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Meinl Bank Sues Atrium for € 1.2 billion

After Atrium instituted proceedings for damages against Meinl Bank before the High Court of Justice in London, Meinl Bank responded with a countersuit.

November 23, 2010

F-Star Acquired Major Order

The Vienna-located f-star and Boehringer Ingelheim to collaborate in discovery and development of therapeutic antibodies.

November 23, 2010

Siemens Austria: New Orders from Bangkok

The Thai BTSC has placed an order at Siemens for 35 additional intermediate cars for the city rail system. Works in Bangkok start in 2012..

November 22, 2010

Solid Growth inTrade Between Austria and the Czech Republic

Exports between the two countries rise by around 20%. Cooperation is to be extended also to research.

November 22, 2010

OMV Plans to Expand Further in Turkey

The Austrian oil and gas group is still assessing the best form of financing Petrol Ofisi. Further projects in Turkey are being evaluated.

November 22, 2010

Little Progress for Southstream

The Russian energy group Gazprom has difficulties with the Southstream pipeline project. The optimal path has to be found first.

November 18, 2010

Magna: Fight for Pininfarina Car Designer

Magna is interested in buying the renowned car body manufacturer and designer Pininfarina, but Indians and Chinese also have purchase intentions.

November 18, 2010

Study: Agricultural Subsidies Produce No Growth

The Austrian Institute of Economic Research has determined that growth in the Austrian regions is accelerated by EU regional promotional financing, but not by agricultural subsidies.

November 18, 2010

Roche Lays Off 400 Jobs in Styria

The Swiss pharmaceutical group reduces its international workforce by 6%: a setback for the region.

November 18, 2010

Industry Welcomes EU Energy Infrastructure Package

Secretary General of the Federation of Austrian Industrialists, Markus Beyrer: the package is also important to achieve energy and climate objectives.

November 17, 2010

OeNB Governor Nowotny "During the Crisis, the Euro Acted as a Protection Shield Beyond the Euro Area"

The Governor of the Austrian National Bank, Ewald Nowotny warns to fiscal discipline and talks about economic challenges and opportunities in Europe.

November 15, 2010

Erste Group: Job Reduction in Hungary

The Austrian bank plans to cut 250 jobs in Hungary. Reasons are the bad loans and the introduction of the bank tax.

November 11, 2010

UniCredit CEO Ghizzoni: Counting on eastern growth

The eastern business should be expanded, says Ghizzoni, CEO of the parent company of Bank Austria.

November 10, 2010

Verbund: Further Expansion in Turkey

The power company intends to increase its presence in the rapidly growing Turkish market. But above all, investments will be made in Austria.

November 10, 2010

Kapsch CarrierCom Gets Major Contract for GSM-R Project in Spain

Kapsch was commissioned by the Spanish railway authority Adif with the implementation of a GSM-R network.

November 9, 2010

Strabag Intensifies Russian Business

Deripaska´s Rasperia repurchases 17 percent of STRABAG. In addition, Strabag acquires a 26 % stake in Russian construction company and signs a € 350 million contract.

November 8, 2010

Kapsch TrafficCom Acquires Mark IV IVHS

Mark IV IVHS is the largest supplier of electronic toll collection (ETC) equipment in North America. Kapsch pays USD 70 million.

November 6, 2010

Magna: Significant Increase in Sales and Earnings

Magna International Inc. today reported financial results for nine months ended September 30, 2010.

November 5, 2010

Strabag: Time is Running Out for Deripaska

The re-entry of Deripaska into the largest Austrian construction group is to be fixed still this weekend. His comeback has been expected for several weeks.

November 5, 2010

Competition for Hungarian ÖBB Subsidiary

Rail Cargo Hungaria (RCH) is still fighting for restructuring success. Meanwhile, a new competitor has appeared in the freight business.

November 5, 2010

Manufacturing and Export Trade are Growth Driving Forces

Austria's export sector and the manufacturing industry will benefit in particular from the strong economy situation in Germany. The labor market continues being animated, particularly manufacturing industry-related areas.

November 5, 2010

Working Time Flexibility Prevented Mass Unemployment

During the crisis, many German and Austrian companies flexibilized the working hours of their employees. These measures helped to ease the labor market situation.

November 4, 2010

Strabag and Alpine Suspected of Cartelization

Damages for 2 billion euro (2.8 billion dollars) are said to be the result of forming a construction cartel for motorway construction in Slovenia.

November 3, 2010

AUA: Deficits Must Go

Austrian Airlines, bought in 2009 by German Lufthansa, are now working with profit at operational level. But restructuring of long haul routes is proving to be particularly difficult.

