Europe’s leaders in the wood pallet and packaging sector will gather in Cork, Ireland.
This October 28 will mark the 66th Congress of the European Federation of Wooden Pallet & Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB). The group, first formed in 1946, represents the related industries of 14 European countries: Austria; Belgium; Denmark; France; Germany; Italy; Lithuania; the Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; and the UK.
Top of mind issues impacting the timber pallet and packaging sector will be offered at the event, entitled “Wooden pallets and packaging: A sustainable business in a fast-changing world.” Attendees will additionally be afforded the oportunity to dialogue and network with colleagues from around the globe during the course of the three-day event.
Major emphasis will be placed on the environmental benefits of the wooden pallet and packaging industry, illuminating its role as an outlet for approximately 25 per cent of the output of home grown sawn timber; as a material that absorbs carbon from the atmosphere as it grows and stores it at the end of its useful life; and that plays a central part in sustainable forestry. Visits to local companies will include a pallet manufacturer which has developed its business recovering, repairing and recycling used pallets.
Additional highlights include visits to leading Irish companies in the sector, including a composite bloack manufacturer, state-of-the-art sawmill, and a pallet manufacturer. Additional topics include: updates on topics including the European, American, Canadian and Chinese pallet and other packaging industries worldwide will be heard; ISPM 15 regulations; the lightweight packaging sector; and the Packaging from Nature campaign; social events, which include a cultural dinner and evening of dog racing at Cork’s Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium; and networking opportunities throughout. There is also a full partners’ programme that takes in highlights of the region. The Congress is based at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.
The event will be held alongside the second meeting of the international pallet and packaging industry’s World Forum. Delegates are expected to visit from the UK and Ireland, the USA and Canada, South Africa, South America, Australasia and China.
“FEFPEB works on behalf of its members throughout the year, and our congress provides the vital opportunity to inform them about the latest developments and changes affecting their businesses,” stated Rob van Hoesel, FEFPEB president. “This event gives us them the opportunity to learn about and discuss these issues, network and socialise; with the objective of furthering the wooden pallet and packaging business for the benefit of all. We are expecting approximately 200 delegates and partners to attend this essential event.
“We have already signed up a significant number of sponsors. Following feedback from previous FEFPEB congresses, there will be a great emphasis on giving maximum exposure to sponsors at this event.”
The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) is hosting the event with the assistance of its membership in Ireland. TIMCON “It is a great honour to host the FEFPEB congress and we are planning a first class and exciting itinerary,” stated John Dye, TIMCON president. “It’s been 12 years since TIMCON last hosted the congress, and as well as providing a full and useful programme of events, we will be taking the opportunity to highlight to our international packaging and pallet colleagues how our industry has innovated, modernised and developed in line with our customers’ expectations.”
For more information about the congress, to sign up, and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.fefpebcongress.com.