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PRESS RELEASE: EU funded EcoReFibre project releases its first Video on increasing MDF and fibreboard recycling at industrial scale

Brussels, Tuesday 27 February 2024

EPF is delighted to share with you the release of the first video presenting the essence of the EcoReFibre project, showcasing the benefits and versatility of wood-based panels and innovative advancements in the recycling of fibreboards.

Funded by Horizon Europe (14.8 million € for the period May 2022 – April 2026), the project undertaken by a consortium of 20 partners, underscores the importance of collaborative research and development in driving positive change within the wood-based panels sector.

EcoReFibre aims to increase available wood resources in Europe through more recycling at industrial scale. Its ambition is to enhance circularity by pushing wood recycling to the next level and improve waste sorting technologies. Substitution up to 25% of the virgin fibres currently used in the European fibreboard market is one of the project’s targets.

Highly promising industry-led pilot demonstrations, involving leading panel manufacturers, are being developed through industrial trials into solid business opportunities creating and increasing economic value, circularity and environmental benefits.

EPF is proud to be part of this consortium and looks forward to further joint efforts towards sustainable solutions and increased circularity in the wood-based panels sector.

For further information, please contact EPF Administration and Communications Officer: Mrs Isabelle Henin (

PRESS RELEASE: European Panel Federation signs the Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal

Brussels, Friday 23 February 2024

The European Panel Federation (EPF) has signed the Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal. EPF joins 72 leading companies and 34 industry associations representing more than 7.8 million jobs in calling for the Industrial Deal to be put the core of the new European Strategic Agenda for 2024-2029.

A fulfillment of the Antwerp Declaration would allow industry to take its position as a key driver towards a resilient, competitive, and sustainable Europe, that works for all.

A key highlight of this Declaration is its ambition to reindustrialise Europe, positioning Europe as a global leader in sustainable and innovative industry. This message sheds light on the vital role of industry as a driving force for economic growth and job creation, and echoes EPF’s commitments and ambitions as a Role Model Industry. With an annual turnover of about €25 billion and the creation of over 100,000 jobs directly in Europe, our industry is an integral and innovative part of the EU’s bio and circular economies.

The Antwerp Declaration outlines 10 actionable measures, including a streamlining of legislation, and calls for initiatives to position Europe as a global leader in boosting demand for net zero, low carbon and circular products, fostering raw material self-sufficiency, and making the innovation framework smarter.

Signatories represent a broad spectrum of industries from sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, paper, steel, mining, aluminium, glass, zinc, metals, textiles, ceramics, biotech and now wood too. The Declaration was presented to European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen and to Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo at the European Industry Summit held in Antwerp on 20 February.

As EPF Chairman Martin Brettenthaler stresses: ‘Embracing the Antwerp Declaration, we advocate for placing the European Industrial Deal at the forefront of Europe’s agenda, aligning with EPF’s objectives and strategic directions. By prioritising reindustrialisation, especially with natural, innovative sustainable products such as wood-based panels, we can play a vital role in delivering the European Green Deal’.

For further information, please contact EPF Administration and Communications Officer:

Mrs Isabelle Henin


PRESS RELEASE: Martin Brettenthaler remains Chairman of EPF until successor is chosen

Brussels, Friday 2 February 2024

Following the announcement of Martin Brettenthaler’s departure from the SWISS KRONO Group on 31 January 2024, we are pleased to confirm that he has agreed to remain Chairman of EPF whilst his successor is chosen, assuring business as usual for the European wood-based panels federation.

The Board is delighted with the leadership and direction that Mr Brettenthaler has brought since becoming Chairman of EPF in June 2021. In choosing the next Chairman or Chairwoman, the EPF Managing Board will focus on a smooth transition and maintaining the current strategic focus of the association. The Board will next meet in late March in Brussels.

For further information, please contact us at

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Call for Papers: Opportunity to showcase your expertise at the 13th European Wood-Based Panel Symposium in Hamburg

Organised in co-operation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research (WKI) and with the support of iVTH and Hywax, the 13th European Wood-based Panel Symposium will take place on 9-11 October 2024 at the Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg.

