General meeting of the IFN Board election 2022:
Bonn/Rietberg. At the general meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Rietberg, the members of the Initiative Furnier + Natur e.V. (IFN) elected a new board of directors. In the rooms of the host, IFN supporting member Heinrich Kuper GmbH, Axel Groh, owner of the veneer company of the same name Schorn & Groh, was unanimously re-elected for the fourth time as chairman for three years.
Axel Groh is old and new chairman
Florian Koch (Wilfried Koch KG), Edmund Smolarek (BaltiSpoon/Möhring Group), Heinrich Wehmeyer (Furnierwerk Wehmeyer), Tobias Scherg (Roser AG), Marina Röhr (europlac/Röhr GmbH) and Klaus Mittmasser (frischeis) were also unanimously re-elected as further members of the board. Roland Reigbert (furwa Furnierkanten GmbH) is taking his well-deserved retirement after many years of active and successful board work. Newly elected to the IFN board was Frank D. Loebel, owner of HWB-Furiere & Holzwerkstoffe GmbH from Bad Salzuflen. The chairman Axel Groh thanked Reigbert for his excellent work as well as those present for the confidence once again placed in him and warmly welcomed Frank D. Loebel to the IFN board.
Groh had serious words to say about the current situation: "Massive forest damage caused by the drought, extreme storm conditions and bark beetle infestation, as well as Russia's war against Ukraine, have significantly disrupted and partially interrupted the supply chains of wood. In our view, there are therefore two measures to be taken to restructure the forest in the medium term: First, climate- and site-appropriate tree species must be planted. These are trees that can withstand global warming, drought, extreme weather conditions and harmful insects. On the other hand, the forest must be fundamentally reforested worldwide and thus also in Germany," said the old and new IFN chairman. Regional forest cultivation would then become more worthwhile again for forest owners and security of supply could be better guaranteed.
Increased wood utilization is part of implementing the climate strategy
Der Vorsitzende des Vorstands machte deshalb die Bedeutung der Holznutzung noch einmal deutlich: „Alle Studien sind sich einig, dass die Nutzung des Waldes einer Nichtnutzung jederzeit vorzuziehen ist. Die Substitutionseffekte, die wir erreichen, wenn wir Holz nutzen, sind in der Summe viel höher, als wenn wir es nicht nutzen“, so Axel Groh und bekräftigte abschließend: „Die sparsamste Oberfläche, die man aus Holz herstellen kann, ist Furnier. Von einem Baumstamm bleibt nichts übrig. Noch nicht einmal Späne, denn Furnier wird geschnitten und nicht gesägt. Das macht unser Produkt so einzigartig und wertvoll in Zeiten von massiven Preissteigerungen und einer fortschreitenden Materialverknappung.“ (DS)
Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN)
The Initiative Veneer + Nature (IFN) e.V. was founded in 1996 by the German veneer industry and its partners. Today it is supported by European companies from the veneer industry, the trade and the veneer processing industry as well as trade associations of the wood industry. The aim of the association is to promote veneer as a natural all-round material.
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Photo 1: The current board of IFN. Photo: IFN
Photo 2: Axel Groh in action. Photo: IFN
Photo 3: Sightseeing tour at the Kuper company. Photo: IFN
Photo 4: The auditorium of this year's IFN general meeting. Photo: IFN
Photo 5: The participants of the IFN general meeting. Photo: IFN
June 3, 2022