History

Garnica has its origins in a family sawmill that emerged in 1941 in Baños de Río Tobía (La Rioja, Spain). In 1973 the company founded “Maderas Garnica” and opened a factory in this town for the production of plywood.

In the 1980’s Garnica started to export plywood to some countries: the high quality of the plywood was very well received at several European industrial companies.

The most important growth for the group occurred when a new mill, placed in Fuenmayor (La Rioja, Spain), was brought into operation in 1995. One year later, a peeling operation was set up in Valencia de Don Juan (León, Spain).

In 2003 the corporative headquarters of the group were created in order to centralize and optimize services: General Management and other departments such as Sales, Technical, Production and Quality Grupo Garnica Plywood, S.A was then born.

In 2006 Garnica enters in a period of increased management professionalization, with the senior management team holding greater representation among the company shareholders.

In 2010, the group invested 30 million Euros in the enlargement of the factory of Baños de Río Tobía and in the building of a new mill in Samazan, in southern France.

In 2016, the venture capital group ICG incorporates to the Group as a shareholder. The entry of this new partner is an active support to finance growth and professional management. As a result of this strategy the production process also improved, making it possible to extend our product range. At the same time, Garnica renews its image and adopts the purpose “Challenge the ordinary”.

In 2018 Garnica acquires Maderas de Llodio in 2018, a manufacturer of Radiata pine plywood. This acquisition represents significant raw material and product diversification for the group.

De Gouw Handelmaatschappij is sinds 2008 FSC® en PEFC gecertificeerd.

De Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is een onafhankelijk, breed gesteund en wereldwijd opererend systeem voor de certificering van verantwoord beheerd bos en verantwoord geproduceerd hout.

FSC heeft als eerste wereldwijd toepasbare richtlijnen opgesteld voor certificering van goed bosbeheer en de handelsketen. FSC gecertificeerde goederen kunnen uitsluitend door FSC gecertificeerde bedrijven als zodanig verwerkt en verkocht worden.

PEFC is een certificatieschema voor duurzaam bosbeheer.