Head of the institute HFA and Managing director of ÖGH:
DI Dr. Manfred Brandstätter (Ext. -36, Email)
Holzforschung Austria - Austrian Forest Products Research Society (HFA-ÖGH) was founded in 1948. With currently 100 employees Holzforschung Austria is the largest research and testing institute for wood in Austria. From a technical point of view it is the only institute which addresses the entire value chain – beginning from the storing of wood in the forest, wood processing to the different products. Bordering disciplines such as surface coatings, wood preservatives and adhesives are also within its scope. Research activities are practice-oriented.
The projects are conducted in close collaboration with small and large companies in the industry. The institute works frequently for its customers as their external research and development department. Our specialists cover a wide range of technical fields and topics spanning over several fields are addressed in an interdisciplinary way. At HFA the industrial competence centre wood technology was established in 2002 to prepare the basis for innovations. The HFA is also a member of the consortium of cooperative research facilities of the Austrian industry - Austrian Cooperative Research (ACR). In the area of conformity assessment (testing, inspection and certification) Holzforschung Austria is accredited for all relevant procedures by the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs of the Republic of Austria (BMDW).
Reports and certificates are internationally recognised. Since 2006 HFA is also been legitimated by the BEV as a calibration laboratory for round timber. The experts at Holzforschung Austria also prepare expert’s reports and are engaged in national as well as international standardisation committees.
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