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AT&S Expands in the U.S.

The Austrian printed circuit board manufacturer opens second US office.

May 14, 2012

Cerberus May Sell Bawag

Five years ago, the U.S. investment fund Cerberus acquired the financially stricken Austrian Bawag bank. Next week, the retention period expires.

May 12, 2012

bwin.party Expands in California

The Austrian-British gambling company achieved an online poker agreement in California

May 8, 2012

Century Casinos Records Rising Earnings

The New York and Vienna-listed Century Casinos, Inc. announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Operating income was up slightly.

May 7, 2012

AUA to Offer More Flights to USA

After having implemented the austerity package, Austrian Airlines wants to expand. Above all, more flights to the U.S. will be offered.

May 5, 2012

Immofinanz Expands Investor Base

In order to gain U.S. investors, the Austrian real estate company started an American Depositary Receipt program.

May 4, 2012

Austrians in the Centre of the Global IT Industry

The first Austrian companies from the IT industry are currently in California as part of the "Go Silicon Valley 2012" technology initiative.

May 3, 2012

Miba Continues Strong Growth

The Austrian automotive component supplier records a significant rise in revenues. Extensive investments in USA and China are planned.

May 3, 2012

Major Order at TGW by U.S. Gap Inc.

The U.S. specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc selects the Austrian TGW Systems to manage their residual carton handling operation.

May 2, 2012

U.S. Delegation Impressed by Austrian Urban Technologies

“Austria is probably 10 years ahead of the U.S. in regard to urban planning and implemented technologies,” was the credo heard from visiting U.S. experts on urban planning when visiting Austria in April 2012.

May 2, 2012

AMAG Sale Completed

The last tranche in the Austrian aluminum producer AMAG was sold by CP Group/One Equity Partners to the Austrian B&C Industrieholding AG.

April 25, 2012

Former Bawag CEO Criticizes Cerberus Sharply

Helmut Elsner, former CEO of Bawag, accuses the new owner Cerberus to abuse the bank as “garbage dump” for toxic assets.

April 18, 2012

Roiss Claims European „Fracking“ Strategy

OMV´s CEO Gerhard Roiss calls for a common strategy to exploit shale gas. The European industrial sector should become more competitive.

April 18, 2012

Fitch Confirms “AAA” For Austria

The U.S. rating agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Austria's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings at 'AAA'. The rating Outlooks on both Long-term ratings are Stable.

April 17, 2012

US and UK Dominating at CEESEG

Investors from the UK and the US are the most important participants at CEESEG in 2011.

April 16, 2012

Austria Tries to Adapt its Image

In order to attract foreign investors, Austrian companies are attempting to amend the country’s image. Instead of tourism and culture, the industrial sector and the expertise should be underlined.

April 13, 2012

Where is Austria´s Gold?

The major part of Austria´s gold reserves should be located in the U.S. The Austrian Central Bank does not answer any questions.

April 10, 2012

„Natural Gas to Become Most Important Energy Source“

Gerhard Roiss, CEO of the Austrian oil and gas group OMV pushes the EU to recognize the importance of natural gas.

April 7, 2012

Austria Tabak Loses Market Shares

The U.S. group Philip Morris is the clear market leader in Austria´s tobacco market.

April 6, 2012

Most Important Cities: Vienna Catches Up

In the ranking of the most important global cities, the Austrian capital could improve substantially. The most severe weakness is the economic activity.

April 3, 2012

Andritz Acquires U.S. Bricmont Inc.

The Austrian technology Group Andritz has acquired Bricmont Inc. from Inductotherm Group. Bricmont is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and includes certain assets in China and India.

March 30, 2012

Economic Upswing for Austria?

The economic research institutes IHS and WIFO anticipate that the Austrian economy accelerates by summer 2012. Both warn of “too much euphoria”, however.

March 29, 2012

Burger King to Expand in Austria

The U.S. fast food chain enlarges its Austrian branches. Moreover, Burger King aims to enter the coffeehouse segment.

March 26, 2012

Starbucks Becomes Rival of Red Bull

The U.S. coffeehouse chain enters the energy drink market and attacks he market leader Red Bull.

March 22, 2012

CarbonLite Opens $ 58m PET Recycling Plant

The Austrian Erema supplies pelletizers for the world largest bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Riverside, California.

March 22, 2012

Windtec: Espionage Scandal Does Not End

A former employee of the AMSC-owned Windtec alleges to be pursued by a secret service. The U.S. should have intervened at the Austrian justice.

