08 July 2022
EPF (EUROPEAN WOOD-BASED PANELS FEDERATION) ANNOUNCE STRONG RESULT 2021/2020: +9.8%
EPF, the European Wood-based Panels Federation, proudly welcomed more than 150 participants to its AGM 2022 on 29 June -1 July in Ghent Belgium.
The gathering was wonderfully hosted by EPF National Association member Fedustria, the Belgian Federation of the textile, wood and furniture industries and its member companies UNILIN and Norbord West Fraser Belgium.
Results 2021 Wood-Based Panels
Production years 2021 2020 21/20 21/19
Total million m3 63.7 58.1 9.8% 7.6%
EPF was delighted to announce strong results from 2021, with an overall production increase of 9.8%.
All product types recorded increases from the previous year, and each exceeded pre-pandemic levels, showing the resilience of the sector and the growing interest of the public in nature-based materials such as panels.
However, it was noted that these results should be treated with caution in terms of how 2022 might develop. Mr Martin Brettenthaler, EPF President, commented: “Like the city of Ghent, our sector has always been innovative, dynamic and sustainable.
I am confident that this will help us to find opportunity in today’s turmoil, but this is no longer business as usual. That is why we need our politicians to help secure the energy we need, and the wood we require, but not by burning the latter to supply the former. That is not the solution either in the long, medium or short-term”.
Mr Martin Brettenthaler, President, launched EPF’s 5 new Strategic Directions: Role Model Industry, Climate, Wood Availability, Harmonization and Regulation. These were accompanied by a short video and a fact sheet and may now be found on EPF’s website: www.europanels.org. The 5 Strategic Directions are the focus areas of EPF’s work in the coming years.
For more information contact Mr Clive Pinnington, General Manager:
EPF (European Panel Federation)
24 Rue Montoyer
B-1000 Brussels / Belgium
Tel. +32 2 5562589