November 3, 2010

Raiffeisen Participates in Bid for Polbank

Raiffeisen International Bank (RBI) tries to get into the act concerning the sale of Polbank. The eighth largest bank in Poland is currently owned by EFG Euro Bank, which is offering its Polish interest for sale.

November 3, 2010

Contract for Kapsch TrafficCom in Poland

The consortium led by Kapsch came out as the best bidder for the implementation of a toll system on Polish motorways. The contract has been signed now.

November 3, 2010

Hypo-Group Changes Board of Austrian Subsidiary

Hypo Alpe Adria makes new appointments to the Executive Board of the Austrian banking subsidiary Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank AG.

November 2, 2010

Andritz Acquires RITZ Pumpenfabrik, Germany

International technology Group ANDRITZ has signed a contract to acquire the German company RITZ

November 2, 2010

A-Tec: Banks Working on Counter-Proposal

After the fruitless negotiations, the banks plan to draw up a counterproposal. In addition, a British investor is showing interest in joining.

October 30, 2010

New Retail Project in Constanta for Immofinanz

A new center located in Constanta, Romania, offering international tenants business opportunities in 130 retail units, will be opened in 2011.

October 30, 2010

RHI: New Boss Wants to Double Profits by 2015

RHI pursues ambitious growth plans. Higher sales and profits are to be generated mainly through expansion in emerging markets.

October 29, 2010

Hungarian Railway Workers Strike Against Rail Cargo

Due to employee layoffs at Rail Cargo Hungaria, the employees threaten to go on strike. Rail Cargo suffers losses both in Austria and in Hungary

October 27, 2010

Financing of OMV-Deal in Turkey Still Open

OMV leaves the financial markets still in the dark as to how it will cope with the acquisition.

October 25, 2010

Deripaska Again at Strabag

After Deripaska’s decision, and successful talks with Strabag boss Haselsteiner, the Russian oligarch is a partner in the construction group again.

October 25, 2010

Large Power Plant in Turkey: Verbund concludes Joint Venture

With an investment volume of 550 million euro, the Verbund operates together with its Turkish partner Sabanci Holding, a gas-steam power plant.

October 25, 2010

OMV: Complete Takeover of Petrol Ofisi Fixed

The deal is finished. Turkey will be the third main market for the OMV group.

October 22, 2010

KTM is Back Again

With a surprisingly positive quarterly result, the motorcycle manufacturer KTM shows its old strength. All expectations have been exceeded.

October 22, 2010

Switzerland: Pecik and Stumpf Ransom Themselves

While the two investors paid a fine for the case Sulzer, the case Oerlikon is still not finished.

October 21, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Business With Low-Cost Carriers booms.

A significant portion of Vienna International Airport’s sales are achieved with low-cost airlines. The airport's boss wishes a more extensive partnership with the Bratislava location.

October 21, 2010

OMV Plans Complete Takeover of Petrol Ofisi

OMV and Doğan Holding are in detailed negotiations regarding an acquisition of Dogan Holding’s stake in Petrol Ofisi by OMV

October 20, 2010

The Next Acquisition: STRABAG Buys Gaul-Group

The German Gaul-group, a regional market leader for construction materials, has been bought by STRABAG for strategic reasons.

October 20, 2010

Booming Tourism: Aeroflot Pressure on Austria's Airports

New routes of Aeroflot subsidiaries to Austria are created due to the growing flow of Russian guests.

October 20, 2010

bwin Notifies Merger with PartyGaming to Competition Authority

Transfer to the London Stock Exchange is bad news for the Viennese financial center. The merger will create the world's biggest betting provider.

October 20, 2010

AUA: Licenses in Russia Expire

Austrian Airlines are worried about the landing and overflying rights in Russia. If there is no extension, there is a threat of higher costs.

October 20, 2010

Wienerberger Signs Agreement to Acquire Steinzeug Abwassersysteme

Planned acquisition of worldwide market leader and Europe’s largest producer of clay pipe systems

October 20, 2010

Austrian Airlines Loses Swiss Destination

As the St. Gallen-Altenrhein airport in eastern Switzerland will operate its own airline, AUA will no longer fly to this airport

October 19, 2010

Verbund´s Subsidiary Sorgenia Achieved Higher Profits

Net income climbed during the first three quarters to 57.6 million euros

October 19, 2010

Tax Evaders Targeted by the Ministers of Finance

Budget problems plague the majority of EU countries. In addition to budget discipline, the prosecution of tax evaders is to be addressed.

October 18, 2010

Do & Co Expands Rapidly in Turkey

After the successful expanion with Turkish Airlines, Do & Co plans to enter the event-catering market

October 18, 2010

Hypo-Group: Bavarian Lawsuit Against Carinthia

The balance sheet of the Hypo Group -nationalized in 2009- was artificially inflated, according to the accusation from Bavaria.

October 18, 2010
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