March 21, 2012

AMAG Appreciates Changes in Shareholder Structure

With B&C Industrieholding, the Austrian aluminum producer got a new major shareholder. RLB Upper Austria widens its share up to 16.44%.

March 19, 2012

Bawag to Refund Bank Aid in 2014 by Earliest

The U.S. owned bank was the only one in Austria which could increase its profits last year. The restructuring is successfully completed.

March 17, 2012

30% in AMAG Sold to B&C Industrial Holding

One Equity Partners (OEP), a subsidiary of JP Morgan, sold a major stake in the Austrian aluminum company to B&C Industrial Holding.

March 16, 2012

Bawag Underlines its Profitability

The Austrian bank, which is owned by the U.S. investment fund Cerberus, could report profits before taxes of € 156m. Against 2010, this is a rise by 13%.

March 16, 2012

Vienna Initiative an Insurance Policy, not a Game Changer, Fitch Says

The principles adopted Tuesday in “Vienna Initiative 2.0” do not change Fitch’s base case expectation that central, eastern and south-eastern Europe (CESEE) will continue to see weak, or marginally negative, credit growth in the near-to-medium term.

March 15, 2012

Red Bull Not Interested in Monster Beverage

Monster Beverage may not be a willing target. Moreover, the Austrian energy drink producer achieves strong organic growth in the U.S.

March 12, 2012

Automotive Industry Outlook in NAFTA Markets

In October, an automotive mission to Mexico and Detroit will be held by the Austrian Trade Commissions Mexico, Toronto and Chicago.

March 12, 2012

Bawag Buys Back Hybrid Capital

The U.S. owned Austrian bank purchases € 300m in hybrid capital back in order to strengthen the equity base.

March 9, 2012

Imports Grow Stronger than Exports

January to December 2011: Austrian imports rose by 15%, exports increased by 12%.

March 9, 2012

„Going to America 2012“: AWO Supports Austrian Business in USA

Foreign Trade Austria (AWO) shows business opportunities in the U.S. to domestic companies.

March 8, 2012

Pecik Unwanted at AMAG

A major shareholding in Austrian AMAG will be sold. Ronny Pecik, who is said to be interested, is not welcome.

March 7, 2012

RHI Has Growth Plans

The Austrian producer of fireproof ceramics puts effort into growth. Major investments and acquisitions are planned.

March 7, 2012

Hammerer Aims For Growth in Italy

The Austrian aluminum company wants to acquire a site of the U.S. Alcoa in Italy.

March 7, 2012

Doppelmayr Hopes for China

The Austrian cable railway producer faces a small and stagnating market in the U.S. South America and China are seen as growth markets.

March 6, 2012

Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS to Open New North American Head Office

Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Inc., a subsidiary of Austrian Kapsch TrafficCom AG, announced the opening of the new corporate head office in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

March 6, 2012

Eder: „Environmental Policy Endangers Economy“

Voestalpine´s CEO criticizes environmental specifications made by EU and domestic politics. Eder sees the danger of a de-industrialization.

March 5, 2012

VBAG to be Acquired by BAWAG?

According to market rumors, the financially stricken VBAG could be taken over by the U.S. investment fund owned Bawag.

March 2, 2012

Record for McDonald´s Austria

In 2011, McDonald´s Austria registered a rise in guests by 4.4% and sales of € 515m.

February 28, 2012

Austria: Low Attractiveness as Research Location

According to a study among European scientists, Austria loses its reputation. The most attractive destination is the U.S.

February 27, 2012

Significant Increase in Austrian Steel Exports to U.S.

U.S. Steel Imports are rising substantially, prices are on the fall. Austrian suppliers could raise their share.

February 27, 2012

Frauenthal Considers Short Time Work

The Austrian component supplier experiences the first signs of the economic crisis. As orders are going down by 10% to 15%, short time work becomes an issue again.

February 24, 2012

CSC Establishes its CEE Headquarters in Vienna

The U.S. IT service supplier CSC upgrades the Viennese subsidiary as regional headquarters for ten countries.

February 22, 2012

Petrom Discovered Deep Water Gas Offshore Romania

The Romanian subsidiary of the Austrian oil and gas group OMV announces a first major success of its exploration works in the Black Sea together with Exxon Mobil.

February 22, 2012

Moody's Takes Actions on Austrian Banks

The U.S. rating agency has a closer look on Austrian banks, which are related to the creditworthiness of public institutions.

February 22, 2012