Business Location Tyrol

40,000 companies, eight universities and universities of applied sciences, more than 20 university clinics. Center of international-level peak research, research rate of 3,1 percent, conducted by more than 5,000 researchers, many of them working for independent research facilities. Several centers of expertise, at which the business and scientific communities join to develop applications for use in such areas as personalized oncological treatment. Eight clusters of innovation and sector networks comprised of more than 500 proactive SMEs operating in the areas of renewal energy, IT, the life sciences and mechatronics. This is not the standard description of the state of Tyrol, but it is a pertinent one. The state offers a uniquely beautiful natural setting and a corresponding way of life – and a technological community encouraging corporate innovativeness.

This base of innovative strength and cooperation is joined by the state’s optimal geographic position. Tyrol is located in the midst of three of Europe’s strong metropolitan areas (Munich is 160 km away from Innsbruck), Switzerland (Zurich, 200 km) and Northern Italy (Milan, 370 km). Each of these areas is reachable by great transport links. These assets constitute good reasons to conduct business and research in Tyrol. Entrepreneurs from Germany and Italy that have invested in the state include Bionorica Research GmbH, the Kathrein group, Durst Phototechnik and Leitner AG. The latter has a plant in Tyrol producing generators incorporated into wind power facilities. 

Strongly sought after on the international scale are the excellent results emerging from the research consortium working under the auspices of Oncotyrol and alpS. These Tyrolean K1 Centers form part of the Austrian government’s COMET program.

All of Europe is eagerly observing the EU project Sinfonia. In the course of Austria’s largest smart city project and with energy efficiency investments in the millions, the cities of Innsbruck and Bolzano are preparing for the future of the European city. Among countless individual steps, more than 1,000 apartments are refurbished to reach nearly passive-house standards. The relevant electricity, heating and cooling grids are intelligently connected and based on renewable sources. At the same time, the University of Innsbruck recognizes its large-scale monitoring task and measures the temperature, humidity and CO2 content of 500 refurbished apartments. In addition, the consumption of electricity it separately analyzed for building services engineering and households. The success of various measures is, therefore, determined in the context of the residents’ consumption behavior and paves the way for successful measures to be transferred to other climate zones. The first European cities to adapt and prepare the measures from Innsbruck and Bolzano for implementation are Rosenheim (G), La Rochelle (F), Seville (SP), Paphos (CY) and Boras (SE). A total of  30 partners from eight European countries participate in Sinfonia, 21 of which come from Tyrol and South Tyrol. 

Education / Research Institutions

Selected EU-Projects

COMET-Centers or Christian-Doppler-Laboratories with Location in Tyrol:

COMET-Centers with Tyrolian participation:

  • K2 MPPE (materials technology, COMET, participation in K2 centers)

  • K1 LEC EvoLET (gas and large dual fuel engines, COMET, participation in K1 centers)

  • K1-MET (metallurgy, COMET, participation in K1 centers)

  • ECO-COOL (fully electronically regulated cooling cycles for highly efficient household cooling devices, COMET, participation in the K project)

  • focus_sts (timber boards: system developments for solid wood construction and optimization of product and production, COMET, participation in the K project)

Christian-Doppler-Laboratories with Tyrolian economical partners:

Regional:

  • Textiles (development of innovative materials for the sports, recreation and healthcare market, Tyrol – Vorarlberg – South Tyrol)

  • K-Regio VAMEL (development of hearing aids to compensate for symptoms negatively affecting quality of life which arise from the malfunction of equilibrium organs)

    • K-Regio Hyperbaric infrared cabins (development of a pressurized chamber with combined low temperature infrared technology)

    • K-Regio PowerBox² (use of biogenic residual materials to generate renewable energies via the thermal gasification in small, decentralized power plants)

    • K-Regio Ski technology (development of ski edge and ski coating machines for winter sport devices)

Technology Transfer

Companies

Clusters / Main Branches