Wood-based panel industry in Europe
What is a wood-based panel?
Wood-based panels combine wood in different forms (fibres, sawdust, chips, flakes and veneers) into sheets of differing thicknesses and constructions. Formed under heat and pressure typically with the addition of a synthetic adhesive (some fibreboard products utilise the natural binders found within wood), panels are engineered to provide a wide variety of strength and other physical attributes that enable them to satisfy a wide variety of end uses particularly in the building products and furniture industries.
The broad categories of wood-based panels manufactured by European Panel Federation members include:
- Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)
- Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
Within these broad categories, there are a multitude of value added variants available with enhanced characteristics which is why today woodâ€“based panels are used extensively in the home, in modern furniture and in construction. Although often hidden beneath coatings, veneers and other coverings, or embedded in the structural fabric of a building, wood-based panels are ubiquitous in our society.
- EPF met Dominique Ristori, Director General of DG Energy, European Commission
- TackleÂ ClimateÂ Change â€“ Use Wood â€“ Plant a second forest
- EPF Annual Report
- 10 – 12 October 2018 – 11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium, Hamburg, Germany
- 17 October 2018 â€“ Club du Bois meeting with MEPS, Brussels, Belgium
- 12 – 16 November 2018 – EU Raw Materials Week 2018, Brussels, Belgium
- 14 November 2018 – 6th High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on ‘Raw materials for low carbon and circular economy’ (includes cascade woody biomass in the agenda), Brussels, Belgium