EPF has members in 25 countries. The EU
wood panel industry has a turnover of about
22 billion euro every year, creates over 100,000
jobs directly and counts more than 5,000
enterprises in Europe.
Furthermore, every job in the wood-panel
industry generates a multiple of jobs in the
downstream user sectors such as the further
processing companies and the users in the
building, furniture and packaging industries,
which have a strong SME character.
Additionally, wood panel factories are often
located in rural, less industrialized or developed
areas, making an important contribution to the
Since 1 January 1999, the European Panel
Federation (EPF), represents the European
manufacturers of particleboard, MDF and
OSB, with a total production in 2011 of more
than 30 million m3 of particleboard, more
than 11.5 million m3 of MDF and more than
3.5 million m3 of OSB. EPF thus took over
the tasks of FESYP, the European federation
of associations of the particleboard manufacturers
(founded in 1958) and Euro MDF Board, the
European federation of MDF manufacturers
(founded in 1986). In March 2012 also the
leading European manufacturers of wet
process fibreboards decided to join EPF,
who were previously represented by FEROPA.
Since then, EPF also operates the ‘Natural
Fibre Boards’ (NFB) trademark. In March 2015,
EPF also welcomed the application of the majority of the European plywood manufacturers to become regular members and constituted a dedicated plywood product group and plywood task force.