Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN) was established in 1996 as a registered association by the German veneer industry. Thus IFN is the central platform for the industry.
The organisation is funded by international companies in the veneer industry and the veneer trade. Its sponsor members include companies in the veneering industry, various industry-related service providers, as well as professional and trade associations of the timber industry. IFN’s partner koelnmesse, is the trade fair and event organising company of Cologne.
The IFN is an international association, with full members spreading across our borders and beyond. Countries include Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden and Poland. Furthermore, the IFN is energetically supported by sponsoring members.
With the establishment of the IFN at the HDH, a comprehensive communication strategy was started to improve the public perception of veneer and ultimately to increase the volume of veneer. The strategy has two main focuses: