About the European Panel Federation

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 local economy.

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.



11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium on 10 - 12 October 2018 in Hamburg, Germany


The Symposium is organised by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI and the European Panel Federation EPF in co-operation with the International Association for Technical Issues related to Wood iVTH e.V. and the company SasolWax. Since more than 20 years, this European Wood-based Panel Symposium is renowned to be the leading meeting point for technical and environmental experts in the wood-based panels and related industries and its suppliers, as well as research and education institutes and specialised consultants.


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EPF Chairman confirms to COP Presidents and EU Commissioners that we should be scared of the scarcity of wood in Europe, and cites 3 ways to address this


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Latest News: EPF Chairman, Mr Fantoni meets President of the EU Parliament, Mr Tajani


Latest News: EPF Chairman, Mr Fantoni meets President of the EU Parliament, Mr Tajani


On 20 June 2018, EPF President Dr Paolo Fantoni and Federlegno President, Mr Emanuele Orsini met Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.

The meeting was especially focused on major topics of interest for both Federations, such as the contingencies on the application of Carb 2 in the US, the implementation of E1 compulsory in Europe and the consequences of the Revision of the Renewable Energy Directive.