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European Congress 2022

September 12th and 13th in Darmstadt, Germany

For registration to the annual congress of PPA-Europe and IFBS please use the link:

Congress 2022

Carbon assessment of buildings: from embodied carbon to whole life carbon

The European alliance “Metals for Buildings” has created a video to illustrate various building stages included in the whole life carbon assessment and how reusability & recyclability reduce whole life carbon impact of buildings.

Whole life carbon assessment of buildings


Publication of PPA-Europe's Rules for Good Practice

The first edition of the European planning and installation guideline for wall cladding and roof covering work using sandwich panels has now been published. Double skin metal faced sandwich panels with an insulating core of polyurethane or mineral wool, with through-fixing or hidden fixing system, are covered by this guideline.

The document "Rules for Good Practice" explains the terminology for metal building structure and envelope and provides instructions and practical information on:
  • planning and preparation of the works for wall cladding and roof covering
  • materials to be used (sandwich panels, sealants and gaskets, fasteners and their accessories, flashings)
  • execution of construction work, including conditions for the panel supporting structure, storage and handling of sandwich panels
  • maintenance and repairs
  • assessment of the appearance of a façade
  • classification of premises depending on the humidity level
  • classification of interior environments and exterior atmospheres.

Figures and drawings show examples of good practice for the installation of sandwich panels and ancillary items at specific points of the building.

The new document can be found on our website, at:

Award of new EPAQ Certification Documents and new / prolonged EPAQ Quality Certificates

On the ocassion of the last General Assembly of PPA-Europe on 14th October 2019, two new EPAQ Certification Documents for sandwich panels have been awarded to the companies Romakowski, Germany and ArcelorMittal Construction France (AMCF). In addition, the company Metecno, Germany, got the EPAQ Quality Certificate accompanying its new EPAQ Certification Document for sandwich panels with steel faces and polyurethane core material meTecno System 15, meaning that they can now mark these products with the EPAQ Quality Label.

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  19_AMCF_new EPAQ CD
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The representative of Romakowski with the chairman of the Quality Committee for Panels
  The representative of AMCF with the chairman of the Quality Committee for Panels   The representative of Metecno with the chairman of the Quality Committee for Panels

In the framework of the EPAQ quality system for metal profiled sheets, the EPAQ Quality Certificates for trapezoidal profiles and liner trays made of steel, of ArcelorMittal Construction Belgium (AMCB) have been prolonged for a new three year certification period. The renewed certificates have been awarded to the company.

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The representative of AMC with the chairman of the Quality Committee for Profiles

All the Certification Documents and Quality Certificates for the currently valid EPAQ certifications and for those under development / revision can be found on our web-site, at:

European Congress 2019

October 14th and 15th in Marseille, France

For registration to the annual congress of PPA-Europe and IFBS please use the link:

Congress 2019

Publication of the 2018 edition of the association EPDs

The revision of the association Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) has been completed. The new edition has been released on 14th September 2018 with a validity of five years. The four EPDs revised are:

  • EPD for double skin steel faced sandwich panels with a core made of mineral wool,
  • EPD for double skin steel faced sandwich panels with a core made of polyurethane,
  • EPD for profiled sheets made of steel for roof, wall, deck and ceiling constructions,
  • EPD for profiled sheets made of aluminium for roof, wall and ceiling constructions.

These are average EPDs based on input data submitted by different manufacturers. On the second page of each EPD there is a list of participating companies.

To view or download the declarations, please click on the pictures below or go to

EPD 2018 MW Panels               EPD 2018 PU Panels               EPD 2018 Steel Profiles               EPD 2018 Aluminium Profiles

Shortage of the MDI supply

MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) is produced in few large-scale plants in Europe, Nord-America and Asia. Several production facilities have encountered technical difficulties in the last months.

It will take few weeks before the raw material MDI becomes again available in sufficient amount.

The manufacture of rigid PU insulating boards, expanding foams, adhesives and paints belongs primarily to the constructional applications of MDI. MDI is in wide use also as binder for production of wood fibre insulating materials (dry-manufacturing process). Hence, this is a general matter, which affects in essence all PU producers in Europe. In Germany, PU insulating materials can be supplied only in limited amounts.

The manufacturers of PU row materials and of PU insulating boards are making every effort to ensure full supplying capacity as soon as possible. They are in close contact with their clients, to keep them up-to-date about the situation.

Information about this matter are also provided here:

Metals Position Paper and Press Release on Circular Economy

The combined European metals industry looks forward to an ambitious Circular Economy Package supporting growth, innovation, competitiveness and jobs. Some challenges and opportunities to an improved circular management of metals are described in the common position paper "Boosting the circular management of metals".

