The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) represented the UK industry in discussions at the extremely well attended and organised FEFPEB congress/Interpal VIII, held in Bordeaux in October.
The focus of the event was industry collaboration across countries – within Europe and further afield – with notable developments made on international harmonisation in the area of ISPM 15 regulation. There were also updates on key global markets and sources of wood, research developments and several other issues affecting the business.
TIMCON president John Dye, who attended the congress alongside members of TIMCON’s executive committee, said: “TIMCON is extremely active here in the UK, and it’s also essential for us to work closely with Europe and the rest of the world to ensure the best possible commercial outcomes for the industry. The FEFPEB congress/Interpal VIII gave us such an opportunity, and we were able to engage with our international colleagues on issues of mutual importance; including the phytosanitary regulation of wood packaging movements and the effects of biomass subsidies.
“TIMCON is a strong supporter of FEFPEB and we are very proud of the contribution we have made to its work to date, from the Pallet Timber Price Index to sharing results of our studies on mould and stains; and protocols. Our strengthening collaboration with the UK’s other forest-based industries and ongoing lobbying of Government has also developed ahead of its time and provides a good case study for our international partners. This is evidenced in the recurring theme of the impact of increasing regulation on our industry we heard in Bordeaux. We are looking forward to developing the relationship with our associates around the world in the years ahead.”
A well deserved presentation was given to TIMCON immediate past-president Gil Covey who has been president of FEFPEB for the past eight years, to recognise all his work, effort and achievements in this period. He stepped down from the position at the congress, passing the position to Rob van Hoesel of The Netherlands. He remains on FEFPEB’s Executive Committee as treasurer.