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 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!)

 

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.

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