The company Bamboo Import Europe BV is a joint venture between Bamboe Bouw Nederland and Guadua Bamboo, and was founded by Pim van der Eng, Sandra Bonne and Stéphane Schröder in 2016.
Pim and Sandra started Bamboe Bouw Nederland from their garage in 2008 and grew it into the largest bamboo retailer of the BENELUX. Although bamboo wasn't a well known fencing or construction material in the Netherlands, the couple managed to land prestigious projects that would demonstrate the amazing properties of bamboo to a large public.
The path to success however wasn't easy. Unreliable suppliers, poor quality batches and production delays had significant impact in the early years. They overcame their initial set backs, gathered a lot of experience and found reliable suppliers that would grow the business to a higher level.
In their search for reliable bamboo suppliers they found Guadua Bamboo, a company owned by Belgian bamboo expert Stéphane Schröder. Stéphane who lived and worked in Central and South America for over a decade is specialized in the cultivation, transformation, commercialisation and export of the world’s strongest bamboo species: Guadua angustifolia.
After several years of successfully doing business together, the 3 entrepreneurs decided to combine their expertise in order to expand the business, develop new products and access the international market.