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ISSUE 3/2006

UPPER AUSTRIA

Companies

honoured

Locationmarketing

Technologies

with a future

Innovation policy

Competence networks

Clusterland

Design-Stories

Co-operation projects

Upper Austrian

Innovation Prize 2006


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CONTENTS

On the pace

Upper Austrian is

an attractive location

The Upper Austrian

educational location

Top qualifications

Innovation

„Oscar“

The Upper Austrian

Innovation Prize 2006

Research

programme

CD laboratories

Clusterland

Deign-Stories

Co-operation projects

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Platform for the enlargement of the JKU!

The worlds of business and politics and the social partners have joined

forces to form a platform for the rapid expansion of the technical/natural

science faculty at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU). This

initiative is being headed by the Upper Austrian government’s technology

office, Günter Rübig, Bruno Krainz from MAN Steyr and Walter

Stephan, the CEO of the aircraft component manufacturer, FACC. TMG

has been given the task of co-ordinating the related activities.

The first partial goal of the initiative is to obtain funding for the enlargement

of the faculty with five new mechatronics and four computing electronics

faculties. In addition, the JKU urgently needs extra finance for investments.

The demands made for expansion by these companies from Upper Austria,

which is the leading federal province with regard to industry and exports,

are thoroughly justified. The objective is improved R&D co-operation

between business and science and an increase in the range of qualified,

technology graduates available. A still stronger technical/natural science

faculty is essential to Upper Austrian industry.

The importance of the university for economic development can be demonstrated

using individual examples. The Infineon R&D affiliates, DICE

and COMNEON, which were created in co-operation with the JKU, already

have a workforce of some 200, while Borealis plans to rapidly expand

its Linz research centre during the coming years. This will be possible due

to the fact that the JKU is restructuring and enlarging its polymer chemistry

activities. Moreover, one of the first initiatives was the foundation by Professor

Bruno Buchberger of the Research Institute for Symbolic Computation

(RISC), which in the meantime enjoys an international reputation.

The industrial companies in the platform are prepared to accept part of the

costs for the new institutes. In return, it is expected that during the announced

expansion of the university sector, the federal government will take Upper

Austria into account to a degree that matches its industrial strength.

The expansion of the technical/natural science faculty at the JKU would

not only underpin Upper Austria’s position as an economic and industrial,

but also benefit the Austrian economy as a whole.

Viktor Sigl

Upper Austria

State Minister for

Economic affairs

Gerlinde Pöchhacker

Managing Director,

OÖ. Technologie- und

Marketinggesellschaft

CONTENTS 3/2006

Manfred Eder

Managing Director,

OÖ. Technologie- und

Marketinggesellschaft

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On a wave of success

The enlargement of the Ennshafen Logistics Centre represents

another milestone in the completion of this European

logistics hub.

As a result of enormous demand,

the Ennshafen Logistics Centre,

located at the confluence of the Enns

and Danube rivers, is to be enlarged

by two further building complexes,

which are scheduled for completion in

the spring of 2007. The middle building

will have six floors and the third building,

four. They will house the offices

of the Linz sea freight department and

the Sea Freight Central Europe headquarters

of the international logistics

provider, Kühne+Nagel. The main reason

for this development is the growing

volume of container transport at

the newly built Ennshafen Container

Terminal (CTE).

Agriculture in Austria and comparable

European countries is currently

undergoing a massive structural

change, characterised by a steady

fall in animal husbandry (milk production)

and a resulting biomass surplus

derived from grazing land that is

no longer required. Acccording to

the Austrian Federal Institute for Alpine

Agriculture in Gumpenstein, in the

medium-term, this structural change

will result in the availability of 750,000

t of dry mass per year from Austria’s

pastures. Such a situation frequently

leads to the reafforestation of fallow

land, which creates further problems.

However, a so-called “´green

bio-refinery” concept currently exists,

which foresees the production of

Information flow

The fifth floor of the middle building is

to provide a home for a European waterway

information centre, which is to

be created with the help of the Austrian

Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation

and Technology. One of the

tasks of this information centre will be

to demonstrate the advantages of the

environment-friendly, Danube waterway

transport route to young people.

The new extensions with make a total

of around 3,600 m2 of rentable office

space available from March 2007 onwards.

