66th FEFPEB Congress

28th - 30th October 2015

Location: Cork, Ireland 

  Entitled: "Wooden pallets and packaging in a sustainable business in a fast-changing world"


The congress will highlight the foremost issues affecting the timber pallet and packaging sector and offer the change to discuss and network with collegues from around the world.



08.00 – 09.00 hours
Registration delegates / Industry Forum

09.00 – 09.15 hours
Official opening business session

Welcome by Rob van Hoesel (NL), President FEFPEB

Theme: Overview Irish wood sector

09.15 – 09.45 hours
Developments wood sector in Ireland
Key note speaker Simon Coveney (Ireland), Minister for Agriculture and local member of the Dail

09.45 – 10.00 hours
The Irish Forest and the Irish Pallet and Packaging Industry
Presentation Fergal Leamey, Coillte, the Irish Forestry Commission.

10.00 - 10.20 hours
The Irish Sawmilling Industry
Presentation Mike Glennon, Glennon Brothers, one of hte leading sawmilling companies in Ireland.

Theme: Pallets and Packaging Industry in the European Union

10.20 – 10.40 hours
Overview of the UK forestry and reports on his experience as Food & Veterinary Office Inspector in China
Presentation Ian Brownlee part 1, Presentation Ian Brownlee part 2 (UK),Plant Health Service UK Forestry Commission

10.40 – 11.15 hours
Coffee break / Industry Forum

Theme : Pallets and Packaging Industry in the European Union

11.15 - 11.45 hours Re-industrialisation of the European Union and the need for a sustainale future of Europe, with subjects such as the circular economy and the renewable energy package.
By Marc Michielsen (Belgium), Chairman CEI-Bois

Theme : ISPM 15

11.45 – 12.00 hours
Presentation Fons Ceelaert, secretary general FEFPEB on current developments

Theme: Light weight packaging

12.00 – 12.30 hours
Wood in contact with food, a scientific approach
Presentation Olivier de Lagausie (FR), general manager SEIL / GROW on research results in the field of lightweight packaging, relevant for the pallet and packaging industry as a whole.

12.30 -13.45 hours
Lunch / Industry Forum


Theme: The global pallet and packaging industry

13.45 – 14.10 hours
Global Forum Wooden Pallet and Packaging Industry
Short report by Fons Ceelaert, secretary general FEFPEB, on the outcome of the 2nd meeting of industry leaders from all parts of the world, held on 28 October 2015.
Including a short look at the European pallet and packaging industry.

14.10 – 15.10 hours
The Asian Pallet System Federation: China, Japan and Korea
China: a market of growing importance
Presentation Qingyi Wu (CH), chairman of the Asia Pallet System Federation on current developments in the pallet and packaging industry in China.

Aims & Objectives APSF
Presentation Jae Kuyn Eom, (South Korea) secretary general of the Asia Pallet System Federation on revisiting middion statements for APSF.

The Japanese angle
Presentation Toshifumi Okabe, Executive Director of the Japan Pallet Association.

15.10 – 15.30 hours
North America: The current status and challenges of the USA & Canadian pallet and packaging industry
Presentation Brent McLendon (USA) / CEO of NWPCA and Brian Isard (Canada) / general manager CWPCA, shine their lights on the situation in North America.

15.30 – 16.00 hours
Coffee break / Industry Forum

Theme: Technical developments

16.00 – 16.35 hours
Quality scanning technology
Presentation Marc Pérez (SP), Mecanica CAPE, on the state of affairs regarding the production line quality scanning technology.

16.35 – 16.50 hours
FEFPEB activities and formal matters by Fons Ceelaert, secretary general FEFPEB

16.50 – 17.00 hours
Closing remarks
Round-up by Rob van Hoesel, President FEFPEB


Click here for the press release of this congress


More information about the congress can be found on www.fefpebcongress.com

To read the congress coverage in the Timber Trade Journal click here.