On the occasion of EPF’s Annual General Meeting in Venice on 7th & 8th July, and in the presence of
MEP Simona Bonafè, MEP David Borrelli, Mr Carlo Mari Medaglia of the Italian Ministry of the Environment,
captains of the European panel industry and their suppliers, the Chairman and President of the Composite
Panel Association of North America and members of the trade press, Mr Clive Pinnington, EPF Managing
Director presented an economic review of the wood-based panels industry in 2015. Figures were drawn
from the recently published EPF Annual Report, an extensive compilation of industry statistics collected
by the federation.
In 2015 particleboard production went up by 1.5% to 29.1 million m³ and is expected to continue this positive
trend in 2016 with a further 1.1% growth. Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) production showed an even
greater increase of 2.7% in 2015 rising to 11.8 million m3. Oriented Strand Board (OSB) production improved
by 3.9% in 2015 and amounted to 5 million m3. Hardboard production went up by 9% and amounted
to 616,000 m3 whereas softboard production showed an increase of 10%, reaching 4.4 million m3 in 2015.
All production figures for particleboard, MDF, OSB, hard and softboard relate to the EU28 and EFTA.
Plywood production increased by 1% in 2015 to 2.8 million m³ and is expected to rise by an additional 3.5%
in 2016. Together these figures represent a growth of 3% in 2015 for the wood-based panels industry in
terms of production volume:
|Production (million m³)||Countries||2015||2014||2015 v 2014|
|Particleboard||EU28 + EFTA||29.1||28.7||1.5%|
|MDF||EU28 + EFTA||11.8||11.5||2.7%|
|OSB||EU28 + EFTA||5.0||4.8||3.9%|
|Hardboard||EU28 + EFTA||0.6||0.6||9.0%|
|Softboard||EU28 + EFTA||4.4||4.0||10.0%|
|Plywood||EU28 + CH||2.8||2.8||1.0%|
A geographical anlysis of the annual figures was shared, showing the relative size of each country in the
production of particleboard, MDF, OSB and plywood.
EPF reported that the industry is guardedly optimistic about the future, predicting stable to good outlooks
in all markets. However the industry is greatly troubled by the increasingly critical status of wood availability,
as measured by its own research. This is presented below in graphical format.
After the presentation of the 2015 results the topic of the circular economy, and especially how the cascade
use of wood can help to optimise our approach to this valuable resource for Europe became the focal point
of the discussions. For more information about these results, and to order a copy of EPF’s Annual Report,
please contact the EPF Secretariat in Brussels.