PCWIE – Final Conference, Porto 24 May 2019

The Final Conference of the 2 Seminars – Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodwork Industries in Europe, took place in Portugal, Porto and Lisbon,  is a joint organization Cei-Bois European Industrial Industries Confederation / EFBWW- European Federation of Building and Woodworking Industry / and EPF – European Federation of Panels.

The “Final Conference” addresses the conclusions and directives of the Porto and Lisbon meetings.

For more information, please check our joint press release here

For a video ahead of the Final conference, click here


EPF Annual General Meeting on 26-28 June 2018 in Dunblane, Scotland

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the European Panel Federation, opened on 26 June in Dunblane (Scotland), kindly hosted by EPF, WPIF and Fedustria member company Norbord.  EPF was proud to welcome approximately 150 participants from all over Europe plus guests from North America.

During the General Assembly on 27 June, EPF presented its members with an update on its core projects: E1 Compulsory, New Standard, Image/Cascade of Wood, Construction, Africa, Communications, Certification, Biomass, and EU Federations. EPF and its members also discussed ways to further promote wood-based panels, especially in the furniture, construction and packaging industries in Europe.

During the GA, Dr Paolo Fantoni (Fantoni) was unanimously re-elected as Chairman for his third term from 2019-2021. Mr Bernard Thiers (Unilin) remains Vice-Chairman. EPF further expressed its gratitude to Mr Guillermo Hernanz (Garnica Plywood) who stepped down as Managing Board member and welcomed Mr Mārtiņš Lācis (Latvijas Finieris) as his successor and the new Plywood Product Group Chairman.


On 28 June, EPF invited its regular and associate members plus collaborating institutes and the trade press to the AGM Open Day. During this, EPF presented the consolidated 2018 production statistics for European wood-based panels.  EPF was pleased to record an overall increase in 2018 of 1.7% to a level of 59.3 million m³. Closing the AGM, EPF welcomed Mr Stephen Kerr, MP for Stirling, who gave a stimulating presentation on ‘Energy, wood availability, and the future relationship between the UK and the EU’.

The next EPF AGM will be held on 17-19 June 2020, in Berlin, kindly hosted by VHI, our German member association. For additional information, please contact EPF at info@europanels.org or on +32 2 556 2589.


2nd Seminar Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe Joint CEI-Bois / EFBWW / EPF Project

The 2nd Seminar of the Joint European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois)/ European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW)/ European Wood-based Panels Federation (EPF) European-funded project “Perspectives and challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe” took place on the 30 of November 2018 in Lisbon.

Click here for full Press Release
For more info: www.pcwie.com

EPF Press Conference Interzum – 21 May 2019

On the occasion of the Interzum Fair, EPF will give a Press conference during which EPF Chairman Dr Paolo Fantoni will present the recent statistics about the situation of Particleboard, MDF, OSB, Fibreboard and Plywood markets in Europe. After his presentation, Dr Fantoni will answer your questions.

The EPF Press Conference will take place on 21 May 2019 at 2 pm at the:

Congress-Centre North
2nd floor
Rheinsaal Section 5


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