The investment involved in the

expansion will amount to around EUR

4.5 million. www.ennshafen.at �

Technology with a future

The core topic of the ENTECH Technical Centre (in the Ennstal TDZ) is

the obtainment of raw materials from renewable sources with a focus

on regional grazing and arable land, woods and forests.

lactic acid, amino acids and energy

(in the form of biogas) from grass. In

the coming years, the global importance

of lactic acid is set to rise, because

among other applications, it

can be used for the production of

biodegradable plastics. In addition,

natural amino acids are ideal for processing

in the foods and cosmetic industries.

The implementation of the “´green

bio-refinery” technological concept

constitutes a meaningful contribution

to the retention of valuable, agricultural

landscapes, as well as the general

economic strengthening of rural

areas. The fact that natural product

utilisation constitutes a very young

TECHNOLOGY CENTRES

The extension will

create an additional

2,700 m 2 of office space.

Sustainable economic activity

forms the focus of the TDZ Ennstal.

technology, means that in the next

few years a great deal of endeavour

must be invested in the optimisation,

further development and comprehensive

testing of all the parameters

applying to the respective regional

conditions. It is precisely in this area

that the strengths of the ENTECH

Technical Centre lie and it will support

future production plants with

the further development of this technology,

while ehancing general

know-how at regional level and making

it available locally.

www.tdz-ennstal.at �

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LOCATION UPPER AUSTRIA

HOMEPAGES

Barrier-free

During the summer, the TMG

homepage was subjected to

a relaunch. This “barrier-free”

homepage website can now be

accessed easily by persons suffering

from blindness or physical

disabilities. In addition, the

current version is characterised

by an extensive range of links

and a large download area.

There is a great deal of information

available concerning TMG’s

range of supplies and services,

as well as facts and figures

about Upper Austria as an economic

location.

www.tmg.at

Anew network feature is the

“inter-communal business

location”: www.inkoba.at. At

present, 12 associations and

companies are working on an

inter-communal basis in the

business location sector, cooperating

during commercial site

development, company locations

and joint marketing.

www.inkoba.at

Back

to nature

Over 30% of Upper Austria’s energy needs are already covered from

environment-friendly sources. This is six times the EU average.

The use of renewable energy

can provide a reduction in

environmental impact.

Bio-diesel, which is often described

as “superior fuel”, is an environment-friendly

alternative to

conventional diesel. Accordingly, a

bio-diesel plant with a capacity of

110,000t is being built on the site of the

Enns inland waterway port. In January

2007, the Biodiesel Enns GmbH

company plant should become operational

and is also designed to produce

some 10,000t of glycerine in pharmaceutical

quality as a by-product.

In view of the continuing trend towards

ecological heating systems in

family homes, Ökofen, the leader in

the European pellet-fired heating

market, is making sizeable investments

in new production capacity.

April 2006 saw the start of work on a

new 6000 m 2 production hall and administrative

building on a 30,000 m 2

site in the INKOBA area of Niederkappel.

Production is scheduled to

start at the beginning of 2007.

Gasokol is a leading Austrian solar

power company and has been manufacturing

solar collectors and auxiliary

systems for over twenty years.

Gasokol is expanding rapidly and

due to space shortages is now to

move from Dimbach to Saxen. On

June 16,2006, the ground-breaking

ceremony was held for the completion

of a new solar park on the industrial

estate located directly on the B3

Danube federal highway. �

LOCATION UPPER AUSTRIA 3/2006


Common rail

During the past year, Bosch manufactured around 26 million common

rail injectors for car engines at seven locations on three continents.

At the end of 2005, Bosch produced its 100 millionth injector,

an achievement in which its Austrian location played a major role.

Within the framework of the global

Bosch development network,

around 160 employees

are involved with the development of

major components for the common rail

diesel injection system. Development

work for the diesel production sector

has been continuing at the Linz location

since April 1990. Increased injection

pressure is intended to achieve a

further reduction in diesel engine emissions,

noise and fuel consumption,

which is of relevance to CO2 levels in

the atmosphere. The CR truck injector,

distributor pipes and lines for

cars and trucks, provide an extensive

range of development assignments,

which due to the comprehensive infrastructure

at the Linz location, can largely

be completed on an independent

basis. The combination of design,

sample manufacture and testing facilities

at one location also facilitates extremely

efficient and customer-oriented

development work. Linz works closely

with the Bosch production centres

in Germany, the Czech Republic, Japan,

China, India, Brazil and the USA.

