More than 250 participants from 22 countries met in Hamburg in October for the international FEFPEB Congress – the most important meeting of the year for the global wood packaging industry.
Experts from the entire supply chain, ranging from sourcing through manufacturing to logistics attended the congress which was hosted by the HPE (German Association for Wooden Packaging, Pallets, and Export Packaging).
“The exciting topics, the intensive exchange of ideas, the many personal encounters and, last but not least, perfectly organised excursions made the event successful,” said HPE managing director Marcus Kirschner.
Joh.Friedrich Behrens AG better known in the UK as BeA Fastening Systems Ltd was one of the major sponsors of the Hamburg conference. Over 110 conference delegates took the opportunity to visit BeA’s manufacturing plant and its European distribution hub in nearby Ahrensburg.
“Every year in Europe, 25 million cubic metres of wood are processed into pallets and packaging, much of this volume with BeA tools and fasteners. The wide product range and the consistent availability of stock are an essential success factor,” said its CEO Tobias Fischer-Zernin.
The FEFPEB members experienced the entire process of the “Made in Ahrensburg” tools, from development, design, production and sophisticated quality control right through to fully automatic high bay distribution.
“For decades now, we have been very closely connected with the industry, both within German and the international industry, so we are delighted that we can contribute to the congress with our factory tour,” said Fischer-Zernin.