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12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium postponed until 12-14 October 2022

With great regret, please find attached a Press Release issued today by the Fraunhofer WKI.  It announces the postponement of the 12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium which had been due to open on 30 September 2020.  This decision was made in consultation with EPF, with COVID-19 related restrictions being the obvious reason why.

Despite this disappointment, we are delighted to already confirm 12-14 October 2022 as the revised dates for this bi-annual gathering of the wood-based panels industry and its suppliers.  We ask you to kindly already mark these new dates in your calendars.  A suitable programme will be developed and we hope to see you all in Hamburg for this important event in 2022.

WKI Press Announcement

Club du Bois MEP Networking event focused on “the European Woodworking Industry – Sector Outlook: Threats & Opportunities

The European Panel Federation (EPF), the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) and the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), organised the 7th Club du Bois meeting under the chairwomanship of Mrs Maria Noichl, MEP, on 17th October at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Read the full report here

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

During the high-level stakeholder conference ‘EU Vision for a Modern, Clean & Competitive Economy’ to help prepare the EU Strategy for long-term emissions reductions, EPF Chairman Dott. Paolo Fantoni urged Europe to embrace three concepts that could contribute greatly to the prevention of climate change: broadening the cascade use of wood, implementing the waste hierarchy and developing extended producer responsibility. These practices are increasingly at the core of the wood-based panels industry, which is recognised as a leading example of the Circular Economy and a key driver towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Dott. Fantoni shared the podium with former French Prime Minister Fabius, President of COP21 and architect of the Paris Agreement, EU Commissioners Cañete, Bieńkowska, Katainen and Šefčovič, as well as European Commission Director-Generals Ristori and Petriccione and other stakeholders.