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Electromobility Offers Austria Huge Potential

Electromobility offers Austria a huge potential, a study commissioned by Klima und Energiefonds (KliEn) indicates. According to the study, by 2030 Austria’s automotive industry could gain EUR 3.1 billion in added value and 33,900 new jobs, thanks to the expansion of emobility.

August 22, 2016

Indian Ministry of Railways Discusses India-Austria Railway Cooperations

The Indian Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu paid a visit to Austria. In an event organized by the Chamber of Commerce H.E. Mr. Prabhu met with CEOs and Austrian Railway Companies to discuss possible further India-Austria cooperations in the field of railways technology.

July 21, 2016

Best Gaming Technology Acquired by Rival Playtech

Vienna-based maker of software for self-service betting terminals Best Gaming Technology (BGT) has been acquired by UK gambling software group Playtech for €138m. Playtech holds the option to purchase the remaining shares for up to €55m from Armin Sageder, the company’s founder and chief executive.

July 14, 2016

Novomatic Takeover of Australian Rival Delayed

The planned investment of the Lower-Austrian gambling group Novomatic in the Australian rival Ainsworth Game Technology has been delayed. Ainsworth will postpone general assembly scheduled for June 3 by up to 30 days. It is at the meeting that shareholders are supposed to approve the deal.

May 25, 2016

Franz Wolfahrt Stands in Civil-Law Trial Concerning Disputed Payments

In the civil-law trial concerning disputed payments to lobbyists Walter Meischberger and Peter Hochegger, former CEO of gambling company Novomatic, Franz Wolfahrt, once again confirmed that such payments were made in connection with the targeted loosening of gambling law in 2006, although he stressed that adequate services were provided in return.

May 24, 2016

Novomatic Awaits Approval of Australian Rival for Planned Takeover

Gambling group Novomatic is yet awaiting the approval of Australian rival Ainsworth GM for the planned takeover of 52.5 percent stake. The meeting is scheduled for June 3. At least 50 percent of minority shareholders of Ainsworth need to agree to the proposed deal assuming the price AUD 2.75 per share and a total value of AUD 500 million (EUR 323 million). The management previously expressed its support for the takeover, but analysts and minority shareholders were critical.

May 13, 2016

AT&S Electronics Reports Mixed Results Because of New Plant in Chongqing

The listed Styrian circuit board producer AT&S has reported mixed results for the financial year 2015/16 due to the launch of its new plant in Chongqing. Sales increased by 14.4 percent to EUR 762.9 million. At the same time EBIT slumped 14.6 percent to EUR 77 million - AT&S announced. Group result decreased from EUR 69.3 million to EUR 56 million (USD 63.8 million).

May 10, 2016

Voestalpine Acquires Specialty Steel Firms in Shanghai and Barcelona

Voestalpine steel buys two specialty steel firms. With the purchase of Advanced Tooling Tek (ATT) in Shanghai, China, and the Sermetal Group in Barcelona, Spain, Voestalpine is enhancing its position as a producer of special steels. Both companies are specialized in the processing and sale of special steel products for tool and mold-making, a segment whose main customers are the automotive and electronics industries. Together ATT and the Sermetal Group have around 160 employees and generated a total revenue of around EUR 43 million in 2015.

April 7, 2016

Siemens Austria Builds World's Largest Metro Project in Saudi Arabia

The Austrian unit of Siemens announced in Vienna Simmering at the rollout of the first vehicle that a "a very, very big order” has been secured. With six lines and a total route length of 175 kilometers, the capital of Saudi Arabia Riyadh is planning the world's largest subway project. Siemens is to supply the entire turnkey system for two driverless metro lines.

February 24, 2016

Andritz Subsidiary Schuler Lands Large-Scale Contract in China

Schuler AG has received a further major order from FAW Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd. The Chinese company ordered press line with ServoDirect Technology and a servo tryout press for its Qingdao facility. With a total force of 81,000 kilonewtons, the servo press line will be mainly used to produce car body parts, such as hoods or doors. The order value is in the middle double-digit-million-euro range.

November 30, 2015