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 and Croatia. Furthermore, the IFN is energetically supported by sponsoring members.
In 2011, the IFN office moved into the premises of the main association of the German timber industry ("Hauptverband der deutschen Holzindustrie e.V." - HDH) and the association of the German furniture industry ("Verband der deutschen Möbelindustrie e.V." - VDM) in Bad Honnef.
Since 1 July 2016, IFN is represented by an office in the capital Berlin. This intensifies policy work and advocacy for our branch (significantly).
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: