Worldwood was founded in 1965 by Albert van Buren who had previously worked for many years in the international timber trade. During his earlier years he gained a valuable insight into the furniture industry identifying its appeal and demand for more unusual and exotic timbers This resulted in his specializing in the timbers Palissander and Wengé. In 1983 after finishing his education in Forestry in Velp, his son Ronald joined the company. Teak was then introduced to the portfolio of timbers stocked with the result that Worldwood soon became a market leader in teak, with sales to both domestic and international yacht builders, as well as to the wider timber trade both at home and abroad.

Ronald van Buren took over the company from his father in 1993 and continues to be the driving force behind the company. In September 2008 the company formed a sister company with Woodimex International. This company servicing the larger joinery companies together with merchants, giving the company a broader customer base. As of February 2013  Maasstad Hout en Plaat, servicing the regional timber market in plywood and softwoods and Bloemen de Maas, specialised in Teak decks,  were added. All companies were housed under the Woodimex Group. As from 1 December 2019 Bloemen de Maas has been sold, so today the Woodimex Group consists of 3 operation companies.

At the end of 2019 the daughter of the founder, Monique Jansen-van Buren, has joined the company so this makes it a real family owned business.