Chemicals Sector in Austria

An Expert's View about Chemicals in Austria

Posted on: 8 Sep 2010

The chemical industry – accounts for around 11% of total production value – ranking it among Austria’s leading industries.

Sector briefing Chemical Industry prospects in Austria Why Austria? The chemical industry ? accounts for around 11% of total production value ? ranking it among Austria?s leading industries. Approximately 3000 chemical companies are active in Austria, employing about 43,300 people. Two thirds of the total output is exported. The plastics cluster in Austria and its cross- border activities in the new European Union member countries facilitate most favourable growth conditions in the sector. Due to Austria?s central location and the enlargement of the European Union, a number of foreign owned chemical companies coordinate their Central and Eastern European activities from Austria. Investing in the chemical industry in Austria does not only mean taking advantage of an attractive business environment but also the proximity to ?The Chemical industry ranks the growth market of Eastern Europe. among Austria?s leading industries, accounting for around Find general information on Austria market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing 11 percent of industrial Business Guide for Austria gives an overview of production? Austria?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ??. opportunities in Austria a platform for evaluating all macromolecular Opportunities substances, which are incorporated into medical technological, agricultural, and Austria?s chemical industry is characterised by packaging applications and used by the presence of three different types of companies. players, SMEs, Austrian medium and large companies and foreign owned companies. The plastics sector is the largest and offers Overview of Chemical Industry Production various opportunities in the industry. The sector was negatively affected by the cyclical economic downturn. However, the 1. Plastics 26.3% market has already stabilised with order intake once again 2. Pharmaceuticals 13.7% increasing since the middle of 2009, in line 3. Plastics for manufacture 13.2% with the international trend in the branch. Due 4. Chemicals 12.2% to Austria?s, cross-border activities in the new 5. Agricultural chemicals 4.7% European Un 6. Man-made Fibres 4.6% ion member countries, the sector 7. Rubber 4.3% facilitates most favourable growth conditions. 8. Coating materials, printing 3.4% Opportuni ink and putty ties exist in innovative processes, 9. Detergents, cosmetics 2.6% applications and manufacturing devices. The 10. Industrial gases 1.2% areas of particular strength are the plastics and packaging industries. Innovations which assist Source: trade. The Association of the Austrian in the recyclability of products are of great Chemical Industry (FCIO) interest. Numerous research institutions in Austria carry UK/European Chemical companies in out business-oriented research projects for the Austria chemicals/plastics industry. UK companies can take advantage of this development. Some of The following international companies the leading research organisations include: coordinate their Central European business network from Austria. Leoben Plastics Cluster which consists of Seven research institutions and eight Austrian In 2006, Borealis relocated its Group plastics manufacturers that aim to use headquarters to Linz, Austria. Formerly a nanotechnology in order to optimise plastics for Danish company, Borealis has become specialised applications. Austria?s largest plastics manufacturer. It The Polymer Competence Center Leoben operates a production facility in Schwechat, GmbH (PCCL), a project being implemented Vienna and at the end of 2009, Borealis within the framework of the Austrian?s opened its worldwide research centre in Linz. government. It pools together the expertise of Austria is also home to Borealis? headquarters 10 research institutes and 40 companies. The for Central and Eastern Europe. In 2009 Focus is on fire-retardant polymers, fibre- Borealis was ranked as second Polyolefin reinforced composites for the aviation industry, Producer in Europe after LyondellBasell. undercoated and varnished metal strips for the automobile industry, innovative plastics Henkel Central Eastern Europe (Henkel processing technologies or plastics for CEE), based in Vienna, the company is sustainable technologies. responsible for coordinating business operations in 32 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. It operates 20 production Experimental Laboratory for Plastics and facilities and employs a workforce of 10,000 Environmental Technology (TGM) carries people. In addition to its ideal geographical out a number of research projects in the field location, Henkel CEE?s headquarters in Austria of plastic technologies. In addition to the has gained a reputation as a central business School of Materials Science, TGM also owns intermediary. some Experimental Laboratory and Testing Station for Plastics and Environmental Asota, owned by the British Chapelthorpe plc Technology. This offers the Industrial partners Group, ranks among the world?s largest UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ??. opportunities in Austria producers of staple fibres. In Austria, five Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK production lines located in Linz manufacture up companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. to 25,000 tonnes of staple fibres each year. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas The export quota is over 97 per cent. in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 The Norwegian Supor Group does business markets. with intelligent air. The chemical factory in St. Pölten has approximately 160 employees and You can be alerted to Austria/Chemical produce about 175,000 tons of EPS granulate opportunities on a regular basis by registering per year, of which 90 percent is designed for on the UKTI website. More on UKTI?s business export. 80 percent of the raw material from St. opportunities service Pölten is used for heat insulation, the remaining 20 percent for packaging and specialty products, such as bicycle helmets. Major events and activities Sunpor is making substantial investments in Austria. The company opened the most advanced European facility in St. Pölten in Vienna-Tec 2009. Equipment trade show. Contact: British Embassy Vienna Engel Group is one of the world?s leading companies for injection moulding machines, Time: October 2010 offering all the technological modules required in the field of plastics machine construction, such as injection moulding machines, tools and UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) automation equipment. More than half of the provides grant support for eligible Small & injection moulding machinery is destined for the automotive sector. Plastic products used in Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend everyday life, from drills to refrigerators, are trade shows overseas. Find out more about also usually manufactured on machinery UKTI support for attendance at overseas supplied by Engel. Two-thirds of all Engel events machines are exported to the EU, a quarter to the USA and 10 per cent to Asian markets. UKTI contacts Miles Fisher The ten largest companies of the Austrian Senior Trade Attache chemical industry by net turnover in EURO British Embassy Vienna millions (2008) Jauresgasse 12 A 1030 Vienna 1. Henkel Central Eastern Europe 2.499 Tel: 0043 (0) 1 71613 6243 GmbH (Henkel CEE) Email: miles 2. Lenzing AG 1.329 3. Treibacher Industrie AG 521 4. DSM Fine Chemicals Austria Nfg. 350 GmbH & Co KG 5. Treibacher Schleifmittel AG 319 6. Jungbunzlauer Austria AG 290 7. Chemson Polymer-Additive AG 275 8. Tiger Coatings GmbH und Co. KG 170 9. Hexcel Group Austria 154 10. Dynea Austria GmbH 153 Source: trend. The Austrian economic magazine. goldener trend 2009 If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI Austria Chemical industry contacts named in this report. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ??. opportunities in Austria Next steps - How UKTI can help British companies wishing to develop their business in the Austrian market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Austria, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in the Austrian market. This can include: ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the Austrian market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Austrian market This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. To find out more about commissioning this work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website to find contact details for your local UKTI office. Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ??. opportunities in Austria
Posted: 08 September 2010

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