The multinational company Borealis is the largest plastics manufacturer in Austria and the second biggest in Europe. Since 2006 Austria has not only been the site of its corporate headquarters but also the research center of the globally operating company from the United Arab Emirates. Some 350 international employees of Borealis in the fields of research,product development, marketing and sales are working here to develop the materials of the future. 100 new employees from more than 30 countries focus on research and development, complementing the existing staff of 1,100 employees at the Borealis facility in Linz.
Henkel Central Eastern Europe (Henkel CEE) based in Vienna is one of the most important growth drivers for Henkel Group of Germany. Henkel CEE is responsible for coordinating business operations in 32 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, operating 20 production facilities and employing a work force of
The Vienna facility is being continually upgraded. Henkel now produces more than 200,000 tons of detergents and cleansers here, 75 percent of which is exported.
Recently, the Henkel CEE manufacturing plant in Vienna was upgraded following the closing of the Hungarian factory, with a large share of the production being
transferred to Vienna. In addition to its ideal geographical location, Henkel CEE's
headquarters in Austria has gained a reputation as a central business intermediary,according to Günter Thumser, President of Henkel CEE.
In 2007, Sabic Innovative Plastics acquired the business unit focusing on high value technical thermoplastics from the former company GE Lighting/Plastics Austria. The trading and production of twin wall polycarbonate panels is located in Austria. The plastics are used as automobile components, computer housing, telecommunications equipment and construction materials. The Saudi Arabian petrochemical group employs 6,300 people in Europe (40,000 worldwide).
Plastics from renewable raw materials: within the context of an innovative cooperation project between the German specialty chemical company Evonik and the University of Graz, components for high performance plastics are being developed. The polymer building blocks are generated from renewable raw materials on the basis of environmentally-compatible biocatalytic processes. The resulting polymers are subsequently used as plastics for wind power facilities, winter sport equipment or boats. Evonik has been active on the Austrian market since 1962 via its subsidiary Degussa.
Asota, owned by the English Chapelthorpe plc Group, ranks among the world's largest producers of staple fibres. In Austria, five production lines located in Linz manufacture up to 25,000 tonnes of staple fibres each year. The export quota is over 97 percent. The products are subsequently used for floor coverings, automobiles, technical applications, sun shades, sports surfaces and textiles.
For example, Asota supplies the polypropylene required for two large-scale projects in Austria, namely as concrete additives for the motorway tunnel Linz
Bindermichl as well as for the railway tunnel Brixlegg. In the case of fire, polypropylene fibres prevent the flaking off of the concrete.
The Norwegian Supor Group does business with intelligent air. The EPS pellets supplied by the chemical factory in Lower Austria to customers throughout Europe and abroad contain only two per cent hydrocarbons, with most of the rest being air. Approximately 160 Sunpor employees produce about 175,000 tons of EPS granulate per year, of which 90 percent isdesigned for export. 80 percent of the
raw material from St. Pölten is used for heat insulation, 20 percent for packaging and the remaining for specialty products, such as bicycle helmets.
Sunpor is making substantial investments in Austria. The company opened the most advanced European facility in Lower Austria in 2009.
Engel Group is one of the world's leading companies for injection moulding machines, offering all the technological modules required in the field of plastics machine construction, such as injection moulding machines, tools and automation equipment. More than half of the injection moulding machinery is destined for the automotive sector. The products manufactured by Engel machines range from interior linings to car bumpers. The "Water Injections Technology" developed by Engel is used by BMW, for example, to produce the world's first plastics oil measuring system. Furthermore, plastic products used in everyday life, from drills to refrigerators, are also usually manufactured on machinery supplied by Engel.