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Russia

Palfinger Closes Acquisition of Russian Inman

The Austrian crane producer completed the takeover of its Russian competitor. The deal is regarded as an important step in the company’s growth strategy in the CIS area.

August 26, 2011

Sberbank Reduces Offer for VBI after Drop of Share Prices

Sberbank wants to pay less for the purchase of Volksbank International after European bank shares have dropped more than 20%. Executives are going to meet on 28 August to negotiate the deal.

August 26, 2011

VBAG: Reduced Consolidated Net Income in First Half of Year

The Austrian bank recorded net income of € 1m. The result was negatively impacted by write-downs of Greek bonds.

August 25, 2011

Major Order from Russia for C.A.T. oil

The Lower-Austrian provider of oil and gas field services received new orders worth € 70m in Russia. The order book volume grew to € 239m.

August 19, 2011

FACC to Build Construction Plant in Russia

The Upper Austrian aircraft component manufacturer and its Russian partner invest a total of € 55m in Kazan. The new plant will supply components for commercial aircraft starting from 2013.

August 18, 2011

Martin Schwedler Appointed CEO of Raiffeisen Investment in Moscow

The previous board member of RIAG will focus on expanding the Austrian bank’s presence in Russia’s growing M&A and ECM business.

August 1, 2011

Immofinanz Generated New Funds in Russia

The Austrian real estate company reached an agreement on the refinancing of its logistics center in St. Petersburg. The new funds will be invested in further projects in Russia.

July 21, 2011

New Attempt for Oil Pipeline Bratislava – Schwechat

New impetus for the Austro-Slovak infrastructure project: The pipeline would link OMV to the Russian network.

July 20, 2011

VBAG and Sberbank Agree on Sale of VBI

After several months of negotiations the two banks have agreed on the main conditions of the sale of Volksbank International. The deal will be closed by the end of this year.

July 15, 2011

Volksbanken Group Speeds Up Sale of VBI

In the face of the looming negative result of the stress test, the Austrian bank is trying to conclude negotiations with Russian Sberbank.

July 13, 2011

Palfinger Takes Over Russian Inman

The Austrian crane manufacturer acquires its leading Russian competitor. Inman will generate revenue of € 20m this year.

July 11, 2011

OTP Bank Shows Interest in Volksbank International

The Austrian Volksbanken AG found a second potential buyer for its Eastern European subsidiary. The Hungarian OTP bank wants to expand into the markets where VBI has a presence.

July 7, 2011

Austrian Companies to Participate in Russian Research Center

The planned technology park will be home to up to 40,000 researchers. Twenty Austrian companies have expressed interest in participating in the project.

July 5, 2011

Sale of VBI to Be Signed in July

The Austrian Volksbanken Group and Sberbank have come close to an agreement on the sale of the Eastern European bank. The transaction price will be € 700m.

July 5, 2011

Kapsch TrafficCom Makes Important Step in Russia

A joint venture of the Austrian technology group has made it to the final stage of a tendering process for a Russian highway project.

July 1, 2011

Volksbanken Group to Sell Stake in RZB

Österreichische Volksbanken-AG Group (VBAG) will sell its shares in Raiffeisen Zentralbank for almost € 500m. The redemption of state capital and the sale of VBI have been delayed.

June 28, 2011

EU Commission Blocks OMV’s Deal with Gazprom

The Austrian oil and gas company does not get its desired Russian partner as the EU Commission has rejected a share transaction between the two companies.

June 20, 2011

Emerging Markets Boosting FACC

The Austrian aircraft component manufacturer relies on joint ventures in order to benefit from strong growth in emerging markets.

June 20, 2011

Raiffeisen Expanding Its M&A Business in Russia

The Austrian bank group is planning a joint venture between RBI and RIAG in order to put the investment banking in Moscow on a new footing.

June 16, 2011

Shopping Tourism: Asian Visitors Spending Heavily

Russia remains the top shopping nation while Asian tourists' spending is increasing significantly.

June 14, 2011

Immofinanz Considering Listing in Warsaw

The Austrian real estate group would be interested in a listing if red tape were reduced. It is currently looking for acquisition opportunities in Poland and Russia.

June 7, 2011

Sberbank Targeting RBI

The Russian bank intends to expand its business to Kazakhstan and the Baltic countries. Both companies denied speculations about a potential capital injection.

May 30, 2011

OeKB Facilitates Austro-Russian Projects

A recently signed agreement will increase the cooperation between OeKB and Russian Vnesheconombank.

