Conference Program

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Welcome Party of the 11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium 2018 | Photo: P. Lux, Hamburg


Wednesday, 30 September 2020

5 p.m. Registration

7.30 p.m. Welcome Party in the Grand Foyer of the Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg at the invitation of EPF, iVTH and companies from the industry


Thursday, 1 October 2020

7.30 a.m. Registration 

8.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. Presentations in the large conference room of the Grand Elysée Hotel

  Session I  
8:30 Bo Kasal and
Kris Wijnendaele
Fraunhofer WKI / EPF Welcome and Opening
8:45 N.N. Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Greetings
9:00 Paolo Fantoni Chairman of EPF Development of the wood-based panel industry in Europe
9:30 Marthe-Louise
Kopp-Assenmacher & Nusser Lawyers VOC emissions from wood-based panels – Barrier to trade due to national regulations
10:00 Philipp Sauter AFRY Management Consulting Margin volatility in wood-based panel production – how resilient is this industry towards an economic downturn?
10:30 Coffee Break    
  Session II  
11:15 Christoph
van Thriel
Leibniz Research Centre, TU Dortmund Additivity or Synergism: Are the chemosensory effects of VOC mixtures emitted from oriented strand board (OSB) more potent than those emitted from pine wood?
11:45 Thomas Walther and Jean-Pierre Mouton IKEA Industry / Light Approach Engineering Beyond the "Norm" – Finding the Relevant Parameters for Board and Furniture Optimization
12:15 Peter Nilges and Reinhard Schlager APOS GmbH / Andritz AG Stabilize, optimize and speed up the MDF production with online spectroscopy measurement prior to refining process
12:45 Simone Passera Turboden SpA  Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology for WBP industry: reference cases and developments of new high-temperature ORC


13:15 Lunch Break

  Session III  
14:45 Norbert Rüther Fraunhofer WKI Insulation materials from renewable raw resources – additional benefits of ecological insulation
15:15 Carola Tretner and Matthias Schwirten ROMONTA Bergwerks Holding AG Highly efficient water-repellent agents based on montan wax – some case studies for lab development & upscale
15:45 Rainer Kampwerth Klebchemie
M. G. Becker
PUR HotCoating – Creating high valueable surfaces in the wood-based panel industry
16:15 Coffee Break    
  Session IV   
17:00 Torsten Kolb Fraunhofer WKI Non-combustible wood – Is this possible?
17:30 Jan Van Mierloo SUEZ Trading Europe Beetlemania, regulations and Eastern Europe – what’s next for the wood waste market?
18:00 Milomir Mihailovic Pallmann Maschinenfabrik EcoPulser – Revolution in size reduction


7:30 p.m. Evening reception at the invitation of Sasol Wax GmbH


Friday, 2 October 2020

8.30 a.m. Registration 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Presentations in the large conference room of the Grand Elysée Hotel including Poster Session.

  Session V  
9:00 Mathias Fischer and Johannes Lottermann Fagus-GreCon / Rembe GmbH Is the fire and explosion protection in your factory still up to date?
9:30 Michael Schöler Siempelkamp Environmental protection and resource efficiency by utilization of rice straw for the MDF production
10:00 Yves-Marc Schade Stela Laxhuber New technology in panel board production: Low-temperature belt dryer for PB or OSB drying
10:30 Jochen Kamm and Daniel Schwartze Dieffenbacher Mastering waste wood use in the wood-based panel industry requires individual solutions
11:00 Coffee Break and Poster Session    
  Session VI   
12:00 Tino Schulz IHD Dresden Dry defibration of previously unused waste paper types and use of these for the production of white low-formaldehyde MDF
12:30 Frauke Bunzel Fraunhofer WKI Formaldehyde-free and bio-based adhesives for the production of wood-based materials
13:00 Ali Shalbafan Tarbiat Modares University Chitosan: a Novel Bio-based and Bio-degradable Formaldehyde Scavenger
13:30 Konrad Solbrig Elctronic Wood Systems Capability analysis of measuring systems for acceptance tests and reliable process qualification
14:00 Bo Kasal and Kris Wijnendaele Fraunhofer WKI / EPF Closing words


2.30 p.m. End of the symposium and lunch at the hotel or packed lunch according to choice.

(Subject to change without prior notice.)


The presentations will be simultaneously translated into ​​German and English.

The conference participants will be provided with the presentation transparencies as well as the abstracts in English together with the conference documentation.