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Oerlikon: Acquittal for Stumpf, Vekselberg, Pecik

In the case of Oerlikon, the Swiss Federal Criminal Court acquitted investors Viktor Vekselberg, Georg Stumpf and Ronny Pecik from the charge of violating the Exchange Act in the case of OC Oerlikon.

September 24, 2010

Elsner Provides Help in Finding Missing Bawag Funds

Former BAWAG CEO wants to clarify the fate of 1.7 billion euro of failed investments allegedly made by the speculator Wolfgang Flöttl to the detriment of BAWAG.

September 24, 2010

A-Tec has Good Prospects on Shipping Company in Rijeka

The Croatian Competition Agency (ATZN) gives the Austrian A-Tec group under Mirko Kovats good chances in the bid for the privatization of the shipyard "3 Maj" in Rijeka.

September 24, 2010

Vienna Insurance Group - Pre-tax profit forecast of 10 percent expected for 2010 and 2011

During the meeting of the supervisory board of the Vienna Insurance Group AG, the managing board advised that the target increase in pre-tax profit of at least 10 percent for the current business year is to be attained as planned.

September 24, 2010

Lenzing places EUR 120 million corporate bond with mainly private investors

Lenzing AG, a world market leader in man-made cellulose fibers, placed a seven-year corporate bond with a coupon rate of 3.875 %.

September 24, 2010

C-Quadrat stake held by AvW to be sold by auction

The liquidator of AvW Gruppe AG has decided, that the 32.59% stake in C-Quadrat Investment AG (1.422.365 shares) will be sold by auction on October 13, 2010.

September 24, 2010

MTH Handels-Holding of Josef Taus permitted to acquire German retail chain Mäc-Geiz

The sale of the insolvent German retail trade chain Mäc-Geiz has been completed. Anti-trust authorities have approved the takeover of the German company by MTH Handels-Holding GmbH (Vienna) controlled by the Austrian industrialist Josef Taus.

September 23, 2010

Alpenmilch and Käsehof Under the Leadership of Christian Leeb

After the merger between Alpenmilch Salzburg and Käsehof in the summer of 2010, both companies are under common management: Alpenmilch CEO Christian Leeb has now been appointed by the General Assembly also as Käsehof CEO.

September 23, 2010

Austria Continues Being the Largest Investor in Romania

"Romania is an important market in Eastern Europe for the Austrian economy. Its great importance for us is proved by the fact that Austria is by far the largest investor in Romania"

September 23, 2010

HTI Subsidiary Gruber & Kaja Receives 45 Million Euro Contract

HTI technology group wins a new major contract worth a total of around 45 million euro to be executed in the term of eight years.

September 23, 2010

Böhler-Uddeholm Forge Operation Obtains 130 Million Euro From voestalpine

The stock exchange listed steel group voestalpine has invested 130 million euro in a new forge operation at Böhler Edelstahl, Kapfenberg.

September 23, 2010

Furniture Trade Grows by Feeble 1.6%

Austrian furniture retail-sales reported a growth of just 1.6% and therefore has showed growth for the sixth consecutive time. The low rate is due to products that are actually not furniture.

September 23, 2010

Magna International - Openings of New Plants in St. Petersburg Area

Magna International Inc., the world’s most diverse automotive supplier, announced today the opening of three facilities in the St. Petersburg, Russia, area.

September 23, 2010

Uniqa: Boss Klien Will Leave Mid-2011

The Supervisory Board of Uniqa has decided that CEO Konstantin Klien (59) will retire prematurely in mid 2011.

September 22, 2010

Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) Declined by 80%

Participation in companies and real estate are attractive, but Austrian firms are reluctant to make acquisitions in Eastern Europe.

September 22, 2010

Madoff Fund Report: Enormous Fees Without Any Value Added

After 9.5 years, 50,000 euro would have been eaten up by the "Primeo Select Fund" because of the high fees, is the opinion of an investors’ lawyer about the monies invested by Bank Austria with Bernie Madoff.

September 22, 2010

Liebherr Lienz Employees on Short Time

The refrigeration equipment manufacturer requests AMS for short-time working aid from mid-October to mid-April 2011. Liebherr had 80% of its workforce working short time already in 2009. At the Lienz site, a staff of 1,475 is currently employed.

September 22, 2010

Profumo Resigns: Bank Austria’s Parent Group UniCredit Under Pressure

The surprise departure of UniCredit CEO Alessandro Profumo is the talk of the town in the financial industry, also in Austria.

September 22, 2010

CEE Banking Sector Report: Still More Credit Losses in the East

The number of bad loans is expected to increase considerably in some Eastern European countries, a Raiffeisen-analysis shows.

September 21, 2010

Mitterlehner Meets Hendry: Development of Renewable Energies

The Finance Minister met with the British Energy Minister Charles Hendry for talks about the energy policy in the EU, the development of renewable energy sources and increasing the security of energy supply.

September 21, 2010

webfreeTV - Revocation of Listing at the Vienna Stock Exchange

webfreeTV.com, the multimedia service provider from Burgenland is being excluded from the Vienna Stock Exchange as of October 31 because of repeated violation of disclosure requirements.

September 21, 2010

Siemens Austria: Corruption Prosecution Expands Investigation

According to a media report, the prosecution has questioned two ex-managers of the group on suspicion of infidelity. They allegedly bribed business partners in South Eastern Europe.

September 21, 2010

Tirol Milch Votes for Takeover by Berglandmilch

The General Assembly resulted in 88.26% voting for the takeover by Berglandmilch of Upper Austria. The Berglandmilch cooperatives and the antitrust authority have to agree yet.

