Trade Issues with Stakeholders in Morocco

 

On 5 April 2019, EPF joined the EU delegation to Morocco and 4 EU Member States in a meeting with the Moroccan Industry Ministry in Rabat to defend the interests of the European coated particleboard exporters against a possible safeguard measure.

By protecting the sole domestic particleboard producer, thousands of jobs in the Moroccan furniture industry could be put at risk.

For more information: https://www.lavieeco.com/news/economie/entreprises/bois-revetu-les-dessous-du-differend-opposant-cema-bois-de-latlas-aux-importateurs.html

With 120 participants, this was unprecedented in Morocco and raised interest by major domestic press. Debates between Moroccan stakeholders were at some point very lively.

For more information: https://www.leconomiste.com/article/1041597-bois-la-surprenante-piste-europeenne-de-l-antidumping

EPF made its position clear and intervened during the public hearing on commercial defence held by the Moroccan Industry Ministry on 28 February 2019.

Morocco launched its safeguard investigation on coated particleboard imports in July 2018. Responding robustly, EPF capitalised on previous experience, such as its successful 2015 intervention in the Tunisian safeguard investigation (now shelved). EPF advocates strongly for its members’ interests anywhere in the world.

EPF member of Industry4Europe

EPF is delighted to have become a Member of the Industry4Europe coalition: 157 organisations from across the EU will campaign for an ambitious EU industrial strategy. Industry4Europe will help to set the vision for the long-term future of the EU’s industrial and manufacturing strategy.

Industry4Europe published several Joint Papers and Declarations on establishing an ambitious Industrial Strategy. The latest Industry4Europe joint call to the EU27 ahead of the European Council Summit at the end of March 2019 asked for a vision to ensure that Europe remains a hub for a leading, smart, innovative & sustainable industry, that benefits all Europeans and future generations.

On 10 April 2019, Industry4Europe & the Romanian Permanent Representation to the EU organised a joint strategy event: “Setting the scene for an industrial vision for 2030 and beyond”. The EU27 invite the European Commission to present by the end of 2019 a long-term vision for the EU’s industrial future, with concrete measures to implement it, addressing the challenges European industry faces and touching upon all relevant policy areas.

 

EPF launched its new ‘Fire & Explosion Safety Task Force’

#Safety

On 19th March, EPF proudly launched its new Fire & Explosion Safety Task Force. Its objective is to share the learnings from incidents and near-misses between participants, to provide an ever-safer workplace environment in the European #woodbasedpanels industry.

15 leading safety professionals from 8 countries met in Brussels to focus on 3 case studies from Poland, Germany and Belgium. This was followed by an educational particleboard factory visit, with special focus on safety.

 

Key topics for EPF’s new Fire &Explosion Safety Task Force are likely to include spark prevention, dust removal and incident suppression. Case study learnings will lead to proactive preventative measures. Next meeting will be 22 October in Portugal.

EPF present at the MEP Awards 2019

#MEPAwards19

2019’s ceremony of the Parliament Magazine’s MEP Awards was hosted on 20 March by Seb Dance, Member of the European Parliament. EPF presented the Energy Award to MEP Vladimir Urutchev. EPF thanked MEPs for the support given last year on #REDII to a level playing field for wood, a truly #sustainable and #renewable (but not unlimited) resource.

The European Panel Federation (Clive Pinnington, Managing Director & Kris Wijnendaele, Technical Director) enjoyed talking with the nominees of the Environment Award, MEP Catherine Bearder, MEP Mark Demesmaeker, and eventual winner, MEP Benedek Jávor, on dinner tables made of #woodbasedpanels, showcasing natural products favourable to the environment.

EPF thanks Dods for organising last night’s excellent event. EPF thanks all MEPs for their hard work in the current term and wishes everyone well in the upcoming elections. EPF looks forward to working with the new Parliament towards a #climateneutral Europe.

Congratulations to all MEPs for your dedication this term, good luck in your re-election campaigns (and don’t forget to fill your homes and offices with wood-based panels as a direct contribution to a climate neutral Europe!)

 

European wood-based panels industry signs landmark voluntary agreement with trade unions to enhance worker protection

Mr Justin Daerden, Director ACV, and Mr Kris Wijnendaele, Technical Director EPF, sign the Action Guide on behalf of EFBWW and EPF respectively.

Voluntary Agreement with Trade Unions_Joint

Action Guide on Formaldehyde signed on 28 Nov 2018 in Lisbon

EPF, the European Wood-based Panels Federation and EFBWW, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers, have signed a landmark agreement on enhanced worker protection known as the European Action Guide.  The two partners signed the accord within the context of the European Commission’s “Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe” social dialogue project, on 29 November 2018.  The industry trade association and the industry trade union both welcomed this voluntary commitment that ushers in a new level of safety in the workplace, estimated to be introduced up to five years ahead of any possible legislative requirement.

 

The Action Guide commits the European panel manufacturers to a measurement, control and continuous improvement process that is designed to ensure that worker exposure to formaldehyde is never threatening.  Based on the Operation Exposure Limit value that the EU Scientific Committee has recommended (0.3ppm TWA, 0.6ppm STEL) the initiative improves protection via a colour coded zoning system.  It was approved by EFBWW in mid-November and by EPF members last week ahead of the joint signing in Lisbon.

EPF seeks MEP support for European harmonisation and celebrates the recognition of wood and wood-based products in the new EU Bioeconomy Strategy

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.

This edition focussed on the European woodworking industry and its threats & opportunities.

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.

EPF announces 3% production growth in the European wood-based panels industry during 2017 at its Annual General Meeting

EPF celebrated its 2018 Annual General Meeting in Lucerne Switzerland, kindly hosted by the Swiss Krono Group.  Over two days EPF held its General Assembly, Economic Working Group meeting and dedicated Product Group meetings.  These sessions were open only to Regular members, whereas the final event was opened also to Associate members and Press contacts.  It was in this final meeting that EPF publicly announced the key figure from its Annual Report 2017/2018, being a growth in volume of 3% during 2017 across all panel types.

 

EPF members will meet again for their next General Assembly in November 2018, and the 2019 AGM is provisionally scheduled for 26-28 June 2019, with the location still to be announced.

For further information, please go to the Members’ Section, or contact the EPF Secretariat.

EPF takes its RED II message to the top in a meeting with DG Energy’s Director General Mr Dominique Ristori

As part of our regular engagement with policymakers, EPF met Dominique Ristori, Director General of DG Energy in the European Commission. The focus of the meeting was to present the industry position on RED II, Cascade, Waste Wood, Recycling and Regional Wood Diversity. Following the meeting, we have agreed an ongoing dialogue with Mr Ristori and his team in DG Energy, and will continue to contribute to the policymaking process where appropriate.