Club du Bois Event for MEPs on 27 May 2021

Dear MEP,

You are kindly invited to the next Club du Bois event which will take place online on 27 May 2021 starting at 12:00 CET.

Please find HERE the invitation that was sent by our Chair MEP Mrs Simona Bonafè to all Members of the European Parliament.

The event will focus on: “What is the potential of the Renovation Wave Strategy to store carbon via the use of sustainable wood products?” This session of the Club du Bois will present some initial research findings conducted by the organisers who seek to quantify the amount of carbon that 35 million renovated units (as called for in the Renovation Wave) have the potential to store.

We would like to remind you that the Club du Bois is a joint EPF/EOS/CEI-Bois initiative in the form of an informal gathering of MEPs and industry representatives to discuss issues of particular interest to our woodworking industries.

EPF Annual General Meeting 9-11 June 2021 goes digital

After intensive discussions with our prospective host VHI, as well as with the EPF Chairman, we deeply regret to announce that the physical meetings planned for the EPF Annual General Meeting in Berlin on 9-11 June this year have been cancelled.  The unfortunate evolution of the pandemic makes it unrealistic to organise a gathering in Berlin in June, and hence this decision has been taken.

We do confirm that the meetings of the Managing Board (9 June 2021) and the General Assembly (10 June 2021) will go ahead online on the dates that were already fixed.  In addition, we also envisage a Press Conference on 15 June 2021.

We are truly sorry for this disappointing news.  We would like to thank VHI for all the efforts made to host this AGM, first in 2020, and then again in 2021.  It promised to be a wonderful gathering of the wood-based panels sector with multiple influential politicians for a deep industry discussion.  Sadly, this was ultimately not possible.

“Train the Trainer Seminar” on the Action Guide on Formaldehyde on Thursday 19 November 2020

Press release on the seminar.

Press release in the Holz-Zentralblatt on the Train the Trainer seminar (in German)

The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and the European Wood-Based Panels Federation (EPF) jointly organised an online “Train-the-Trainer Seminar” on enhancing worker protection, attracting more than 200 registered participants from more than 25 countries.

The provisional programme was as follows:

  • Welcome by the project partners EFBWW and EPF as well as by the EC representative
  • Relevant health aspects linked to occupational exposure to formaldehyde by an invited expert
  • Objectives of the action guide with focus on the importance of prevention
  • Detailed explanation and training on the Action Guide on Formaldehyde in 3 specific sessions given by Mrs Gundula Wagner, Head of Central Analytic Department at PFLEIDERER
  • Open discussion and exchange of views and experiences by the participants
  • Participation and next steps by the project partners EFBWW and EPF

The target group of this seminar consisted of health and safety experts of the companies, social partners from sectorial organisations and company level, and institutes for OEL measurements and  will be involved in related activities at national and company level in a later phase.

Attendance was free of charge and there were no restrictions on the number of participants from affiliated members of EFBWW and EPF. Whilst the seminar was conducted in English, simultaneous translation was offered in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish upon registration.

For full programme, please click Here 

Please contact for further information.

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

Programme of the 12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium, 30 September – 2 October 2020 in Hamburg, Germany

European Wood-base Panels Symposium 2020 Programme

The bi-annual Symposium will take place from 30 September to 2 October 2020 in Hamburg. Registration for the conference can already be carried out with immediate effect via the dedicated Symposium website

The Symposium is again 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.

For over 2 decades, this Symposium is the meeting point for the 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. During the next edition, the presentations will be focused on the categories Raw Materials, Process technology, Furniture application, Insulation application and User requirements.

A special programme committee comprised of academic and industry experts will examine the proposals and select the best presentations for the conference. All the necessary information concerning the submission of an abstract can be found on the Symposium website.

Should you be interested in the sponsoring opportunities related to this symposium, please kindly contact the symposium secretariat at WKI.

Club du Bois, European Parliament, 8 January 2020




The Club du Bois event that was held on 8 January 2020 at the European Parliament was a huge success!

For more info, check out our Press release.

Please find the full Report of Club du Bois event here.


Club du Bois
Brussels, 8 January 2020

  1. Opening (6.30 pm) and welcome by MEP Mrs Maria Noichl, Chairwoman of Club du Bois.
  2. Presentation by EPF Chairman, Dr Paolo Fantoni on “Wood-based Panels: A innovative industry turns a traditional material into a model of the circular economy, and a climate champion”, with special focus on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and developing work with wood education with universities.
  3. Presentation by EOS Chairman, Mr Sampsa Auvinen on “Overview of the economic and politic dynamics that characterise the European sawmill industries including considerations on raw material supply and forest diseases”.
  4. Presentation by a CEI-Bois senior member of the European Woodworking Industry on the priorities for the new EU term 2019-2024.
  5. Audience discussion and handover of the Chair to MEP Mrs Simona Bonafè, by Mrs Maria Noichl.
  6. Networking cocktail and close (8pm)