Panguaneta expands further-processing capacity
(EUWID issue 25.2014 18.06.2014 | Volume 88)
The Italian plywood manufacturer Panguaneta S.p.A., Sabbioneta, invested a total of €8.5m last year in the modernisation and expansion of further-processing and storage capacity at its plywood plant in Sabbioneta. Of that sum, roughly €5.5m were accounted for by investments in machinery and production lines; a further €3m were spent on the construction of a 3,000 m2 warehouse.
FSC joins the European Tropical Timber Coalition (EU STTC)
Joining efforts to increase the value of responsible forestry in the tropics.
Panguaneta Spa è “100% Poplar made in Italy”
Panguaneta spa è la prima azienda a ricevere l’autorizzazione all’utilizzo del marchio “100% Poplar made in Italy”.
Global Timber Trade and Legality Legislation conference
Interzum Cologne - 15th May 2013
Panguaneta will attend the forthcoming conference Global Timber Trade and Legality Legislation organized by FSC Germany, TRAFFIC e ATIBT in programm the next 15th May 2013 at 13.00, during the Interzum Trade Show in Cologne (Germany).
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Alliance Panguaneta - Bouttens BV - Belgium
Alliance means cooperation in diversity, identifying common targets, mixing “the making culture“ with the project and the practice of the constructive exchange of views. The project Panguaneta – Bouttens represents a clear example of the idea of creating a cooperation between excellences. In this specific case, that means giving body to the idea of “network”.
EU Timber Regulation has now come to effect
EUTR is causing initial unrest and shifts in the import trade.
The European Timber Regulation (EUTR), which bans placing illegally felled timber on the European market, entered into force on 3 March 2013. All wood and wood products imported into the EU after this date must undergo due diligence. Suppliers must document the types of wood imported, their geographic origin and wood and wood products suppliers and make this information available to competent authorities for possible review. Only wood and wood products for which “negligible risk” of illegal harvesting exists may be imported into the EU now that the EUTR is in effect.
EU FLEGT: TIMBER REGULATION
The European Parliament and European Council have approved legislation which prohibits the sale of timber logged illegally under the rules of the country of origin. In addition, companies must use a system of 'due diligence' to ascertain that the timber they sell in the EU was harvested legally.
The FLEGT Action Plan contained commitments to examine domestic legislation in EU member states, to analyse whether it could allow action against imports of illegal timber, and to examine options for additional legislation, should existing domestic legislation prove inadequate. There are documents below which contain studies published on this issue.
The newly agreed legislation, published in November 2010, is intended to work alongside the EU FLEGT licensing system, which identifies legal timber and timber products in producer countries and licenses them for import to the EU. This system is being developed through the negotiation of a series of voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) with cooperating producer countries, and is to be implemented in Europe through the EU FLEGT Regulation (as distinct from the EU Timber Regulation). Further information on the FLEGT Regulation and VPAs can be found here.
For a variety of reasons, some countries which export timber to the EU will not join the proposed VPAs, at least in the immediate future. The question of what measures could be taken to exclude illegal products exported from non-VPA countries to the EU therefore led to the debate on 'additional options'.
After a long period of analysis and consultation, in October 2008 the Commission announced its conclusions, with the publication of the draft 'due diligence' regulation. The draft regulation was debated by the European Parliament and Council during 2009. The Council's revised version was published in March 2010, and, following debate on potential strengthening amendments in the Parliament's Environment Committee, the final legislation was approved by Parliament in July 2010, and formally approved by the Council on 11 October 2010.
The finalised Regulation is available here; the Implementation Regulation can be found here; drafts and position papers from the Parliament and Council can be found here. Further information from the European Commission on Competent Authorities in Member States, due diligence, product coverage and application can be found here.
The new EU legislation, which will come into force in March 2013, is similar to the US Lacey Act, which makes it illegal to handle fish or wildlife produced illegally outside the US. An amendment to the Lacey Act to extend it to timber products was agreed by the US Congress in June 2008; information on this is provided on our Lacey Act page.
Plywood rises to EUTR challenge
The EU Timber Regulation may cause some disturbance for the tropical plywood trade, but long term it will benefit the sector and its image, according to three leading importers
TTJ: What has your company done to prepare for the EUTR?
Nigel Williams, director Premier Forest Products: We've supported initiatives to raise awareness of the regulation through the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and embraced its Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP), which delivers an element of what companies need to comply with EUTR due diligence [illegality] risk assessment of suppliers. The key discipline of our purchasing policy is legality and we strive to assess all key suppliers on an ongoing basis. We've also contracted an independent due diligence specialist.
Ian Attwood, managing director International Plywood: We've spent considerable funds preparing and hope to be compliant by January 2013. The TTF RPP - and our [legality assurance] track record have helped us get ready over the last two years.
Chris Sutton, director James Latham plc: We've been visiting every country that supplies us tropical hardwood and were the first signatories of the TTF RPP, which we've used to assess existing and potential new suppliers.
TTJ: Will the EUTR lead to certain tropical plywoods being substituted?
CS: Inevitably this will happen. We're working with a South American mill to develop a hardwood throughout panel - and SmartPly is aiming ToughPly [OSB] at merchants.
IA: Red hardwood-faced Chinese plywood will be affected as it's very hard to provide legality proof from the high-risk suppliers, like Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Africa. We're looking at alternative conforming species, and a hybrid engineered face material. FSC-certified material will also grow, especially using 90% plantation species in the cores.
NW: It's already happening and Premier has developed a suite of plywoods using non-tropical fully-certified species, from general panels to high-performance products.
TTJ: Are suppliers sufficiently up to speed on the legislation?
CS: We've made all our suppliers aware of their requirements - but some are struggling to provide suitable documentation. We've been encouraged by their willingness, but if they can't, they'll be removed from our approved supplier list.
NW: We've been working tirelessly with ours to ensure supply is backed by chain of custody we can audit.
IA: China in particular has been very slow on the EUTR, but is now waking up as it can see EU buyers not purchasing without proof of legality.
TTJ: Will EUTR compliance ultimately benefit the plywood and broader timber trade?
CS: Absolutely. If people don't come into line their business and reputation could suffer. It should be seen as a positive sales tool.
IA: It should also give us the opportunity to improve plywood quality and remove cheaper products which are not welcome in the UK.
NW: It should see the last of low-cost, too-good-to-be-true products that bring the market down, and also benefit alternatives, like OSB and heat-treated timber. The key issue, however, is effective policing of the regulation.
FSC FRIDAY 2012
FSC Friday is our annual celebration of responsible forestry and this year it will take place on Friday the 28th of September!