European Laminates Conference and Workshop

Prague, Czech Republic

4 - 6 April 2006

Conference Program

Tuesday, 4 April 2006

19:00 - 21:00

A reception will be held on behalf of the conference sponsors at the foyer at the conference center of the Praha Intercontinental.


Wednesday, 5 April 2006

09:00 Welcoming remarks
Kurt Fischer, TCM
09:05 Keynote lecture
Harald Steindl, Dynea
09:30 Material trends and design
Michael Schmidt, Code 2 Design
10.00 Tracing today the trends of tomorrow – Current design trends in the European furniture industry
Josefine Malle, Fundermax

Engeneering the consumers choice - Opportunities of upstream and downstream value adding
Thomas Rump, Tru-Concept

11:00 Coffee break
11:30 REACH – What to expect
Christian Gründling, FCIO-Austria
12:00 FormaCare activities, status of the classification process and consequences
Detlev Clajus, FormaCare
12:30 Lunch break
14:00 Workshop
  Eastern European markets
Moderator: Olli Oksanen, Jaakko Pöyry

Industry consolidation
Moderator: Cormac O’Carroll, Jaakko Pöyry

Design and endproducts
Moderator: Kenn Busch

Moderator: Detlev Clajus, Formacare

Internal bonds of pre-impregnated papers
Moderator: Christa Schnieder, Technocell Dekor

Alternative Raw materials
Moderator: Rob Haupt, Dynea

Haptic properties of flooring materials
Moderator: Günter Berger, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences
18:30 Buses leave from the conference hotel to the conference dinner
19:00 Conference Dinner at Pivovar u Fleku
Dress code: informal


Thursday, 6 April 2006


Feeling wood. The haptic perception of different wood and laminate floorings
Günter Berger, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences


Registered embossed products for laminate flooring industry
Ralf Küsters, Hueck Engraving


Experimental design methods for the optimization of impregnation resins
Primoz Petek 1,2 , Axel Böttcher 3 and Andreas Kandlbauer 2,3

1 University of Ljubljana
2 Competence Center Wood Components and Wood Chemistry (Wood K Plus)
3 FunderMax

10:30 Coffee break

Nonwovens for laminates industry, how to solve paper problems
Pierrick Girard, Ahlstrom


Test methods and influence factors on the electrostatic behaviour of laminate floor coverings
Helmut Bauch, Rico Emmler and Detlef Kleber, Institut für Holztechnologie Dresden (IHD)

12:00 100% automatic monitoring of the consistency of appearance of décor papers in the printing and in the impregnating line
Robert Massen and Guenther Kohler, Massen machine vision systems
12:30 Lunch break

Industry consolidation
Erich Streissler, Austrian Academy of Sciences


Mergers and acquisitions
Cormac O'Carroll, Jaakko Pöyry

15:00 Coffee break

Workshop Presentations
The moderators of the workshops will summarize the discussions.

17:00 End of conference





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