Conference Program

Welcome Party of the 10th European Wood-based Panel Symposium 2016 | Photo: P. Lux, Hamburg


Please click here for the pdf file of the program. 

Wednesday, 10th October 2018

6 p.m. Registration for the conference

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, 11th October 2018

7.30 a.m. Registration for the conference

8.30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Presentations in the large conference room of the Grand Elysée Hotel.

 Session I 
8:30 Bo Kasal/ 
Kris Wijnendaele
WKI/EPF Welcome and opening
8:45 Jens Kerstan Senator for Environment and Energy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Greetings
9:00 Jan Bergmann Sonae Arauco Current situation of the European wood-based panels industry
9:30 Tunga Salthammer Fraunhofer WKI A critical assessment of formaldehyde sources and concentrations in ambient and indoor air
10:00 Torben Halbe Dt. Forstwirtschaftsrat How to communicate the scientific evidence that supports using forests for engineered wood
10:30 Coffee Break    
 Session II 
11:00 Silvio Mergner Pöyry Group Panel production trends: will the role of (waste) wood change?
11:30 Alfred Pfemeter and Raymond Loch Sonae Arauco 3DF by Sonae Arauco -Novel 3D wood-based composite for 3D shapes and surface structures
12:00 Jan Hassan Pollmeier BauBuche - Laminated Veneer Lumber from European Beech. From product idea to market information
12:30 Jürgen Kreiter and
Marcel Leupold
Meyer Schmiersysteme Chain Lubrication - The undervalued investment


13:00 Lunch Break

 Session III 
14:30 Fabian Fischer VW AG Wood materials - suitable for structural automotive applications
15:00 Christian Ullrich Nobilia Process capability and performance analysis in the kitchen furniture industry
15:30 Venla Hemmilä IKEA IKEA’s step-wise approach to lowering formaldehyde emissions
16:00 Coffee Break    
 Session IV  
16:30 Michael Wolff Wolff Management Solutions Strategic planning and execution in the wood working industry
17:00 Torben Marhenke Leibniz University Hanover | GreCon Nondestructive determination of mechnical parameters of wood-based materials
17:30 Stephan Weinkötz BASF SE Just the two of us - new hybrid binder for wood-based panels

6:30 p.m. Departure of the busses to the evening reception.

7 p.m. Evening reception at the invitation of Sasol Wax GmbH at a very special location.


Friday, 12th October 2018

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 Sven Englert Dieffenbacher Big Data - Boost or Bluff
9:30 Alessandro Guercio ITI Engineering The potential of biomass combined heat and power in the wood based panel production
10:00 Gregor Bernardy Siempelkamp Self-optimizing wood-based panel plants - Digitalization from the point of view of a complete plant supplier
10:30 Georges Francis Advachem S.A. A novel additive for wood panels: One product, three applications: Flame retardant, formaldehyde catcher and hardener
11:00 Stefan Langguth ACE GmbH Light Structural Panels (LSP) - Next generation building material
11:30 Coffee Break    
 Session VI  
12:00 Joris Van Acker Ghent University Moisture dynamics as complementary factorary factor to durability for service life prediction of plywood
12:30 Andreas Weber IHD Minimizing the VOC emissions of wood fibre insulation by introducing an alternative fibre source
13:00 Martin Ohlmeyer Thünen-Institut Emissions of volatile organic compounds from materials, systems and in model houses – first results from the HoInRaLu-project
13:30 Mark Meder Fraunhofer WKI Parameters influencing the cracking resistance of direct-pressed-laminates
14:00 Bo Kasal/
Kris Wijnendaele
WKI/EPF Closing words


2.15 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.