Mechatronics is considered to be one of the most important drivers of innovation, especially in optimizing products and processes. The Mechatronics Cluster Upper Austria alone encompasses 314 companies with 59,400 employees, generating revenue of more than EUR 12 billion. Mechatronics is also one of the most important business sectors in Lower Austria, accounting for 44,000 jobs in more than 1,700 companies.
Some 800 firms and institutions represented in the Cluster Mechatronics Tyrol have gained extensive international experience. The “International Mechatronics Forum“ consisting of business partners from Germany, Austria and Switzerland serves as a central exchange platform for application- oriented research and development in the field of mechatronics systems and components.
Regardless of whether it involves medical devices, tools, wood processing machines or the automotive sector, Austria has developed an outstanding knowhow in the production of custom and special purpose machinery.
One key reason is the intensive cooperation which has evolved between the scientific and business communities in the field of mechatronics. In Austria, students can get an engineering degree in mechatronics from many higher technical colleges (HTL). Courses of study in mechatronics are also offered at universities (Johannes Kepler University of Linz). Numerous Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs guarantee the availability of optimally trained specialized employees for mechatronics companies.
Cluster / Competence centres
Mechatronik-Cluster Oberösterreich → www.mechatronik-cluster.at
Cluster Mechatronik Tirol → www.standort-tirol.at
Linz Center of Mechatronics → www.lcm.at
V-Research Center for Tribotronics and Technical Logistics → www.v-research.at
Mechatronics Development Center of the Mahle Group → www.mahle.at
Materials Center Leoben → www.mcl.at
Material Center Tirol → www.transidee.ac.at/mct-material-center-tirol
Other institutions: → www.innovationszentren-austria.at