International Association for Technical Issues related to Wood

Business Activities:

The Verein für Technische Holzfragen e.V. (VTH, Association for Technical Issues related to Wood) founded in 1946 is an organization of enterprises and individuals intending to advance research and development around the material wood and other regenerative raw materials. Currently iVHT has 4 full-time employees working for the association. In order to reflect the growing sphere of the association and to meet the requirements of its member on four continents, in March 2004 the VTH was renamed in iVTH International Association for Technical Issues related to Wood. At present the iVHT has approximately 130 members from different branches of the wood-based panel industry, machine engineering, chemical industry, furniture industry and prefabricated house industry. The members are coming from four continents, but the majority comes from Germany and from the member states of the European Union. Since several economic organizations joined the iVTH it reaches almost 9000 enterprises which are mostly small (more than 90%) and medium enterprises.

Role in the project:

iVHT, alongside the rest of us, WPFC, AAWI, CONF  and CCE, will be in charge of the Exploitation and Dissemination of the project results (WP7). iVHT 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. iVHT will have royalty free exploitation rights on the IPR for the production and commercialization of the new bio-based free-formaldehyde resin and the wood panels with formaldehyde emissions at natural wood levels. iVHT´s benefit is being able to offer licensing rights to its member SMEs, and subsequent competitive advantage based on their exclusive exploitation rights. This will allow them complying with the upcoming EU legislation banning the use of formaldehyde in wood products.