Bamboo bridge

MOSO® bamboo history since 1997

MOSO International was founded in 1997, and has since then evolved to become the unchallenged European market leader in the development of innovative and sustainable bamboo products for interior and exterior applications. Follow the time line below to see the mile stones that have contributed to make the MOSO® vision a reality.

1997

MOSO starts selling bamboo

Dutch friends start a business in bamboo flooring, a completely new product in Europe. In the first years, bamboo is imported to a small warehouse in Purmerend. After supplying flooring to craftsmen in the Netherlands, for the growth of the business it is equally, if not more, important to develop a fruitful network of international architects.

1998

First office project

One of the first big steps in setting up a bamboo business, is the order for 6.000 m² industrial bamboo flooring for an office in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

2001

Barajas International Airport in Madrid

As the only bamboo supplier capable to meet the most stringent performance requirements, MOSO acquires the order to supply bamboo for the largest bamboo project ever: 200.000m2 of bamboo ceiling boards for the Barajas International Airport in Madrid, designed by Richard Rogers.

2002

2-ply bamboo flooring

MOSO® develops a 2-ply bamboo flooring (MOSO® Bamboo Supreme). This product’s special construction offers a perfect compromise between durability and stability, providing an ideal solution for large projects.

Bamboo Supreme | 2-ply flooring

2002

DMVP joint venture

Together with a Chinese partner MOSO® sets up a production plant entirely focused on the production of bamboo veneer: DMVP. Up until today DMVP is the only factory in the world specialised in this product.

2003

Bona lacquer

MOSO® is the first bamboo supplier worldwide to provide customers with the possibility to have their bamboo floors lacquered with BONA; the leading wooden flooring lacquer producer in terms of quality and sustainability.

2004

New MOSO® office

Continuous growth after its establishment forces MOSO® to move to a new office with a spacious warehouse (Marowijne 43 in Zwaag, near Amsterdam).

2006

High Density® flooring

MOSO® launches High Density®, a special version of MOSO® bamboo flooring which is made by compressing bamboo strips under very high pressure, resulting in the hardest natural floor available on the market.

How bamboo products are made

2006

BMW dashboard

Thanks to excellent and consistent product performance, MOSO® was selected as the exclusive supplier of bamboo veneer for BMW’s dashboards, opening up a completely new industry for bamboo products.

2008

FSC® certification

Globally recognised as the best certification system for responsible wood production, FSC® is now also available for bamboo. As pioneer in the bamboo industry, MOSO® is able to provide bamboo products with FSC® certification (FSC C002063).

2008

CE marking

The European Union demands that all building products meet high safety, health, and environmental protection requirements, which is organised with CE-marking. All MOSO flooring products are CE marked.

2008

Unibamboo

With Unibamboo MOSO® has developed the first flexible bamboo flooring in the world. This innovative flooring product, patented by MOSO®, combines the virtues of carpet / vinyl with the charm of bamboo.

2009

MOSO China

A new office was established near Hangzhou along with a workshop, to produce all MOSO® sample materials. Besides the office of MOSO China, a new office was established in Hong Kong to deal with direct exports from China to customers.

2009

Barcelona office

MOSO® opens up a new office in Barcelona and establishes MOSO Europe SLU, in order to better serve the Southern European and Latin American markets.

2010

Topbamboo flooring

With Topbamboo, MOSO® shows yet again its talent for the development of products that are in line with the latest market trends. This new flooring product is very easy to install, economical, stable and available in many different colours and finishes.

Topbamboo | engineered board

2010

Bamboo outdoor

MOSO® launches Bamboo X-treme®, the first outdoor bamboo decking product meeting the highest performance and durability requirements in Western markets. This is achieved due to the special Thermo-Density® process, patented by MOSO®.

Bamboo X-treme® | Outdoor decking

2011

CO2 neutral or better

Official LCA and carbon footprint studies (ISO14040/44) conducted by the Delft University of Technology, conclude that all solid MOSO bamboo products are CO2 neutral or better over their full life cycle. The fast growth of the Moso bamboo species is an additional green benefit which is not included in the LCA.

Sustainability

2012

Low emissions

Based on extensive testing by the Bremer Umweltinstitut, all MOSO® bamboo floors have been rated A and A+ in France with respect to emissions of volatile organic compounds: the best classification possible!

2013

Bamboo beams

The introduction of a broad assortment of MOSO® bamboo beams further stimulates the endorsement of bamboo in semi-structural applications, such as doors and window frames.

Solid beam | Solid joist

2014

Flexbamboo

The multi-functional, flexible finishing product Flexbamboo facilitates quick installation and enables the creation of curved surfaces. Flexbamboo can be applied in flooring, walls, and ceilings.

Flexbamboo | Wall covering

2015

New office MOSO International

With more than 30 employees in the Netherlands and a continuously growing assortment and stock, MOSO® moves to a new sustainable office and the biggest bamboo warehouse in Europe.

2015

New office MOSO Europe

To better serve the architects and designers looking for bamboo inspiration, MOSO Europe moves to a new office building in the city-center of Barcelona.

2015

MOSO Africa

The new subsidiary, a joint venture between MOSO International and the established South African company Panda Bamboo, starts operating from the Cape Town office and acts as a hub for Sub-Saharan Africa.

2016

Environmental Product Declaration

MOSO® is the first bamboo company worldwide to have published various independently verified EPD’s (EN 15804) for its product range. This kind of so-called Type III EPD merits credits for transparency in environmental reporting for leading green building schemes such as LEED and BREEAM.

MOSO Bamboo LCA and EPD

2016

MOSO Italia

After acting as a distributor for many years, MOSO Italia is the 4th official subsidiary of MOSO International. The young company moves to an inspiring new location near Milan.

2016

ATEX certification

Customised MOSO Density® flooring is certified for railway stations and airport halls – ATEX from CSTB/FCBA in France. This is the first time that bamboo is officially considered as good and even better than any other wood.

The future

Our vision

“To become the world’s leading company in high quality bamboo solutions for durable indoor and outdoor applications.”