Sawyer project final conference: Impacts of the twin transition on the EU furniture industry
March 10, 2021
On 10 March, the Spanish Furnishings cluster (CENFIM), hosted the final conference of the Sawyer project, which served as a platform to present the Sawyer final report and have a discussion on its main results. EFIC was a partner in the project and EFIC Secretary General Gabriella Kemendi spoke of the role of Social Dialogue in the transition to a more circular economy, among others.
Edi Snaidero appointed President
of the European Furniture Industries Confederation
March 2, 2021
At the Extraordinary General Assembly of the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) held on 2 March 2021, the EFIC membership elected Edi Snaidero as President of the organisation for the period running from 2021 to 2024. Markus Wiesner steps down from his role after nine years of dedication to the confederation.
EFIC Statement on price increase of raw materials
March 1, 2021
1 March 2021 - The European furniture industries report a generalised increase in prices of certain raw materials, which meet the furniture industry in a difficult point in time, where the industry is trying to recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The furniture industry is closely monitoring and evaluating the situation and calls on suppliers to do the necessary to not incur into unnecessary extra costs for the supply of raw materials, as increased prices will hamper the furniture industry from a swift recovery from the impact of Covid-19.
EFIC Annual Report 2020
February 24, 2021
The EFIC annual report of activities 2020 is available! Read about our initiatives throughout the year on Covid-19, circular economy, international trade and market access, Social Dialogue and within Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture.
EFIC Press Release: EFIC signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers
February 9, 2021
9 February 2021 - EFIC is pleased to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers, committing to regular exchanges on activities and files of common interest, including international trade, as well as on the overall situation of the industry in the countries represented by both organisations.
The Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers is a multi-level professional service organization for domestic and international furniture manufacturers. Since 2001 UAFM has developed into the largest service platform for furniture manufacturers in Ukraine. UAFM members are Ukrainian manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and designers. 60%+ is the total share of the furniture market of Ukraine.
EFIC Statement: Order delays resulting from COVID-19:
European Furniture industry calls on partners for flexibility and solidarity
February 8, 2021
8 February 2021 - The European furniture industries express concerns over shortages of raw materials, which are resulting in delays of furniture deliveries, as experienced by many furniture companies in Europe. The industry is working towards solutions to alleviate the current bottlenecks. Nonetheless, the current crisis is unprecedented and a force majeure and the industry calls on furniture partners for understanding, flexibility and solidarity in these difficult times.
EFIC Press release: Committed circular design paves the way for circular economy - the Furniture Industries' perspective
On 18 November 2020, close to 200 participants gathered in a webinar hosted by EFIC on ‘Circular Design for Furniture’, an initiative aimed at bringing policymakers, industry representatives and other actors together to discuss the potential of circular design in the transition of the furniture industries towards a more circular economy.
EFIC Press Release: European furniture industry experiences shortages of supplies
12 November 2020 - The European Furniture Industries express concerns over continued shortages of materials and the resulting implications throughout the value chain and call on material suppliers to stabilise the supplies of materials that are necessary for the production of furniture.
EFIC position paper: Upcoming sustainable products initiative should consider the complexity of furniture
4 November 2020 - In view of the upcoming sustainable products initiative the European Furniture Industries Confederation urges EU policymakers to take a holistic approach to ensure a harmonised regulatory framework, to consider the complexity of furniture products and to rely on standardisation bodies and industry expertise in the process.
EFIC Press Release: Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability paving the way for a toxic-free environment
16 October 2020 - The European Furniture Industries Confederation welcomes the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability published by the European Commission on 14 October and supports a more sustainable chemicals policy, enabling the green and digital transition, accelerating the shift to a more circular economy and reducing consumer, vulnerable groups and workers’ exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Social partners joint statement on digitalisation
The European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) - recognized European social partner organisations for the Furniture sector – issue their joint recommendations on how to anticipate, design, implement and manage industrial change driven by digital transformation.
Joint Statement: Call for compliance with the Single Market rules
EFIC co-signed a joint statement issued by the representatives of the European Forestry Value chain, addressing a provision recently introduced in the Austrian Forest Act. This provision, if adopted and implemented, could represent a breach of the European Internal market rules and potentially create distortions in the Single Market.
CEPI study co-signed by EFIC on positive effect of F-BI industries on climate
CEPI - The Confederation of European Paper Industries - has developed a study, which has been co-signed by EFIC, showing the positive effects of the Forest-Based Industries on climate in the EU.
EU Recovery needs a resilient Single Market, Circular Economy and digitalisation
Covid-19 has led to an unprecedented health and economic crisis, showing that a European problem needs a European solution. On 27 May the European Commission proposed a Recovery Package to repair and revitalise the Single Market and to support investments in a green and digital future. The European Furniture industries welcome the focus on these three key elements and is completely aligned with the European Commission on the green recovery.
The European Forest-based Ecosystem calls to be eligible for support by the European Recovery Plan and Industrial Strategy
COVID-19: Social partners recommendations
COVID-19: To fight the Corona pandemic, the European Woodworking and Furniture Industries propose measures to protect workers’ health, support economic activity and the sector’s recovery
EFIC Press Release: European Furniture Industry embraces EU circularity objectives
21 April 2020 - The European Furniture Industries Confederation welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan published by the European Commission on 11 March 2020, strongly supports circularity ambitions and is ready to be involved in making circular economy - a key enabler of the EU’s climate and environmental goals - a reality, by providing sector specific-expertise whenever needed. Find here the press release.
