This year’s Annual General Meeting of the European Panel Federation was held from 24 to 26 June
in Vienna, the hometown of our Honorary President Mr Ladislaus Döry, to celebrate the end of his
decade long Presidency. The meetings were held at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance
Vienna Hotel, ideally located close to the Belvedere Castle and the city centre offering excellent
accommodation and meeting facilities at very reasonable costs.
Vienna, with certainty one of the cultural capitals of the European continent, is synonymous with the
waltz, the exquisite coffeehouses, but there is much more to this vibrant capital on the Blue Danube!
Schönbrunn Castle, Hofburg Palace, St Stephan’s Cathedral, The Spanish Riding School, …- all
these attractions have been preserved in undying majesty inviting you to explore the past.
During the meeting, the new EPF Chairman, Dr Fantoni gave extensive thanks to Mr Döry and
complimented him on the many wonderful achievements during his tenure, confirming that he
will retain the title of EPF Honorary President. In his address to the General Assembly, Dr Fantoni
presented 5 goals and commitments which he considers to be the strategic cornerstones of his Chairmanship:
1. E1 – All members commit to help make at least E1 quality compulsory in Europe for production,
distribution and import for all wood-based panels (particleboard, MDF, OSB, fibreboards, and plywood).
Legislation to ensure this should be sought country by country (following the successful example of Italy).
On a pan-European basis, the EPF Internal Agreement dated February 2008 that commits particleboard,
MDF and OSB members to manufacture boards of at least E1 quality remains valid.
2. New Standards – Any new standard should require the raw panel to meet the required emission level,
irrespective of whether or not a surface or cover will be, or has been applied. In other words, the emission
level should be at least the same “in” the board, as is defined by the standard (“outside”).
3. Image - We must strive to improve the image of our industry. We no longer wish to be seen as a
“consumer of resources”. Instead we want public opinion to recognise our industry’s valuable contribution
to recyclability, carbon storage, and low energy consumption, all on a sustainable basis.
4. Building Industry – The wood based panels industry is, and has been, too reliant on furniture for sales.
In future we must actively engage, and work more towards the building industry, at every level, to ensure
a bright future for our members in this field.
5. Africa – This continent offers great promise. New commercial and technical standards will be drawn up
for Africa in the coming years. Currently there is a three way tussle for influence between Europe, North
America and Asia. We must engage and be sure that Europe becomes the point of reference for this
important potential market.