Future Lead Markets of the Forest-based Sector
FTP conference in Hannover, Germany, 15-16 May 2007

The Forest-based sector Technology Platform held a conference in Hannover, Germany during May 2007. The conference was arranged as an official event under the German presidency of the European Union. The conference took place in combination with LIGNA+ Hannover.


Pictures: Holzabsatzfonds (Expo roof),
German National Support Group

Conference theme
To reach the goals of the Lisbon strategy for development of the European Union, the Member States jointly launched an initiative to create and stimulate lead markets. Lead markets are markets for research and innovation-intensive products and services with a high potential for growth, thus promising a leading role for the European economy at the global level.

The forest-based sector is in an excellent position to create lead markets based on its renewable raw material, its sustainable economic concept, and its ecological and social functions, all linked with the innovative force of the sector's actors.

Successful implementation of innovations into market compatible products is based on the outcome of targeted research and development. At the Conference experts from industry, research and policy discussed the opportunities for lead markets and indicated concrete steps towards their realisation.

The full conference announcement can be found here.

The conference programme is available here.


  • Forest-based sector Technology Platform (FTP) and its German National Support Group
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research, with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer protection

Target audience

  • Forestry and wood industries, pulp and paper industries, wood energy sector
  • Research institutes and universities
  • Associations and authorities
  • National research funding organisations

LIGNA+ Hannover

The conference was held in combination with the LIGNA+ Hannover in the Convention Centre on the Hannover fairgrounds. LIGNA+ HANNOVER is the innovations marketplace par excellence for the forestry and timber industries, and in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises. The displays document the complete production cycle - from the harvesting and processing of timber to the industrial production of wood-based end products and innovative surface treatment technologies. The fair attracts about 100,000 visitors from all over the world and is the ideal venue for an exchange of knowledge and networking. The 2007 edition took place during 14-18 May 2007. For a programme of LIGNA+ 2007, click here.