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IFP gets UK base

IFP gets UK base

TTJ (Timber Trades Journal)

US forest products group International Forest Products Corp. is to run its European lumber and panel operation from the UK, the company confirmed.

The Boston-based tycoon-led business came to the UK in the 1970s to sell containerboard before diversifying into pulp and paper, newsprint, biomass and more recently lumber.

IFP (UK) Managing Director Jonathan Heywood said lumber sales, which had been directed from Vancouver, had increased throughout the company's markets, including the UK and now needed headquarters in its home markets.

"We are looking for an entrepreneur with experience and vision," said Mr. Heywood. "We have an unparalleled sourcing network, but it will not be just British Columbia-based. We are looking to source from Russia, anywhere in Europe or South Africa.