Around EUR 2.1 million are to be

invested in machinery and equipment

during the current year.

www.bosch.at �

Global player

Bernecker & Rainer, a family-owned enterprise from the

“Innviertel”, is one of the world’s largest private companies

in the automation and process control technology field.

B&R offers comprehensive automation

solutions on a one-stop

shopping basis. Across the globe,

over 3,000 mechanical engineering

companies from every industrial sector

are using these holistic solutions.

Record result

As at June 30, 2006, sales passed the

EUR 200 million mark, and as company

head, Hans Wimmer, explains,

“EUR 220 million represents growth of

23%.” Among other sources, this increase

derived from the German and

US markets, where the “Innviertler” ha-

ve achieved 40% growth. During the

current year, an order worth several

million euros was obtained from BMW

as the exclusive global supplier for visualisation

systems. B&R has an international

presence comprised of a

workforce of more than 1,400 and a

sales and support network covering

more than 50 countries. A sales office

is soon to open in Moscow, while China

already has five and this year will

see the addition of another three. At

present, the company is about to undertake

the largest expansion step in

its history, involving the enlargement of

the Eggelsberg location, which is to

LOCATION UPPER AUSTRIA

Visual checks underpin

electronic monitoring in

the production area.

The B&R APC620, a tailormade

industrial PC with

integrated DVD burner.

serve as the centre for complete global

production and should be completed

by the end of 2007. As a result, the

company is to double its production

capacity. B&R currently employs a

workforce of around 850 at its main location

in Eggelsberg and by 2011, a

further 650 new jobs are to be added.

www.br-automation.com �

3/2006 LOCATION UPPER AUSTRIA


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LOCATION UPPER AUSTRIA

On the pace

Upper Austria is Austria’s most attractive location.

This is the conclusion of a recent study by the Management Club*.

Chart: Georg Flor

With 117 index points, Upper Austria represents the nation’s most dynamic, regional economy measured

in terms of growth, employment, infrastructure and prosperity (Austrian average = 100 points).

Michael Ikrath, the president

of the Management Club,

describes the background

to this survey as follows, “Major international

studies concerning the

attractiveness of locations frequently

lack regional depth. Using our location

radar, this year the Management

Club subjected all nine federal

provinces to a comprehensive performance

check for the first time.”

On the basis of 26 indicators, ranging

from gross regional product,

labour market data and gross income,

to a questionnaire covering

1,009 decision-makers, the location

radar determined the eight most

critical areas involved in location

attractiveness.

Best location

With 117 points Upper Austria was

well above the national average of

100. Moreover, this lead is most secure

with no.1 rankings in four of the

seven sub-indices (growth, prosperity,

employment, know-how/education,

location costs, administration/infrastructure

and quality of life). Moreover,

Upper Austria was also

among the top three provinces in the

other three sub-indices. Second place

in the overall ratings was captured

* The Management Club is Austria’s most important association of business decision-makers. As a network

platform and pressure group for managers in economic policy questions, the Management Club pursues the goal

of making Austria better to manage by means of events, exclusive studies, surveys and a membership service.

by Austria’s most westerly federal

province, Vorarlberg, with 109

points. Salzburg (100) and Lower

Austria (100) also did well and landed

precisely on the national average.

Tyrol (98), Styria (97) and Vienna (97)

from a group, which is just below the

national average, while Carinthia (92)

and Burgenland (90) complete the

field. It is evident that in recent years,

Upper Austria and Vorarlberg

have clearly pressed the buttons

that, in times of increased competition,

provide location advantages.

This is especially true in the areas of

citizen-friendly administration, education

and infrastructure. �

LOCATION UPPER AUSTRIA 3/2006


On November 9, the Minoriten in

Wels became an innovation

centre, for at the invitation of

TMG, leading personalities from the

fields of business, industry, politics,

science, specialist institutions and the

social partnership, gathered for the

Upper Austrian Innovation Conference.

The focus of the Upper Austrian Innovation

Conference was formed by

background information, facts and

perspectives. The themes dealt with

included the situation regarding the

Upper Austrian economic and innovation

locomotive, the results of the Borealis

Innovation Centre in Linz, the

Top talents

are in demand!

INNOVATIVE UPPER AUSTRIA 2010

Upper Austrian Innovation Conference

status and development of Upper Austria

as a research centre, and the reasons

why the technical and natural science

faculty at the Johannes Kepler

University urgently requires expansion.

