As a not-for-profit research institute, we support the interests of the timber industry and make an important contribution to the sustainable development of our society through research, testing, and certification, as well as through knowledge transfer. Holzforschung Austria - Austrian Forest Products Research Society fulfils these essential tasks in close cooperation with industry and science.
Not-for-profit association for wood research
Holzforschung Austria – Austrian Forest Products Research Society (HFA-ÖGH) was founded in 1948 and is a not-for-profit association created by a private initiative under Austrian association law (ZVR 850936522). Members include companies, institutions, and individuals from the entire forestry sector and timber industry.
Cooperative research institute
With the support of the woodworking industry, the cooperative wood research institute, well known today under the name Holzforschung Austria, could already be opened in 1953. The central laboratory which encompasses all disciplines was designed to collaborate closely with industry and the timber industry. From the outset, the main purpose has been the research and development of innovative products.
Reliable partner for industry and science
In cooperation with partners from science and industry, Holzforschung Austria consolidates Austria's national and international position in the field of research and use of timber as a raw material and construction material. Our mission statement summarizes the values, goals and strategies of Holzforschung Austria.
The Steering Committee is appointed by the general assembly for a period of three years. The members of the Steering Committee represent customers and partners along the entire value chain.
Dr. R. Freidhager (Österreichische Bundesforste AG)
Ing. F. Mühlbauer (Mühlbauer Holz GmbH)
F. Binder (Binderholz GmbH), H. Handlos (Herbert Handlos Ges.m.b.H.), N. Katzbeck (Katzbeck Produktionsges.m.b.H), KommR F. Kirnbauer (Holzindustrie Kirnbauer, Franz Kirnbauer KG), C. Kulterer (Hasslacher Holding GmbH), Mag. R. V. Mosser (Mosser Leimholz Ges.m.b.H.), Mag. F. Pichler (Wirtschaftsbetrieb Stift Admont), Mag. J, Offner Holzindustrie Ges.m.b.H), Ing. J. Peneder (Doka GmbH), M. Pfeifer (Pfeifer Holz Ges.m.b.H. & Co KG), DI R. Rumplmayr (Donausäge Rumplmayr Ges.m.b.H.), DI G. Steigthaler (Wiesner Hager Möbel Ges.m.b.H.), Dr. E. Wiesner (Wiehag Ges.m.b.H.)
Ing. R. Böhm (Bundesinnung Holzbau), LIM KommR. Ing. H. Mitsch (Bundesinnung Tischler)
DI Leo Arpa (Mondi Frantschach GmbH)
H. Knögler (Synthesa Chemie Ges.m.b.H), IM KommR. M. Singer (Singer KG)
DI M. Höbarth (Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich), Sandra Czeczelitz, MSc. (Fachverband der Holzindustrie Österreichs)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gindl-Altmutter (Boku Wien), Em. o. Univ.-Prof. DDI W. Winter (TU Wien
President Mag. Reinhard V. Mosser
Vice President KommR. Ing. F. Kirnbauer
The Certification Working Group pays attention to the independence and impartiality of the certification body. In addition, it takes on tasks within the procedure for handling complaints and appeals, which relate to the activities of the conformity assessment bodies.
Certification Working Group
KommR Ing. J. Breiter (WK Niederösterreich), DI B. Budil (Land- & Forstbetriebe Österreichs), DI (FH) R. Handl (FV der Holzindustrie/BG Sägeindustrie), DI N. Müller, Mag. S. Winkler (BG Handel)