Jowat focuses on path to circular economy

The 19th Jowat Symposium, held in Detmold (Germany) in early November, provided comprehensive expertise for guests from the wood and furniture industry from across Europe.

This year the established trade event focused on the future viability and sustainability of the woodworking industry. Which strategies safeguard the success of an enterprise in turbulent times? How do closed loops influence and promote sustainable development in the wood and furniture industry?

To discuss these questions, more than 120 participants convened at Jowat’s headquarters of the adhesive manufacturer’s House of Technology.

The symposium featured a series of presentations to shed light on the most different aspects of sustainability: the impact of changing raw material markets, and disturbed supply chains on the risk management of an enterprise.

Strategies for building an efficient circular economy – particularly in the chemical industry –, the potential of bio-based raw materials, and possible paths towards more sustainable adhesive bonding processes were also discussed.

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion, in which experts from the sub-supplier industries, external industry advisors, and representatives of wood-based material, waste disposal and recycling associations discussed the importance of a functioning circular economy for sustainable industrial processes.

Dr. Christian Terfloth, Managing Director of Jowat SE, emphasised that circular flows are the cornerstone of sustainable management and can only be established if there is an open exchange between all players along the process chain.

The conference was rounded off with many ideas coming from processor experiences and with new solutions from the Jowat adhesive portfolio. In addition to the presentation of the latest news from machine manufacturers and research and development, the trade foyer also provided an opportunity for an open exchange with other participants.

Jowat SE is one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial adhesives. These are mainly used in woodworking and furniture manufacture, in the paper and packaging industry, for graphic arts, in the textile, automotive as well as in the electrical industry.

The supplier of all adhesive groups manufacture more than 1,00,000 tonnes of adhesives per year. A global sales structure with 23 subsidiaries, plus solution partners, guarantees local service with close customer contact.

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