After his apprenticeship, he joined the mother house of Theodor Nagel in Hamburg before he moved to Switzerland in 1970.
His company is specialised in the import of special and rare woods for parquets, music instruments, ships as well as exclusive boards and panels. Due to his activities, Mr Knecht travels all over the world. He advised the Swiss Development Cooperation in the labelling obligation and in the legal import of wood and wood products to Switzerland. His assignment as an advisor for the technical wood sector within the SIPPO Advisory Board started in 2012.