Leading Industries

MOBILITY

The automotive sector has by now become a traditional Styrian strength, a fact manifested in the large number of employees and high export volume. In addition to this, there is significant technological expertise in the competence fields of rail systems and aerospace, with exceptional growth potential for manufacturing high-value niche products. Besides autonomous driving, lightweight construction, increasing electronics and IT in vehicles, eco-friendly innovations and smart production, advanced by digitisation also boost the technological development.

Styrian Mobility Cluster AC Styria: Including 290 members in three fields of competence, 50,000 employees and €15 billion in annual turnover, ACstyria integrates members of the Styrian mobility industry and strengthens Styria’s position as an internationally renowned region of research, development and production. With global players and technology leaders, renowned universities and research facilities, as well as competence centres in Automotive, Aerospace and Rail Systems, ACstyria ensures that Styria’s mobility industry keeps moving.

Styrian global leaders and major companies in this field: AVL List, Magna, Pankl Racing Systems, Projekt Spielberg, Voestalpine

GREEN TECH

Efficient and sustainable usage of natural resources has become increasingly important, and Styria is extremely competitive in the underlying technological fields. These areas exhibit a medium to long-term growth perspective through investments in technology development. Besides green energy and green resources, the emphasis is also on green building. The guiding theme of green tech also incorporates timber and its value chain as a renewable resource, which is especially important for Styria with its abundance of forests.

Green Tech Valley: The Styrian Green Tech Cluster is the global hotspot for innovative energy and environmental technologies. Located in Styria, Austria it is home to 200 companies and research institutions developing the green technologies of the future.

Styrian global leaders and major companies in this field: Andritz, BDI, Binder & Co, Christof Group, Elin, Komptech, Siemens

LIFE SCIENCES

Innovations related to health and food exhibit high growth and employment potential, not least due to demographic processes. Styria has positioned itself within the promising field of health technology / life sciences with three strategic corridors in engineering and biosciences. The objective for the foodstuffs industry is the bundling of Styrian competences in innovative food processing, food technology, quality and safety and food-specific services.

Styrian Health Tech Cluster: Human.technology Styria with over 110 economic and scientific members is positioned at the hub of an internationally oriented region of innovators and suppliers, covering the whole value chain of the life science industry.

Styrian global leaders and major companies in this field: Fresenius, Gerot Lannach, Neuroth, VTU, Zeta

MICROELECTRONICS

In the context of Europe’s microelectronics industry, Styria provides a highly sophisticated industrial profile, contributing significantly in attaining European goals in the field of microelectronic and nanoelectronic components and systems. Three integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) are based in Austria, two of which have local production capacities. The region additionally boasts a number of leading international equipment suppliers, strong niche players in the software and electronics sector, several small and medium-sized research centres and cluster organisations, as well as a good selection of specialised university departments. All of this is complemented by powerful user industries (especially in the automotive, aeronautic and rail sector), supporting the vertical integration of innovative microelectronic solutions in highly developed local value chains.

Microelectronics Cluster Silicon Alps: Silicon Alps is a technology and innovation cluster for electronic-based systems in the Southern Austrian provinces Styria and Carinthia. It consists of over 80 partners from industry and science. One cluster member Infinion is currently investing €1.6 billion Euros in a chip fabrication plant in Southern Austria, which is among the largest investments in Austria for the last few decades.

Global leaders and major companies in this field: ams AG, AT & S Austria, AVL LIST,  EPCOS, NXP Semiconductors Austria

MATERIALS

Styria has technological core competences in classic engineering disciplines that shape the regional economic profile and are main pillars of the industrial location. A traditionally strong field are materials technologies including the development and economic application of high-performance composite materials.

Styrian Materials Cluster: Over the last two decades Materials Center Leoben (MCL) has established itself as a renowned partner for the industry in materials and surface technology. MCL cooperates with more than 100 national and international partners from industry and science.

Styrian global leaders and major companies in this field: Böhler Edelstahl, Carbon Solutions, KBG, Secar Technologie, Stahl Judenburg

TIMBER

The Styrian forestry and timber has emerged as an important regional strength, still showing a great potential for growth. Currently the sector includes 5,300 enterprises, 55,000 jobs and a gross production value of 4 billion Euros.

Styrian Timber Cluster: Over the last decade timber has developed into a high-tech product, whose full performance is yet to reach. Diverse Styrian research projects – in paper and pulp industry, on the construction sector or in the field energy crops – reflect the fast and promising development of this natural raw material.

Styrian global leaders and major companies in this field:  Haslacher Norica Timber, KLH, Mayr Melnhof, Pabst, Weitzer Parkett

PLANT CONSTRUCTION

Styria has a profound competence in the area of machinery and plant engineering including the production and procedural technologies as well as associated engineering services. The construction of plants and systems (encompassing the planning, delivery, and assembly of turn-key production facilities, including the required know-how and operational expertise) is making up an increasingly important share. This field is strongly export-oriented.

Styrian global leaders and major companies in this field: Andritz AG, Inteco, Sandvik, Voest Alpine

LOGISTICS

The logistics sector has been firmly anchored in Styria for decades. Specialising in planning and implementing turnkey automated logistics systems, Styrian enterprises assume a leading global role, exporting all over the world. Levels of export have reached over 95 percent.

Styrian global leaders and major companies in this field: Cargo Center Graz, DB Schenker, KNAPP AG, SSI Schäfer

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Creative industries focus on fostering innovation, e.g. in the area of design and usability, with regard to the region’s technological core competences. Forming an innovative milieu, creative industries play an important role in location development.

Styrian Creative Cluster: Creative Industries Styria serves as a major link between creative industries and the traditional economy. It aims to improve the efficiency and performance in the market for both sides as a mutually beneficial network.

Global leaders and major companies in this field: Innocad, Josef Prödl Tischlerei, Lena Hoschek, Markus Pernthaler Architekten, Michael Pachleitner Group, Viteo, XAL