The dynamic entrepreneurship in the forestry sector - VIK wood belongs to the international hotel chain and was conducted by the study Enkel Group, as published in its latest monthly report of the 2018 Uruguay XXI Institute.

Faced with the shortage of forest land of this type in other regions of the world, and thanks to its favorable business climate, great social stability and tax incentives for investors, Uruguay managed to attract major foreign investments that have boosted this sector of the economy, doubling its value in just five years, he established the company in the report.

An example is the three-story building with wooden structure CLT (cross-laminated timber) that built international hotel chain VIK Jose Ignacio, one of the most exclusive resorts on the East Coast Uruguay. This building, which ended in early December, is also the first building of its kind in South America.

Enkel Group, architectural, construction and importer, was the Uruguayan company commissioned to carry out this project that reaches approximately 1,800 square meters, used 504 cubic meters of timber and caught 580 tons of CO2, equivalent to removing the vehicle fleet Uruguay 122 vehicles during the period of one year.

this project reaches approximately 1,800 square meters, used 504 cubic meters of timber and 580 tons of CO2 captured

"In recent times came the need for access to building systems that generate more competitive. In that quest, and the spirit of go hand in hand with the world and with sustainability in construction, found in the CLT an incomparable solution, "said Matias, Albergo, CEO of the construction group.

El director técnico del grupo, el arquitecto Juan Gutiérrez, indicó que Vik, su cliente, quería construir esta obra con una estructura de madera y tenían muy corto plazo de ejecución. La firma que ya está instalada en Punta del Este con tres hoteles de primera línea, decidió seguir invirtiendo en el país y sumó un nuevo nicho de hotelería que completa su pool de negocios. El nuevo edificio tiene tres calidades de habitaciones con un concepto más libre que el de la hotelería tradicional, ya que ofrece una parte de hostel, hotel y bungalows.

"This construction wood has many environmental advantages but also of industrialization and construction processes, such as speed and quality control. Is a favorable system where you look, for quality, economic level, environmental issues and a matter of time, "said Gutierrez.

The structure is developed in six buildings: three of three floors, one of two one one. The first wooden panel began on May 24 and construction was completed in early December.

The structure is developed in six buildings: three of three floors, one of two one one

According to this project, Albergo allowed to continue boosting the industry and open doors to new projects that are to be realized in Uruguay or Uruguay to the world. "We're going down that road. You are about to close three or four projects for next year, and the idea is to build a plant to produce local wood and that the implementation of these projects go hand in hand with being able to use local raw materials to add value, "he said.

the idea is to build a plant to produce local wood and that the implementation of these projects go hand in hand with local raw materials to use to add value

Gutierrez further stated that the building has generated great interest from both academia and private. "Wood is the largest product engineering technology applied in the world and we currently have in the country a fabulous production of wood being underused," he said.

Indeed, Uruguay has a strategic location for the development of this activity and has planted thirty times in the last 25 years surface. Whereas, the area declared forestry priority soils corresponds to 24% of the total agricultural area of ​​the country.

Uruguay is also located at the same latitude as the major forest enterprises in the world, such as Australia, New Zealand, Chile and South Africa. Its favorable natural conditions ensure very good levels of international competitiveness. Its mild climate and evenly distributed rainfall throughout the year have benefited the wide availability of soils with high yields.

Thus the average growth of timber is six times higher than in the northern hemisphere, and also almost all of its production has international certification.

Taken from the report of Uruguay XXI Institute of December 2018.

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