Registrations are already available via the conference website. This major networking event offers you the opportunity to showcase your expertise. EPF is delighted to invite you to submit an abstract for an oral presentation. 🔖 Deadline to submit papers is Thursday 29 February 2024.

More information on the conditions and on the submission process are available via this link




Construction 2050 Alliance call and commitment for the new EU political term 

Ahead of the European elections in 2024, the Construction 2050 Alliance, of which EPF is a member, has released its Call and commitment for the new European Union political term. As a first step, the Alliance is committed to establishing, with the support of European policymakers, an annual High-Level Summit for the Built environment, inviting all the relevant policymakers at the EU and national level to take stock of the evolution in the construction market. Read the full document

Save the date: EPF AGM 2024 in Riga, Latvia, 19-21 June 2024

EPF is thrilled to announce that its Annual General Meeting will be held from 19 June to 21 June 2024 in Riga and will be hosted by Latvijas Finieris.

Attendance is by invitation only.

We eagerly anticipate the presence of many industry professionals in Latvia, making this AGM a significant gathering and networking event for the WBP industry.

Save these dates and stay tuned for additional details regarding the AGM logistics and programme.


EPF Chairman Martin Brettenthaler meeting with President Emmanuel Macron, 16 November 2023

On 16 November, EPF Chairman Martin Brettenthaler was delighted to meet with President Emmanuel Macron during his State visit in Switzerland. Together with five other Swiss CEOs of companies, crucial discussions took place for the business community. This was an excellent opportunity to represent both SWISS KRONO Group and EPF, shedding light on core advocacy messages from the wood-based panel industry.

 Interview by EPF Chairman on Radio Télévision Suisse

Coalition for Circular Choices endorsed by former European Commissioner for Environment, Dr Janez Potočnik

Dr. Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for Environment (2009-2014) and currently co-chairing International Resource Panel published an op-ed in EURACTIV, endorsing the Coalition for Circular Choices.

Sustainably produced biomass is a scarce resource, thus a ‘cascading use’ approach should be the norm. Biomass sourcing should preferably focus on biomass waste. Priority should be given to long-term uses, where carbon is stored, and in applications where alternative materials with very large impacts can be substituted.

PRESS RELEASE: EcoReFibre M18 General Assembly: promising results towards industrial trials

Brussels, 16 November 2023

On 7 and 8 November, the EcoReFibre consortium met in Paris for the M18 General Assembly.

Hosted by FCBA technological institute, the meetings dealt with the project’s main achievements until now, work in progress and next steps.

Insightful presentations on the state of play of each of the work packages and demos as well as technical discussions towards joint efforts related to industrial trials contributing to the project deliverables were at the core of the discussions. Interactive workshops dedicated to demonstration and dissemination/exploitation missions were on the agenda to foster further sharing of knowledge, dialogues and collaboration between partners.

The first test results of lab trials are so positive that partners discussed ways to undertake the industrial trial to succeed in industrialisation of the technologies.

The consortium experts also agreed to expand the work to develop and share best practices and recommendations for improving and developing new collection schemes for clean wood and fibreboard waste at industrial scale for the industry to enable increasing recycling rates.

This General Assembly was also marked by the lab tour of FCBA’s Furniture Department, by the promotion of the projects’ multilingual online survey and by the release of EcoReFibre’s first newsletter. If you are interested in this project, the link to sign up is available here.

Joint Statement on High-Quality Recycling and Recyclability in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation proposal

Fibre Packaging Europe (FPE), the Federation of Wooden Pallets and Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI Bois), GROW International, the European Panel Federation (EPF), and the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) share recommendations regarding the ENVI Committee Report adopted on 24 October on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), specifically relating to the definitions of ‘high-quality recycling’ and ‘recyclability’.

Joint Statement on High-Quality Recycling and Recyclability in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation proposal

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