Other topics handled related to the extent

to which the “Innovative Upper

Austria 2010” strategic programme

has been implemented and Upper

Austrian participation in the federal Kprogramme.

Over 300 attendees discussed the

chances and possibilities for the consolidation

and further strengthening

of Upper Austria’s position. �

The implementation of the “Innovative Upper Austria 2010” strategic programme continues to make

steady progress. Above all, a great deal has happened in the R&D sector during recent months.

Two new measures in the Professional Qualifications sector are also under way

With the participation in the new

federal competence centre

(COMET), an important step

has been prepared for the support of

R&D. At the beginning of December,

applications for the K1 and K2 centres

will be submitted to the federal government.

Nine Upper Austrian research

bodies alone are currently preparing

these applications with companies.

Major advances have also been achieved

with regard to the planned expansion

of the technical/natural science faculty

of the Johannes Kepler University

in Linz. Moreover, business and

commerce are playing a leading role in

the preparation of the institutes. In the

“Professional Qualifications” sector,

Numerous experts at the Upper Austrian

Innovation Conference: Upper Austria

State Minister for Economic affairs

Viktor Sigl and Friedrich Faulhammer.

the assignment is to make preparations

now for the innovative generation

of tomorrow. Two important measures

have recently started to run, in the shape

of the promotion of the key qualifications,

“social competence” and the

identification of top talents. In an initial

step, all the students in the third

school grade are being tested and the

appropriate advancement measures

prepared. In addition, a new wood

construction focus has been introduced

at a higher technical college in

Linz. In other words, it is evident that

the strategic programme is working in

a manner that is comprehensive, future-oriented,

sustainable and systematic.

www.ooe2010.at �

The identification and promotion of top

talents is the central point of measure no.

16 in the Strategic Programme

"Innovative Upper Austria 2010"

3/2006 INNOVATIVE UPPER AUSTRIA 2010

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EDUCATIONAL LOCATION

Top qualifications

Upper Austria is investing in first class, future-oriented educational and further

training possibilities, because education represents the key to a successful future.

Development

programme

5 mechatronics institutes

Micro-system technology,

adaptronics, medical mechatronics,

lightweight construction,

mechanical engineering

construction materials

4 computer electronics institutes

Signal processing,

communications networks,

analogous circuits and systems,

electromagnetic compatibility

of electronic systems

Plastics institutes (/Borealis)

Polymer chemistry, polymer

chemical technology, physical

and analytical chemistry

Upper Austrian business is making a major

contribution to expansion at the JKU.

Many leading companies, including

TRUMPF, have promised their support. In

the picture, a TRUMPF laser.

Modern schooling and professional

training, as well measures

for part-time, job-related

training, are all part of this constellation,

for the earlier that talents and assets

in the working process are recognised

and furthered, the greater are the

chances that people can use their potential

to the full and thus provide peak

performance. Quality qualifications

are decisive for the future competitive

strength of the Upper Austrian economy.

Development plan

Universities in general and technical/

natural science studies in particular,

are of massive significance to the economic

development of modern industrial

regions. Therefore, Upper Austrian

has a development plan (from

2006-2012), which foresees the addition

of new institutes to the technical/

natural science faculty at the Johannes

Kepler University of Linz. Business

and industry are also intensively involved

in the preparations for the planned

five mechatronic and four computer

electronics institutes and concrete

declarations of support have already

been received from companies

such as FACC, AMAC, voestalpine,

TRUMPF, Kretztechnik, EVG, DICE,

E+E-Elektronik, Keba and Rosenbauer.

Plastics location

Upper Austria

The creation of a research and educational

focus on the plastics technology

(polymers) sector at the Johannes

Kepler University of Linz, where a

number of institutes have already been

established, also represents a forward-looking

development. This is because

plastics are seen as a major

growth branch with a future that will be

borne by research and innovation.

OMV, the leading oil and gas group in

Central Europe and the global player,

Borealis, are developing Linz into an

international research centre for the

plastics company. The co-operation

between Borealis/Agrolinz Melamine

International, the Austrian federal government,

the province of Upper Austria,

the Johannes Kepler University

and other bodies constitute a significant

investment for the coming years.

The expansion to the Upper Austrian

plastics location will create 260 highly

qualified jobs. �

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An analysis by the Furniture and

Wood Construction Cluster and

the Upper Austrian Chamber of

Commerce provided the trigger mechanism

for this specialist training.

