Associations of the Austrian Wood Industries

Business Activities:

The Association of the Austrian Wood Industries is the umbrella organization of all industrial undertakings within the woodworking sector (except forestry). It was registered as an association in 2007 and currently has 15 full-time employees. In total there are about 1.500 members representing the various branches with a production value of more than 5 billion EUR and more than 30.000 employees. Most of these enterprises are small and medium-sized and almost entirely privately owned. The Wood Industry is a highly export oriented sector with an export rate of nearly 60%. The exports consist mainly of sawn softwood, wood based panels and skis. The most important market for Austrian wood products is the European Union (70%) with the two main export countries Germany and Italy. The Association of the Austrian Wood Industries represents the interests of its members, has the right to appraise legislative bills and conducts negotiations on collective agreements with the trade unions. Additionally the Association is also an important service organization for its members and for example offers free legal advice or acts as a platform for export activities. Their main activities are: representation of membership interests at all levels of government and at EU-level, information and advisory service to our members, collect bargaining with unions, business support and service, promotion of international trade and promotion of Austrian wood products in international markets.

Role in the project:

AAWI, alongside the rest of us, WPFC, iVHT, CONF and CCE, will be in charge of the Exploitation and Dissemination of the project results (WP7). AAWI will also work in close contact with the other associations for indirectly validating results and disseminating the project results among its members. Participation in the Integration & Validation stage. Dissemination of project results and benefits among SME community in the woodworking industry.

Benefits Expected:

They will benefit from increasing level of technical excellence among their member SMEs through dissemination of the project results. They will share the IPR ownership of the project results with the other SME-IAGs. Licensing to third parties and receiving royalties will be their main commercialisation strategy after the project. Their members will benefit from ECOPRESSWOOD results through receiving free licenses for manufacturing wood panels using the new bio-based resin, which will have formaldehyde emissions at natural wood level. This will allow them complying with the upcoming EU legislation banning the use of formaldehyde in wood products.