12 February 2019 / News

Poplar cultivation: the value of a sustainable supply chain

Panguaneta has always taken on commitments both at Italian and international level in trade associations to promote the interests of the industry and to strengthen its leading role on the Italian poplar markets.

Nicoletta Azzi discussed this issue as the chairman of Assopannelli, the National Association which gathers the manufacturers of wood panels and semi-finished products:
"Our industry is thriving and needs the support of the institutions to have its unique heritage protected. To this end, we ask for the creation of consortia able to involve public and private actors in the cultivation of the flood plains in the Po areas which are currently unused. It would be the first important measure intended to increase the production of Italian poplar and, at the same time, to protect these areas from floods".

This is actually one of the most important aspects highlighted by the Inventory of poplar cultivation in Italy presented by Assopanelli. Today 46.00 hectares of cultivated land guarantee a raw material production equal to 1 million cubic meters over an annual demand of over 2 million. To reach the minimum level of industrial self-sufficiency, the cultivated land should be increased to 115,000 hectares, which is more than twice the current area.
The poplar panel supply chain crucially contributes to the growth of the Made-in-Italy industry, with an industrial production exceeding€ 2 billion (6.5 considering the total sector of panels and semi-finished products) and 41,000 employees.
The final 2016 data relating to the panel sector recorded a 3% growth which corresponds to€ 2 billion. This growth results from both the exports and the increase in the domestic demand in the furniture industry, where this trend is confirmed also by the 2017 preliminary data, which show a further growth of 4%.

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