Austria is a highly developed location with great innovative strength and a high level of efficiency: technology companies with international operations can rely on premium quality and services from Austrian mechanical and plant engineering firms. There are highly specialised companies in Austria, from Advanced Manufacturing to Industry 4.0 and robotics and sensor technology. They combine their in-depth expertise and a high level of customer orientation and guarantee Austria a top position in international comparison.
Over the last few years, an active industrial and scientific community has developed particularly in the Additive Manufacturing sector that extends from material providers and system manufacturers and designers to end users. Austria is also one of the 15 best countries worldwide in the automation of factories.
The success comes from intensive R&D activities and collaboration with external partners: cooperation is a typical Austrian trait. In order to be one of the leading players in the future too, a lot of money is being invested in research and young talents. International company founders can rely on the good qualification of the employees with regard to technology.
Did you know...
The 2021 Wohlers Report confirms not only the resilience of the additive manufacturing industry during the COVID-19 crisis but also awards Austria 1st place worldwide in the number of manufacturers of AM systems per inhabitant. Despite it being a small economic area, Austria thus once again proves its huge potential for innovation in the area of future technologies.
...that Austria is the global no. 1 in the number of additive manufacturing manufacturers per inhabitant?
n Austria: 5 good reasons
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All facets of automation
Austria offers expertise in all areas that you need for smart production. From Big Data and Data Labelling to gateway software, robotics and 3D printing – the country's diversity is reflected in the specialisation in all areas of technology. Sensor technology, linear drives, value stream simulation, digital twins, 5G, intralogistics... we could keep going forever!
Austrian companies are right at the forefront when it comes to digitalisation of production. Industry 4.0 solutions modernise important industrial sectors such as the automotive, chemical and the pharmaceutical industries. Austria's companies supply energy-efficient and low-emission systems to improve productivity and product quality. In the process, intelligent production processes and innovative automation solutions are used, for instance, in solutions for networked machines, modern hydraulic technology or modular automation technology.
Superbly qualified staff
International customers of Austrian companies can rely on the good qualification of the employees with regard to technology: for instance, on graduates from technical institutes of tertiary education that collaborate with manufacturers in many fields. In addition, almost half of young people in Austria are trained in the "dual system": training that takes place in a company 80% of the time and is linked to a specialised vocational school. Young talents thus acquire in-depth training in technical areas such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or electronics.
Important stepping stone: funding
On the path to more innovation and competitive advantages, the research and development budget is a key factor. Austria is therefore on hand to assist you with tailor-made funding. At Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG), you will find numerous calls for tenders on various topics. The basic programme project provides assistance in smaller projects of experimental development (up to EUR 3 million). The aws growth investment (aws austria wirtschaftsservice) funds manufacturing companies in growth and innovation projects.
Research of global repute
At the very forefront in research: In Austria, numerous institutes are preparing the path for the industry of tomorrow. For instance, Fraunhofer Austria is an established and innovative partner for companies, from factory planning to visual computing. The Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) is Austria's largest research and technology organisation (RTO) and is a leading player worldwide when it comes to infrastructure topics. Joanneum Research develops solutions and technologies for business and industry in a broad range of sectors. The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) carries out basic research of the highest order internationally. Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a European centre for top-class research in the field of electronics-based systems.
Did you know...
The TU Vienna and Cubicure developed a high-tech replacement: The innovative material "Digory" comprises artificial resin and particles of calcium phosphate. It is hardened in a hot, liquid state and in the 3D printer with UV rays precisely in the desired shape. It is then polished and its colour adjusted so that a deceptively genuine-looking substitute for ivory is produced.
...that an elephant-friendly alternative to ivory was invented in Austria?
In addition to the good planability and the manageable burdens imposed upon companies, Austria’s functioning social partnership as a balancing force and the good cooperation with ÖKB Export Services comprise a unique selling proposition for the Austrian business location, says Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group. Christoph Gamer also considers the “Tyrolean stubbornness” to be an important and highly valued quality, above all in East and South Tyrol. This is particularly the case when it comes to mechanical engineering, innovation and inventiveness.
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Generally speaking, the similar mindset I previously talked about is one factor. We carry out extensive research and development work. We require creative minds and inventors, and we also need stubbornness. Geographical proximity was also another factor in our decision. Austria plays a key role for us.
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