In the second of a series of profiles of exhibitors at Sustainability Now, here is more detail on Coillte Panel Products.

This month’s virtual event ‘Sustainability Now’ highlighted essential issues which matter right now for those creating a sustainable built environment.

Coillte Panel Products, a division of Coillte - the Irish Forestry Board, is a significant and powerful player in Europe’s composite board marketplace and was one of the selected sustainability exhibitors for the unique event with its two leading European panel product operations: SmartPly OSB and Medite MDF.

Both Medite and SmartPly are FSC certified, differentiating them from many competitor and substitute products and enabling them to meet the environmental requirements essential to designers, specifiers, architects and clients for both public and private projects. Medite’s MDF and SmartPly OSB are both manufactured in Ireland to current building standards and codes, making them not only versatile design and construction materials responsible on forestry and processing terms, but in shipping and transportation terms as well.

Throughout 2008, Coillte Panel Products says “It’s Time To Choose” - a vital imperative providing the focus for a new multi-faceted campaign asking decision makers to be responsible and choose wood products that carry forest certification. Providing proof that the timber originates from responsibly-managed forests helps ensure against forest crime and it is fast becoming a best business practice. This message is being relayed across the construction industries, encouraging timber distributers, architects, builders and contractors to make conscious decisions rather than rely on traditional criteria to determine product choice.

Geoff Rhodes, Coillte Panel Product’s marketing and business development director says, “Our idea is straightforward, and it is being heard loudly: it’s time to decide what’s best for your business and your conscience. We’ve made our choice. It’s time for you to choose.”