Seeking a better recognition of the role of metals in the context of the Circular Economy, the Association of European Producers of steel for packaging (APEAL), the European Steel Association (EUROFER), the European Association of Metals (Eurometaux), Metal Packaging Europe (MPE) and Metals for Buildings (MFB) have come up with a Joint Metals Press Release.

1st Workshop of PPA-Europe

On 26th February 2015, the European Association for Panels and Profiles organized at its premises from Krefeld the workshop "Correct measurement". Practical guidelines on the right way of checking the dimensional characteristics of the sandwich panels and of the metallic profiles were given by Dipl.-Ing. Markus Tresser from the German research center "Karlsruher Institut für Technologie(KIT) Versuchsanstalt für Stahl, Holz und Steine", a very active third-party of our EPAQ scheme.

ECO-EPDs for sandwich panels and metallic profiles

During its first official annual conference on 16th October 2014 in Brussels, the ECO Platform (, umbrella organization comprising various (national) EPD program operators in Europe announced the launch of a new EPD logo. The first “ECO-EPDs“ were awarded to declaration owners of the various programs. PPA-Europe got, in the event, the ECO-EPDs for:

  • Sandwich panels with polyurethane core
  • Sandwich panels with mineral wool core
  • Profiled sheets made of steel for roof, wall and deck constructions

Thanks of ECO-EPD, PPA-Europe members can use their sector EPD around almost, all European countries, without an extra cost.

For documents downloading, please click here: ECO-EPD

New EPDs for Sandwich Panels

EPAQ publishes new Environmental Product Declarations - EPDs for:

  • Sandwich Panels with polyurethane core
  • Sandwich Panels with mineral wool core
  • Profiled Sheets made of steel for roof, wall and deck constructions

Award of new EPAQ Quality Labels

On October 26th new EPAQ Quality Labels for sandwich panels and profiles have been awarded. The companies MAAS, ISOPAN and SAB Profiel got their certificates.



Mr Wolfgang Maas
with the chairman of the Quality Committee for Profiles Jürgen Schmied

Mr Rocco Traini (center), Isopan, with the chairman of the Quality Committee
for Panels (right), Prof. Klaus Berner and the Secretary General of EPAQ (left),
Dr. Ralf Podleschny

The company MAAS got their certificates for the product groups:

  • Trapezoidal Profiles
  • Corrugated Profiles
  • Standing Seam Profiles
    made of steel or aluminium.

The company ISOPAN got their certificate for Sandwich Panels: 

  • Isoparete
  • Iso-Wall
  • Isofrigo
  • Isocop
    with steel faces and polyurethane core material.

The company SAB Profiel got their certificates for the product groups:

  • Trapezoidal Profiles
  • Liner Trays
  • Corrugated Profiles
    made of steel.

29 EPAQ Quality Labels!

At the EPAQ and Pan&Pro Congress 2011 in Rome 
3 new EPAQ Quality Labels have been awarded to EPAQ members.

Totally 29 EPAQ Quality Labels for products of 13 companies are now certified. 18 labels are for sandwich panels and 11 labels are for profiles. These certified products are manufactured in 8 European countries.

Panels and profiles with EPAQ Quality Label have to fulfil the EPAQ Quality Regulations which are based on an independent third party control of independent institutes and experts. A regular control of product characteristics safeguards a high quality which can be shown by the EPAQ Quality Label in combination with the EPAQ Quality Certificate.

In Rome Metecno Bausysteme, Germany, and Joris Ide, Belgium got their Quality Certificates. The picture below shows EPAQ President Johan Schedin, Renault Thibaux and Matthias Bostyn, Joris Ide, Prof. Klaus Berner, Chairman of the Quality Committee for Panels.

Certificate award 2011 

Certificate award Joris Ide


ce de pa inauguration in Tudela, Spain on July 7th

DOW and SAIP built a new sandwich panel line in Tudela, Spain (near Zaragoza) for everybody who wants to test new foam systems, new insulation materials, machine components or anything else regarding sandwich technology. The new line which belongs to the new company cedepa which is only founded to run this project is a missing link between research and production.

Manufacturers can rent the line to test new ideas without stopping their own production at home. The possibility to rent the line is not limited to clients of DOW and SAIP but open for everybody.

 Read more in the press release:

DOW and SAIP Customers inaugurate cedepa


Award of the first EPAQ Quality Labels

On March 27th, the Quality Committee for Panels awarded the first EPAQ Quality Labels for sandwich panels. In the presence of Mr Pfiel (Brucha) and Mr Pesch (Romakowski) the chairman of the Quality Committee and the Secretary General handed over the first Quality Certificates.

Photos de la remise des labels



EN 14509 is published