May 27, 2011

Alpine Lands Pipeline Project in Czech Republic

The Austrian construction company is going to build 105.8 km of a new gas pipeline. The contract value is € 76.7m.

May 26, 2011

Novomatic Returns to Russia

The Austrian gaming machine manufacturer intends to cooperate with a Russian casino operator after it had to pull out of the country in 2009.

May 23, 2011

Austrian Companies Are Looking for Opportunities in Russia

A delegation of 140 people pursues contacts with potential partners during the state visit of President Fischer. The country’s economy is predicted to grow by 4% in 2011.

May 19, 2011

Major Contract for FMW

The Austrian industrial plant manufacturer wins a contract worth € 80m with one of Russia’s leading mining and metallurgical companies. Revenue already doubled to € 65m last year.

May 16, 2011

Immofinanz Closes Acquisition in Moscow

The Austrian real estate group takes over 100% of the GoodZone.

May 11, 2011

Immofinanz Strives for Presence in Russia

The Austrian real estate group plans to expand its activities further through the purchase of shopping centers in Moscow.

May 3, 2011

Tondach Gleinstätten is Awarded Exclusive Contract in Russia

Tondach Gleinstätten AG is awarded the contract for the supply of roofing materials for the Olympic project "Sochi 2014”

May 3, 2011

Eastern Europe as Growing Market for Austrian Wine Exports

Around 80% of the Austrian wine exports are going to Germany. However, growth rates in Russia and Poland are surprisingly high.

April 23, 2011

Russia is a New Promising Market for Kapsch

The Austrian technology group has reaped its first contract in Russia. The market has great potential, according to sources from Kapsch.

April 12, 2011

Mitterlehner: New Modernization Partnership Concluded with Russia

Minister of Economy: Investment opportunities for companies boost exports to Russia: innovations and new technologies as growth drivers.

April 1, 2011

VIG Leaves Russia

The Austrian Vienna Insurance Group accepts the offer to sell its Russian insurance participations.

March 31, 2011

RLB Upper Austria Intends to Grow in Russia

The regional bank Raiffeisenlandesbank Upper Austria (RLB) purchased a 2.95% share in the South Russian Krayinvestbank in Krasnodar.

March 14, 2011

FACC is Considering Going Public in Asia

The Austrian aircraft component manufacturer could soon be listed on the stock exchange in China.

March 11, 2011

Tourism: Trend for High-Price Segment Continues

Austria's tourism industry shows itself satisfied with the current winter season. Guests come increasingly from Eastern Europe.

March 3, 2011

VBI: Purchase by Sberbank is Looming

The sale of the Eastern European holding company of the Austrian ÖVAG is taking shape. Even Chinese investors are interested.

February 25, 2011

Agrana Expands in Russia

The Austrian sugar and starch company invests € 27.6m in fast-growing Russian market.

February 23, 2011

Southstream: Gazprom-OMV Cooperation

OMV and Russian Gazprom will work together on the construction of the Austrian part of the Southstream pipeline.

February 22, 2011

Knill Group Builds Factory in Russia for € 50m

The Austrian construction group records an order over € 50m for the establishment of the first optical fiber plant in Russia.

February 20, 2011

Strabag: Poland as a Replacement for Russia?

Sales of the Austrian construction company in Russia are slow in coming. Instead, other growth regions could be pushed.

February 9, 2011

Business Climate Improves in Eastern Europe

According to the Austrian Kontrollbank (OeKB), the Business Climate Index has risen in Eastern Europe for the seventh consecutive time.

February 9, 2011

150 New Bank Austria Branches in Eastern Europe

The new board of the CEE Division of Bank Austria presented the group's expansion plans for Eastern Europe. By 2015, 900 branches are to be added.

February 9, 2011

Oettinger Increases Pressure on OMV

In an interview with the daily newspaper "Presse", the European Commissioner for Energy considers that OMV must move now regarding Nabucco.

February 4, 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

Kapsch TrafficCom with First Contract Award in Russia

The Austrian Kapsch TrafficCom AG announces that its Russian subsidiary has been awarded an order to equip traffic crossings.

February 1, 2011

Strabag: Russia as Growth Driver

For Hans Peter Haselsteiner, CEO of Austria's largest construction group, Poland and Russia offer the best prospects for expansion

January 28, 2011

Leitl Welcomes Medvedev's Idea for a European-Russian Economic Area

Closer cooperation between the EU and Russia would "stabilize economic and social development". Austria's foreign trade with Russia is flourishing.

January 28, 2011

Slight Upward Trend in Austrian Tourism

Tourism in 2010: 0.4% more overnights; all-time-high in number of arrivals.

January 27, 2011