The Team


Rainer Eder

The idea and concept for Timber-Online – which now goes by the name – came from DI Dr. Rainer Eder, board director of the AV-Holding.

Rainer Eder was the editor-in-chief of the Holzkurier between 1994 and 2002 and is still closely connected with the medium.


Editor in Chief

Gerd Ebner

A majority of the market reports are penned by Holzkurier's editor-in-chief DI Gerd Ebner. He has been working for the Österreichischer Agrarverlag since 1996. Until 2001, Carinthia-born Ebner was responsible for establishing the timber specialist group on the German market. This function brought him to almost all continents on his many business trips. Since July 2002, Ebner has been head of the wood specialist group of the Österreichischer Agrarverlag. He is responsible for seven media in this role.

The passionate sportsman charges his batteries during long racing and mountain bike tours across Europe as well as jogging trips through the Vienna Woods or in Carinthia, his home province. His next sporting ambition is a 1400 km bicycle race that will take him from London to Edinburgh and back.



Lorenz Pfungen

DI Lorenz Pfungen from the Weinviertel region joined the Holzkurier in mid-2015. Prior to working for the Holzkurier he spent time studying abroad in Gent/BE and his professional activities included working for Frischeis and Holzindustrie Schweighofer and Kaindl.

The sporty officer cadet is actively involved in local clubs and associations. Lorenz started his education at the HTL Mödling (Secondary College of Engineering) from which he graduated with distinction. His diploma thesis that he wrote at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences was already characterized by data analysis – a task that Lorenz also likes to take care of at the Holzkurier. His specialty: prompt visualization of global softwood lumber flows.



Robert Spannlang

The graduate forestry specialist and father of one daughter started his career in the timber group in 2002. After an interlude working in the charity sector, DI Robert Spannlang made his comeback to the timber group in 2014. The Upper Austrian is responsible for the Forstzeitung and supports the team of when it comes to topics revolving around forestry.

Robert's excellent English skills are a great help for the English version of Timber-Online.



Raimund Leitzinger

Mag. Raimund Leitzinger has been a part of the timber group's sales team since 2013. He is taking care of the advertising customers of Holzkurier, Holzdesign and with a great deal of commitment. The language skills he acquired during his studies of Romance languages are a big plus in the communication with Italian advertising customers and in handling the subscription business of

The passionate barista is regularly treating the editorial team to freshly brewed coffee.