Our Mission

We are an independent research facility acting worldwide and focussing our work on industry-related and application-oriented research and development.

Thereby, we can look back on sixty years of experience and concentrate on

  • material properties and the use of material,
  • technological and product development,
  • environmental and health protection,
  • resource and energy efficiency.

We work interdisciplinarily and act in a market-oriented and results-based manner. We efficiently use the funds available to us for research and development and for stimulating the branches of industry. Our partners appreciate the expertise and reliability of our staff.

Our Vision

Wood is the most versatile renewable resource.

We are the first contact partner for the industry, science and the society when it is about the best possible use of wood and other renewable raw materials.

We apply our knowledge and our experience across sectors in order to be able to react flexibly to future issues. This is based on our committed staff, our technical state-of-the-art equipment, a large range of topics and our cooperation with renowned project partners.


Since its foundation in 1952, the Institut für Holztechnologie Dresden (IHD) has been dealing with application-oriented research into the use of timber as a resource, its processing into materials and finished products made thereof.

Its research activities are traditionally accompanied by developing appropriate test methodologies, consultancy and further training. Following its privatisation in 1992, the IHD has been operating as a non-profit-making limited liability entity.

Its sole shareholder is the "Trägerverein Institut für Holztechnologie Dresden e.V.", whose current membership includes more than 90 renowned businesses, associations and institutions of the German timber industry.

With its approximately 120 members of staff and state-of-the-art experimental fields and laboratories, the IHD has all the prerequisites for conducting widely varied wood-technological research. The handling of test assignments and services for the industry and trade is the predominant task of the Entwicklungs- und Prüflabor Holztechnologie (EPH), a subsidiary of the IHD on the same premises.

The institute understands itself as a partner of medium-sized businesses in the wood business, furniture industry and related industrial sectors, and maintains international contacts with corresponding scientific facilities.

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