TIMCON Readies for Upoming FEFPEB Congress in Cork

The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON)’s President John Dye is calling for members of the wooden pallet and packaging industry in the UK and Ireland to seize the chance to engage with colleagues from around the world when it hosts the 66th FEFPEB congress in Cork, Ireland, later this year. A full FEFPEB congress is held once every two years, hosted by rotation to one of the organisation’s 14 national European association members.

Dye said: “We are very proud to be organising this year’s FEFPEB congress. This is a one off opportunity for members of the wooden pallet and packaging industry in the UK and Ireland to benefit from the global industry coming to their doorstep. A full, information-packed and essential business session and an informative program of visits, coupled with TIMCON and Irish hospitality, promise to make this an excellent event.

“We are very much looking forward to October and welcoming to Ireland the key players in our sector from around the world. We urge every one of our members to support TIMCON, and benefit by attending this essential event.”

The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) is hosting the event with the support of its membership in Ireland. Dye added: “The timber sector in the UK and Ireland has, in recent years, benefited from multi-million pound investment, which has given it state-of-the art sawmills and world class standards. It is one of the global industry’s real success stories, and wooden pallet and packaging industry demonstrating why wood remains the material of choice for pallets and packaging, not to mention for other essential goods.”

Growth of the pallet industry in China, Japan and Korea; the results of latest research into the use of wood for the transport of food; and the impact on the sector of ‘reindustrialisation in the European Union’, will take centre stage at the business session of FEFPEB’s (European Federation of Wooden Pallet & Packaging Manufacturers) annual congress, which is being held on October 28th to 30th in Cork, Ireland.

FEFPEB’s provisional programme also features an overview of the local Irish wood sector and the North American pallet and packaging industry, latest developments on phytosanitary measures, as well as outcomes of the second meeting of the Global Forum for the Wooden Pallet and Packaging Industry, which takes place on the first day of the congress.

The business session will be preceded by a day of visits to industry highlights based in the region, featuring Glennon Bros’ state-of-the-art sawmilling facility, which includes latest stress grading technology from Canada; composite block factory Eirebloc, which has found innovative methods for adding value to recycled wood; and Mid-Cork Pallets, one of Ireland’s leading pallet manufacturers.

Taking “Wooden pallets and packaging: A sustainable business in a fast-changing world” as its theme, the congress will focus on the industry’s environmental credentials, its role in sustainable forestry and as an outlet for 25 per cent of sawn timber.

FEFPEB President Rob van Hoesel said: “The FEFPEB congress is the one occasion in the year when colleagues from around Europe and further afield come together to network, socialise and share and discuss for mutual benefit the very latest developments in our sector.

“This year’s programme sets out to deliver updates on the key issues affecting the wooden pallet and packaging sector and an overview of the state of the industry in key markets around the world. We are expecting around 200 delegates and partners to attend this vital event.”

Based at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, the congress is sponsored by leading names from the sector. Sponsors confirmed to date include: BASF Wolman GMBH; Bes Bollmann; Cape; Coillte; Corali Spa; Eirebloc; ECC Timber Products; Euroblock; Glennon Brothers; GP Wood; ITI Engineering; Viking Engineering; IMAL; IMITEK; Kiln Services Ltd; Murray Timber Group; Pooling Partners; CHEP; LPR; BREPAL; EPAL and EPAL Academy; Scott Direct.

As always, the congress will be accompanied by full social program. This includes a welcome and networking reception focusing on the food, drink and other aspects that make Cork the cultural capital of Ireland; a cultural dinner featuring dog racing at the Curraheen Park track; and formal dinner and entertainment on the final night of the 30th. There is also a program of local visits and hospitality for partners.