Precious Woods Amazon sawmill, which has been in operation since 2002.

In the same year Precious Woods acquires its largest customer and partner, the Dutch company A. van den Berg B.V., which continues to operate as Precious Woods Europe B.V.

2006

Precious Woods expands its activities in the business area of non-timber products from tropical forests by selling its first carbon emission rights.

2007

Precious Woods ventures into Central Africa: Acquisition of the forestry company CEB and the veneer company TGI in Gabon as well as a minority share in a company based in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

2008

In October 2008, the subsidiary Precious Woods Gabon receives the FSC-certificate for her forestry operation (Forest Management Certificate) and the product chain certification (Chain of Custody Certificate) for the industrial sawmilling and re-manufacturing activities.

The lack of legal and institutional frameworks in the Brazilian state of Pará is forcing Precious Woods to give up its forestry operation.

2009

With the FSC certification of the TGI veneer factory, Precious Woods becomes the first company in the world whose entire production line in the forestry and timber industry in the tropics is comprehensively certified.

2010

The restructuring of the Precious Woods Group intensifies; inherited liabilities are cleared up, the productivity increased and the market position strengthened. Precious Woods receives an environmental award from a Swiss Environmental Foundation (Umweltpreis der Schweizerischen Umweltstiftung).

2011

In October, 75% of Precious Woods Central America (PWCA) shares are sold to two existing Swiss shareholders, which was approved by the General Shareholders Meeting 2011. This leads to a partial debt reduction for the Holding.

2012

The Extraordinary General Meeting approves the increase of the ordinary, conditional and authorized capital. The remaining 25% of shares in PWCA are sold to the existing co-shareholders and the debt is reduced further. The Group sells 40% of its shares in BK Energia to the co-shareholder, holding now only 40% of the shares.

2013

On 15 March 2013, the capital increase was carried out successfully. The share capital was increased by CHF 309 451 to CHF 3 747 806 by 309 451 shares with a nominal value of CHF 1.00. The delisting from SIX Swiss Exchange effected on August 2013. In November 2013 it will be decided to dissolve the distribution company Precious Woods Europe in the Netherlands and to transfer its activities to Precious Woods Holding.

2014

Successful conversion of the sales structure. Instead of PW Europe, trading is handled directly by PW Holding and the company is switching to a business-to-business distribution model.

2015

On 30 December 2015, the right to convert convertible loans was exercised to purchase shares. The capital increase amounted to 1 216 214 shares with a nominal value of CHF 1 each to CHF 4 984 020.

2016

On 28 June 2016, the share capital increased with authorized capital in the amount of CHF 806 798 (806 798 shares with a nominal value of CHF 1.00 each). Furthermore, a share capital increased with conditional capital in the amount of CHF 93 850 (93 850 shares with a nominal value of CHF 1.00 each) in August 2016.

2017

On 18 May 2017, the share capital increased with conditional capital was executed by conversion of loan in the amount of CHF 150 000 (150 000 shares with a nominal value of CHF 1.00 each). Precious Woods Amazon is certified according to the guidelines of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

2018

Precious Woods - CEB and TGI are certified according to the guidelines of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). In Bambidie the construction of an additional hardwood sawmill begins. It will be commissioned in 2020.

2019

The land areas and biomass in Brazil were assessed and reported at fair value.