HIGHLIGHTS OF IPIRTI's GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "FUTURE OF PANEL INDUSTRY- CHALLENGES AND KEY ISSUES"
To commemorate the Golden Jubilee Year-2012 of IPIRTI an International Conference on "Future of Panel Industry – Challenges & Key Issues" was organized from 26th-28th September, 2012. The International Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Tishyarakshit Chatterjee, IAS, Hon'ble Secretary, MoEF, New Delhi on 26.09.2012 in the presence of the following Guests of honour
¨ Dr. Abd Latif Mohmod, D.G, FRIM, Malaysia
¨ Dr. Maharaj Muthoo, President, Roman Forum, Italy
¨ Shri. Sajjan Bhajanka, President, FIPPI, New Delhi
¨ Mr. Ladislaus Döry, President, European Panel Federation, Brussels
Exchange of knowledge and dissemination of information on the latest advances and future opportunities for the development of panel sector in India.
RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “FUTURE OF PANEL INDUSTRY- CHALLENGES AND KEY ISSUES” held at IPIRTI, Bangalore from 26th -28th September 2012
The following Recommendations were made based on the themes projected in the conference
Theme I : Status of Panel Industry-Country Scenario
The scenario of panel industries are rapidly changing around the world. Most of the panel industries are shifting towards increased production of particle board, Medium Density Fibre board and Oriented strand board while the plywood production is almost getting stabilized because of the diminishing supply of larger hardwood peeler logs. In India we are still practicing the production of traditional plywood which occupies about 80% of the total panel demand in the country. With the increasing annual demand of the panel production, our country also needs to diversify in the production of engineered panel products like LVL, particle board, Medium Density Fibre board and Oriented strand board.
Theme II: Raw Material : Demand & Supply
a. To ensure long term industry access to adequate wood supplies on sustainable basis, forest management policies and practices need to be improved, specific policy is required to be framed to promote and support plantation of trees on agriculture and other lands outside forests.
b. Suitable incentives for growth and development of farm forestry and simplification of restrictive regime of tree felling permits and timber transit rules for farm grown timbers. Only certified producers should be allowed to market seedlings. Raising high quality planting materials and the establishment of centralized hi-tech nurseries and a network of satellite nurseries throughout the country.
c. Constitution of a National Forum/Agro Forestry Board under the administrative control of MoEF, GoI. Integration of Agro forestry programme with the forestry sector and combine management and support function within Forest system.
d. Contract farming should be formed.
e. Buyback programme of timber for the plantation has to be worked out i.e., to bring in Guarantee of Buying (Planter and the buyer).
Theme III : Technological Innovation and Value Addition
a. Encourage the transfer of state of art technology and innovation for production of speciality and value added products.
b. Develop long term R&D programmes for all wood panel sectors and reinforce existing industry advisory committee to guide the implementation of the industries R & D programme.
c. Exchange of scientific knowledge among research organization in the field of panel technology, machinery, process application etc., and networking among forestry departments, Research Institutions and Industry.
d. Encourage industry-government co-operation on environmental issues such as environmental impact and occupational health hazards.
e. Value addition through technological innovation can be achieved by utilization of agro/forest residues which are available plenty in our country and can be converted into panel products. This not only adds to economy but also reduces pressure on forests thereby improving environment and ecology.
f. With the increasing globalization there is a need to standardize the product at par with the international standards. This would enhance the product life, meet the users need and benefit economically for the user.
g. Process improvement in par with ISO standards would bring environmental consciousness among the users group. h. Internationalization of R & D to the industries.
Theme IV : HRD & Marketing
a. Wood and panel products are versatile engineered and structural component. Training needs in India are not available at the graduate/post graduate level in the university on wood science & technology. There is an urgent need to develop course curriculum, induction of these courses in technical institutes/ universities besides strengthening & upgrading the existing training courses conducted in India.
b. In the absence of authentic data on the total production/consumption in India definite marketing network could not be created in India. This is mainly due to the unorganized nature of the panel industries in our country.
c. Constitution of a National Timber Trade Association in association with other trade, Commerce & Industry federations and Institutes and also establish an appropriate timber trade and market information. Promotion organization in the country also needs to be established.
d. Establishment of a forum for periodic discussions between MoEF, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Commerce & recognized associations of wood based industries to review and evolve appropriate timber trades and market information and promotion mechanism including a periodical timber bulletin.
e. Strengthening of Marketing Research is needed to provide information regarding turnover, resource usage and manpower.
Theme V: Certification, Policy & Legal Issues:
a. The increased demand for forest certification is likely to affect the economic prospects of many farm forestry/Agro forestry areas in India unless these areas are certified. The success of such a system largely depends on its credibility at both local and global contexts. So far, India has secured one FSC forest management unit certificate and a few chain of custody certification is mainly by small and medium companies to meet export demand. But the situation is likely to change due to increased demand for forest certification in the global market and the high growth of Indian economy. The impact of such demand on forest based industries and growers particularly those of small and medium scale in India will be severe unless they secure forest certification. To address this situation, there is a need to ensure adequate forest certifications in the country.
b. Need to ensure forest certification for intelligent ecological use of the wood.
c. Develop International acceptance certification scheme of sustainably managed forestry.
d. Certified processing of managed forestry to maintain the image for panel industries