Wood-Based Panel Symposium 2022: Trends and Challenges in the Wood-Based Panel Industry

Press release /

On the 12th of October 2022, the Wood-based Panel Symposium in Hamburg kicked off with an evening event. The Fraunhofer WKI and the European Panel Federation (EPF) are organising the networking event for the 12th time in cooperation with the International Association for Technical Wood Issues (iVTH). From the 12th to 14th of October 2022, the Wood-Based Panel Symposium offers the approximately 320 participants the opportunity for an exchange on the most important trends and challenges in the wood-based panel industry.

The photo shows a group of three people, with a crowd in the background.
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From left to right: Harald Schwab (Fraunhofer WKI), Professor Bohumil Kasal (Fraunhofer WKI), Kris Wijnendaele (EPF)

The event started on the 12th of October 2022 with a welcome evening. Professor Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal, Director of the Fraunhofer WKI, together with Kris Wijnendaele, Member of the Board and Technical Director of the EPF, welcomed the approximately 320 participants from the application, manufacturing, and supply industries to the international symposium. 

The first part of the conference on the 13th of October 2022 will focus on current developments. In his presentation, Martin Brettenthaler, EPF Chairman and CEO of the Swiss Krono Group, will look at the global development of the wood-based materials industry with special reference to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Edi Snaidero, President of the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) focuses on current and future developments in the furniture industry and cooperation with wood-based panel suppliers in his presentation.

In the further course of the event, the focus is on individual market segments as well as sustainability and detailed issues - for example, around adhesives, wax dispersions, and heat pumps. Fabian Meinker from Hywax GmbH, for example, will provide insights into wax dispersions as waterproofing agents in the wood-based materials industry and Professor Dr. Matthias Dieter, head of the Thünen Institute of Forestry in Hamburg, will explain current wood market analyses. 

The second day is dedicated to the topic of VOCs and formaldehyde. Professor Dr. Tunga Salthammer from the Fraunhofer WKI will give a presentation with the topic: »A critical review of the TVOC value«. In the afternoon, topics such as computer simulations as well as optimised data use in the wood-based materials industry are then on the agenda.

»The high-calibre speakers provide new insights and perspectives and thus offer the participants a high added value. The guests also particularly appreciate the character of the networking event. The space for exchange and discussions during the breaks provides important impulses beyond the scope of the event,« says Harald Schwab, organiser of the symposium at the Fraunhofer WKI.  

Further information can be found on the event website:

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