The automotive industry invests more in research and innovation – namely EUR 19,500 per employee – than the average of Austrian companies. The automotive sector is a leader in Austria with researchers comprising 13.7% of all its employees, more than double the industry average.
In addition to universities, which deliver a top performance on behalf of the automotive industry, more than 50 non-university research institutions serve as cooperation partners to companies. International teams of researchers develop innovative solutions and ensure decisive competitive advantages.
Research institutions and their focal points of automotive research
AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology: Integrated vehicle concepts, electrical drive
systems, lightweight construction, traffic infrastructure, co-modal transport systems
JOANNEUM RESEARCH: Smart technologies, automobile components, surface technology, traffic telematics, robotics
Carinthian Tech Research: Sensor technology, quality control, electronics,
engine development, electromobility
PCCL – Polymer Competence Center Leoben: Fiber composites, plastics technology, elastomer and surface chemistry
RISC – Research Institute for Symbolic Computation: Industrial software applications, virtual product design, simulation of production processes, control systems
RECENDT – Research Center for Non Destructive Testing: Infrared spectroscopy, optical coherence tomography, laser-ultrasound, nanoidentation