Record participation at the ICDLI Plenary Assembly

Frankfurt, November 2nd, 2016. the Plenary Assembly of ICDLI (International Committee of the Decorative Laminates Industry) took place in Barcelona from 12 to 14 October. More than 70 international participants from the HPL industry attended the event and were inspired by 12 lectures on design, environment and technology.

The 55th ICDLI Plenary Assembly offered an ideal framework for an intensive ex-change of industry. Existing contacts could be cultivated and new ones made.
The program covered all the interests of manufacturers, processors and suppliers and informed them about current trends and technical developments.

Guest speaker Patrick Faramia (IMPRESS SURFACES GMBH) illuminated the future market developments in digital printing and presented the structural change in surface printing. Due to the increased use of digital printing, individual customer requirements can be met more flexibly, more cost-effectively and more quickly.
Considering new challenges that are posed to new product launches, Prof. Thorsten Ober (Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences) addressed the product and design tests in his lecture. He presented essential criteria that help to successfully position a new product on the market.
Also the development trends in the construction industry are not insignificant factors for future order forecasts for HPL manufacturers. The representative of Eurocon-struct Josep R. Fontana (ITeC) presented trends for the South West European construction market for the coming years.
Finally, Markus Höchli (Argolite AG) presented the ICDLI annual report with the data of the European HPL industry. With the annual report prepared by the ICDLI, the association provides the members with a detailed overview of the existing HPL market situation in Europe.
Furthermore, it was decided during the Plenary Assembly that the ICDLI will continue to update its existing Environmental Product Declaration Type III (EPD) for the members.

In addition to imparting professional know-how and creative input, the participants were offered a special highlight in the supporting program in the evening. An exclu-sive tour of the Camp Nou football stadium allowed the guests to take a look at the playing field on which European football history was written.
The tour of the modern Barcelona Museum and dinner over the lights of the city were the culmination of a versatile meeting program.

Next year, the ICDLI will be held in Budapest.