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.
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.
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.
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 and Studio Lamela Arquitectos.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 unique Thermo-Density® process.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MOSO Middle East
MOSO Middle East, established at the beginning of 2017, focuses on the GCC area: UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. This venture is highly involved in architecture and in the building industry, and is based in Dubai.
MOSO North America
With a dedicated team serving the US and Canadian market, MOSO® launches the new subsidiary MOSO North America. The focus is on the outdoor collection Bamboo X-treme®. MOSO® now serves customers worldwide with 7 offices and more than 60 employees.
Fire resistant outdoor products
MOSO® products are all tested according to European standards for fire resistance. Additionally, MOSO® Bamboo X-treme® is tested in the USA and reaches flame spread index Class A following US standard ASTM E84 without use of fire retardants, making the product especially interesting for commercial projects.
“To become the world’s leading company in high quality bamboo solutions for durable indoor and outdoor applications.”