September 21, 2010

Zizala to spend EUR 15 million for plant development

Zizala Lichtsysteme GmbH, Wieselburg, Lower Austria invested some EUR 15 million in the development of its plant in Scheibbs, in a bid to raise its production capacity.

September 20, 2010

Wolford opened a production facility in Slovenia

The Bregenz based and stock exchange listed producer of lingerie and hosiery opened its plant in Murska Sobota, Slovenia.

September 20, 2010

Strabag acquires property und facility management service provider in the Czech Republic

The acquisition of 100% of ECM Facility a.s., Prague garantes the number 5 position in property & facility management in the the Czech Republic.

September 20, 2010

Martin Schlaff: Acquisition of Several Latvian Oil Transport Companies Planned

After four years of delay Schlaff is reported to be planning the takeover of several Latvian transport companies.

September 20, 2010

Austria's Management and Supervisory Boards’ Salaries on the Test Bench

The partly state-run OMV had the most expensive board of all Austrian corporations in 2009. In total, the oil company spent 10.2 million euro on its bosses, 23.4% more than the previous year.

September 20, 2010

A-Tec's Subsidiary AE & E: CFO Brandt Moves to Sulzer

AE & E’s CFO, Juergen Brandt, will be CFO of the Swiss industrial group Sulzer. Jürgen Boggild moves to the Board.

September 20, 2010

Swiss Post International is Not Interested in the Austrian Mail Business

According to its Austrian CEO, Georg Weidinger, the state-run Swiss Post is not one of the future competitors of the Post AG in the mail business,

September 20, 2010

Ferdinand Piëch: Fortune Transferred to Austrian Foundations

The 73-year-old Porsche co-owner and Volkswagen's supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Karl Piëch has bequested his fortune.

September 20, 2010

Liquefied Natural Gas: Plans for a Route from Georgia to Romania

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is to be shipped from the Georgian port of Kulevi in the direction of Constanta.

September 17, 2010

CESEE Bank Conference: Joint Supervisory Academy in Vienna

Finance Minister Josef Pröll wants to create common standards for the CEE region with an Eastern Bank Supervisory Academy in Vienna.

September 17, 2010

Hypo Alpe Adria: Greek Entrepreneur Xeniadis Signals his Interest in Buying

The Greek businessman Vasileios Xeniadis is prepared to offer 1.35 billion euro for Hypo Alpe Adria.

September 16, 2010

Direct Connection with Kabul - Afghan Kam Air Lands in Vienna

The private Afghan airline Kam Air started with the direct flights Kabul-Vienna-Kabul.

September 16, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Costly Investment at Friedrichshafen Airport

The financial disaster relative to the new Skylink terminal, which will cost nearly one billion euro instead of 400 million, is certainly the biggest problem the airport’s top management is facing - but not the only big one anymore.

September 16, 2010

OeNB: First-time Increase of Banks’ Total Assets Since End of 2008

By the end of June 2010 the unconsolidated total assets of the reporting banks in Austria amounted to 1037.98 billion euro.

September 16, 2010

Wine Exports: Prices Rose by 14%

Local winemakers were able to achieve an average price of 1.91 € per liter for exported wine. However, the total volume of wine exported declined.

September 16, 2010

Austrian Post Refurbishes its Board

ÖIAG boss Peter Michaelis gives green light for the refurbishment of the Post’s board. Meanwhile, rumors are growing that the changes will not only affect the parcels sector.

September 16, 2010

FMA publishes Q2 report on insurance industry

After getting off to a strong start in 2010, Austria's insurance industry has enjoyed a solid second quarter. Premium revenues grew in all balance sheet groups.

September 15, 2010

Volksbank Vorarlberg: High Losses in Switzerland

Commitment to financial advisor JML did not go as desired: losses up to 3.9 million euro

September 15, 2010

Investkredit and ÖVAG: As Of Now, They Have a Common Board

In addition to CEO Gerald Wenzel, Wolfgang Perdich, Martin Fuchsbauer and Michael Mendel are also members of the common board. The merger of both financial institutions is to take place in early 2011.

September 15, 2010

Telekom Austria Buys Two Bulgarian Cable Operators

Telekom Austria buys two cable operators in Bulgaria: Megalan Network and Spectrum Net. The two companies are worth 83 million euro free of debt; Telekom will pay about 72 million through Mobiltel.

September 15, 2010

Polytec Takes Off on the Stock Market. Huemer's Vision Blooms Again

The share of the auto supplier Polytec surprises the Vienna Stock Exchange with price jumps. "Who knows what is behind it," they say.

September 14, 2010

FMA and OeNB Welcome the Basel III Agreement

The package draws the right lessons from the financial crisis and provides for reasonable transition periods.

September 14, 2010

CEE Companies in a Turmoil

According to a study by Deloitte, last year Eastern Europe’s top 500 companies showed a clear decline in sales.

September 14, 2010

Asfinag Bond: The Motorway Operator Picked Up 1.3 Billion Euro

The local motorway operator Asfinag picked up 1.3 billion euro on the capital market.

September 14, 2010

Russian Fund Accuses RZB of Money Laundering

The Russian fund Hermitage Capital, which has been at loggerheads with the Russian authorities for years owing to a major tax fraud case, now accuses the Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) for having aided and abetted the money laundering.

September 14, 2010

Magna - Siegfried Wolf to leave in November

Magna International Inc. today announced that Siegfried Wolf, Magna's Co-Chief Executive Officer, has resigned as a director and officer effective November 15, 2010.

September 13, 2010

EVN building cogeneration plant in Plovdiv/Bulgaria

Today, Prime Minister Bokyo Borissov, Provincial Governor Erwin Pröll and EVN's CEO Burkhard Hofer oversaw the ceremony for the construction of a highly efficient cogeneration plant in the city of Plovdiv.

September 13, 2010