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The Westbahn Complains Because of ÖBB-Subsidies

In December, the new “Westbahn” (Western Railway) will start competing with the ÖBB (Austrian state railways) which are allegedly being privileged by the government.

February 3, 2011

Siemens Austria Receives an Order for Poland

The Austrian subsidiary of the German technology group will supply 35 trains worth € 272m of the new Metro-generation "Inspiro" to Poland.

February 3, 2011

Consumption Expenditure of Foreign Tourists Grows

Russian and Chinese tourists are proving to be particularly generous consumers in Austria. Overall sales rose by 23% in 2010.

February 3, 2011

Skylink: Judicial Investigations are Presently being Conducted

The final report of the Audit Court on the Vienna International Airport Skylink project has been submitted. Criticism is devastating. Criminal investigations are starting.

February 1, 2011

Increase in Passengers at Austrian Airports

Every of the six Austrian Airports could record substantial growth in passengers in 2010. Their number rose by 7.9%.

January 31, 2011

bwin: Uncertain Future in Austria

After the approval by the shareholders of the merger with the British PartyGaming, the task division is still to be determined.

January 29, 2011

GM Powertrain-Austria Celebrates its 20 Millionth Transmission

The Austrian General Motors subsidiary also invested € 50m in the five-speed transmission production in 2010.

January 28, 2011

Sanochemia Stays in the Red

Despite improvements in its financial data, the Austrian pharmaceutical company Sanochemia does not succeed in eliminating its losses

January 28, 2011

Still Losses at update software AG

update software AG, an Austrian provider of CRM solutions listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has released its preliminary results for 2010.

January 28, 2011

Booming Tourism in Vienna

In 2010, guest-nights grew by 10.3% in Vienna. This is a new record since 1989.

January 25, 2011

Viennese Economic Chamber Demands Tax Relief for SMEs

The President of the Viennese Economic Chamber, Brigitte Jank, presents a three-stage relief model for small and medium-sized enterprises.

January 20, 2011

Vienna International Airport: +8.7% Passengers During 2010

The strongest increase has been recorded in passenger traffic to Eastern Europe and to the Middle East. For 2011, the company expects a 5.0% increase.

January 20, 2011

Satisfaction at CEE Stock Exchange Group

The CEE Stock Exchange Group (CEESEG) looks back at a “busy and successful year 2010”.

January 5, 2011

Real Estate Prices Rose in Vienna in 2010

Real estate prices rose in Vienna, according to the portal FindMyHome.at by almost 3%; rental prices slightly over 1%.

January 3, 2011

NXP Sells Sound Solutions Business

The major electronic company NXP moves to the Styrian Gratkorn. The former Philips-subsidiary has sold its division for speakers located in Vienna, Austria.

December 26, 2010

Slight fall in profits at Wien Energie

The municipal energy supplier achieved in the last fiscal year mostly stable results. Sales remained virtually unchanged.

December 24, 2010

Ottakringer expands range of products

The Austrian beverage company performed four significant acquisitions, causing Ottakringer to be also represented in the CEE region.

December 16, 2010

Changes on the Management Board of Vienna International Airport

After several weeks of controversial discussions, the Supervisory Board announced Christoph Herbst as new CEO. He will succeed Herbert Kaufmann.

December 16, 2010

Intercell Raises Authorized Capital

The Management Board of the Austrian biotechnology company is authorized to increase the share capital up to a nominal amount of € 855,000.00.

December 16, 2010

SIS to be Sold to Atos Origin

The French Atos Origin Acquired Siemens IT Solutions and Services, both companies expect synergy effects. Drastic job cuts in Vienna are feared.

December 15, 2010

Skylink: Resignation of Executive Board or Supervisory Board

The Vienna Airport Skylink debacle is becoming a political issue. Staffing decisions have been made.

December 14, 2010

Serious setback for Intercell

The Vienna vaccine manufacturers has to terminate a research project unexpectedly at a late stage. Heavy losses are expected for this year.

December 14, 2010

Conwert Appoints Volker Riebel as New CEO

Chairman of the Administrative Board, Johannes Meran: “With Mr. Riebel, we won an internationally recognised real estate professional as CEO.”

December 9, 2010

Economic Chamber in Tokyo: Biotechnology as an Opportunity

The President of the Vienna Economic Chamber, Brigitte Jank, sees above all great opportunities for Austria in Japanese biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

December 6, 2010

U.S. Sees Money Laundering Activities at Austrian Banks

Wikileaks has published notes of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. There were allegedly money exchanges between Austrian banks and criminals.

December 2, 2010

Austria's Position in the CEE Region Shakes

According to the Roland Berger consultancy agency, Austria receives not only competition in the CEE countries, but the importance of the region also decreases from a global viewpoint.

December 1, 2010

Globalization Study: Vienna Among Top 20 Cities

New York remains at the top of the ranking of the "Global City Index 2010" by A.T. Kearney. Vienna stays unchanged at 18th place.

November 30, 2010

Siemens Opens Multimedia Center in Vienna

Vienna gets new headquarters. Siemens inaugurates a "World Competence Center" for multimedia with its own research areas.

November 25, 2010

Audit Court: Capital Increase for Vienna Airport

The Audit Court criticizes the Board again and advises a capital increase. The personal consequences may be tougher than expected yet.

November 24, 2010

Wiener Privatbank SE Announces Q1-Q3 2010 Results

Wiener Privatbank records slightly decreasing results

November 24, 2010

Conwert Announces Q1-Q3 2010 Results

The Vienna-based real estate company records a good business development and a significant increase in earnings.

November 24, 2010

Wiener Stadtwerke Inaugurates New Headquarters

The largest Viennese infrastructure company concentrates its activities at the new headquarters and also sets a mark for urban development.

November 24, 2010

It is Official: Coalition Between SPÖ and Greens in Vienna

Vassilakou becomes Deputy Mayor under Häupl. The program aims to have a recognizable green handwriting.

November 12, 2010

Vienna: Negotiations Between the SPÖ and the Greens Almost Concluded

The last major points are budget issues. Both sides are however optimistic of reaching an agreement.

November 5, 2010

Difficulties in the Vienna Real Estate Market

While there is a strong demand, there are few offers for investment properties in Vienna. The market turnover drops dramatically.

November 4, 2010

Vienna: SPÖ negotiates with the Greens

There is no fixed coalition commitment as yet. However, all signs point to a red-green coalition in the federal capital.

October 22, 2010

Tourism in Vienna is Booming Like Never Before

All hotel categories are benefiting from strong growth in bookings. August and September were record months.

October 20, 2010

Real Estate Market for Logistics Objects is Booming

In the vicinity of the Airport Vienna, a new logistics cluster arises.

October 19, 2010

Vienna now has its own Expat Center

In Vienna, the first Expat Center in Austria was opened. The project was handled by the Vienna Business Agency (former WWFF).

September 30, 2010