EFIC Press Release - Unwanted toxic flame retardants preventing circularity and increasing fire toxicity
15 April 2020 - The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan and calls on the EU institutions to address the unnecessary and unwanted use of chemicals which prevent circularity and climate goals, such as toxic flame retardants in furniture, which endanger at the same time people’s and firefighters’ health, as they migrate out of products and may lead to an increase in fire toxicity.
EFIC Press release - COVID-19 recommendations
EFIC calls on the EU Institutions and the Member States to take the necessary measures to overcome the crisis and preserve the EU Single Market. Particularly by ensuring and facilitating: the transportation of goods, border crossing of workers & commuters, access to the necessary protective equipment to workers and to liquidity support schemes to companies, support to apprenticeship via European funds and concrete recommendations for a safe resume of economic activities.
EFIC Press Release on the New Circular Economy Action Plan and the new Industrial Strategy for Europe
EFIC welcomes the Commission's New Circular Economy Action Plan and flags potential barriers and fragmentation of the EU Internal Market that could result from misaligned implementation initiatives at Member State level. EFIC also welcomes the new Industrial Strategy for Europe recognising that Europe’s industry is central to growth and prosperity.
EFIC Press Release on the European Green Deal
The European Furniture Industries are pleased to see the high ambitions behind the announced European Green Deal and particularly welcome the initiatives to support the industry in achieving a climate neutral and circular economy, the goals to create a toxic-free environment and to preserve and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as the focus on skills and digital transformation
Joint Paper Industry4Europe
EFIC supports the Industry4Europe Joint Paper promoting business friendly policies, sustainability, upgraded skills, R&D and funding, a reinforced single market and improved market access and contributing to the future EU Industrial Strategy announced by the European Commission.
EFIC press release "Safe Fire Safety without Flame Retardants" issued on behalf of the Alliance for Flame Retardants Free Furniture
A Safe Fire Safety is possible without Flame Retardants: find out how in this Press Release
EFIC guest column in ECHA's website "Chemicals in our life"
EFIC guest column on toxic Flame Retardants in Furniture has been published by ECHA in the website "Chemicals in our life"
The EFIC Manifesto 2019-2024
Enhancing the competitiveness of the furniture sector is of key importance and as such, EFIC calls on the EU institutions to engage over the 2019-2014 term with actions that correspond to our aspirations. Check out our Manifesto for 2019-2024.
Joint letter to ECHA - TCEP, TCPP and TDCP chemicals in furniture
Joint letter adopted by the EU Social Partners in June 2019, addressing ECHA restriction process on TCEP, TCPP and TDCP chemicals in furniture.
Vacancy for a Secretary General in EFIC
EFIC is looking for a Secretary General. Join our team!
EFIC Press Release on Product Policy Framework Consultation
PASYVEX - The Cyprus Furniture Industry Association - becomes EFIC Member
EFIC welcomes PASYVEX as its 14th National Association
EFIC Position Paper on the Machinery Directive
The EFIC Position paper on the Machinery Directive has been approved by the Members of EFIC Board and Technical Working Group
EFIC Press Release on Interface Consultation
EFIC published a Press release on the Interface between chemical, product and waste legislation with the key messages submitted to the public consultation
Joint Statement EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
Joint Statement of the European Business calling on the European Parliament to endorse the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
Joint Statement Flame Retardants in furniture
Joint Statement on Flame Retardants adopted by Social Partners during the Social Dialogue Committee for Furniture, September 2018
Joint Statement on the revision of the DIRECTIVE 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work – Formaldehyde
Joint Statement on the revision of the Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work (3rd Batch) - Formaldehyde
The European Union includes intelligent safeguards to avoid market distortions in RED II, whilst raising targets for Renewable Energy Sources.
European producers of wood-based panels (represented by EPF), of furniture (represented by EFIC) and FederlegnoArredo (FLA), the Italian member association of both federations, welcome the conclusion of negotiations on Europe’s Renewable Energy Directive Recast (RED II).
EFIC and your personal data
EFIC collects certain information or data about you when you use www.efic.eu
EFIC position on the revision of the mutual recognition regulation
The Single Market for Goods is one of the EU’s greatest achievements, as well as one of its most important and continuing priorities. It finds its legal roots in the free movement of goods, the first of the four fundamental freedoms of the internal market established by the Treaties.
ECHA recommends restriction on flame retardants in polyurethane foams
In December 2017, ECHA - the European Chemicals Agency - opened a Call for evidence for a possible restriction under REACH of TCEP, TCPP and TDCP flame retardants used in flexible polyurethane (PUR) foams in childcare articles and residential furniture.
EFIC 2020 Strategy - BBCWFI becomes EFIC Member.
The Bulgarian Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industries becomes Member of EFIC.
EFIC Board Members welcomed BBCWFI's application for membership during the Board Meeting that took place in Vienna in March 2018.
Mr. Wiesner underlined the key role that one and united Confederation may play for improving and defending the furniture sector at the European level.
It seems that EFIC is on the right path.
EFIC 2020: first single company becomes Associated Member of EFIC IKEA of Sweden
After the launch of the EFIC 2020 strategy, EFIC has opened applications for associated membership to single companies and possibilities for partnerships and sponsorships.
The fifth Stakeholder meeting with Professor T. Richard Hull
The Alliance for the Case for Flame Retardant Free Furniture published the press release on the "Fifth Stakeholder Meeting" with Prof. T. Richard Hull, that took place on Monday 29th January 2018 in Brussels.
Joint paper for an ambitious EU Industrial Policy Strategy
The Joint Paper “For an ambitious EU industrial strategy: going further”, is the result of a joint action promoted by 126 industry organisation reacting to the Communication on “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: a renewed Industrial Strategy for Europe” published by the European Commission in September 2017.