During last November, around 30

companies determined the top learning

content and the Goethestrasse

HTL in Linz now deals with topics

such as building construction, design

practice, practical exercises in the builder’s

yard, building physics and specific

features of wood construction. Some

20 young people have taken this

opportunity and have registered for the

“Wood Construction” course at the

“Building and Design” HTL, which will

certainly enable them to tell the wood

from the trees!

Part-time is big time

The life science sector in Upper Austria

is also on course for success. In recent

years, the provincial government

has invested around EUR 80 million in

modern buildings, lecture theatres and

laboratories. At present, 4,000 “Fachhochschule”

students are completing

their degree studies and from 2007/08

over 30 courses will be available with

a range extending from IT to health,

social matters, management and engineering.

According to the CEO of the

FHs in Upper Austria, Gerald Reisinger,

“Our objective is the greatest possible

flexibility with regard to the labour

market, business and industry. We

adjust the number of places available

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A practical orientation

The Upper Austrian wood construction industry is a branch with a future. In September 2006, a

new educational focus was launched at the Goethestrasse Higher Technical College (HTL) in

Linz, in the form of a “Wood Construction” course.

With the focus on wood construction an important step has been

taken towards the provision of qualified, technical employees for this industrial sector.

according to demand and can therefore

quickly provide the appropriate qualifications

in the course of full-time or

part-time courses.” From the autumn

of 2007, a choice can be made from

13 part-time courses and this range is

to be expanded at all the Upper Austrian

“Fachhochschule” locations in

Hagenberg, Linz, Steyr and Wels. As

a result of the flexible teaching range,

including e-learning elements, blocks

and lectures via video conferences,

which is currently being tested as a pilot

project at the Upper Austrian Technology

Centres, it is hoped to make

such academic studies more attractive

to working people in the peripheral

regions. The FHs in Upper Austria do

not demand study fees.

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EDUCATIONAL LOCATION

Power Girls

The Power Girls project, which was

launched during the past year by the

Education Highway network, is to be

continued within the framework of the

“Innovative Upper Austria 2010” strategic

programme. The focal point of this

measure is the early and competent

promotion of an interest in science and

technology among girls. The aim is to

strengthen the emotional components

of a decision to opt for a technical profession

among girls in the sixth school

grade. During the 2005/2006 school

year, a total of 120 girls from 21 schools

from across Austria took part in this project.

During a total of 24 two-day workshops,

eight teams were able to experience

science and technology at first

hand at companies, research and educational

bodies such as the Ars Electronica

Center, Ennskraftwerke, Braunau

Higher Technical College, Johannes

Kepler University of Linz, KEBA, Lego

Robotic, Linzer Technikum, Powder

Tech, Rosenbauer, Rotax, Schatzdorfer

Gerätebau and voest alpine.

Social competence

Social competence is essential to the

further development of Upper Austria

in all areas, irrespective of whether these

relate to the economic or social

sectors. In addition to specialist competence,

social skills are primarily a key

qualification for professional and personal

success. Therefore, all educational

institutions, from kindergartens to

universities are being integrated into

the realisation of measures relating to

social competence. Accordingly, the

extensive educational offensive is also

looking to achieve a sensitisation with

regard to the communication of social

competence, which involves

changes to study plans and the range

In addition to the production of

workpieces, the girls were able

to gain exciting impressions of

technical professions.

of training and further training available.

The Upper Austrian Education

Highway network has been entrusted

with the implementation of this project,

which commences this year.

Lifelong learning

Apart for specialist

competence, students

also receive an intensive

practical training.

Lifelong learning is the designation

applied to an EU strategy for the

overcoming of new strategies en

route to a knowledge-based society.

Lifelong learning is also increasingly

becoming the focal point of labour

market considerations in Austria,

whether in professional life, the labour

market support area, or simply

wherever it is necessary to stay on

the pace in the race caused by rapid

technological changes. The support

of lifelong learning means investing

more both in people and their

knowledge and the promotion of the

acquisition of basic qualifications (including

digital competence), as well

as the preparation of the way for

more innovative and flexible forms of

learning.

www.ooe2010.at

www.jku.at

www.fh-ooe.at

www.eduhi.at �

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INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Innovation „Oscar“

On October 23, the 2006 Upper Austrian Innovation Prizes were awarded. This was the 13th such opportunity

for domestic companies to demonstrate their innovative potential.

The winners of the 2006 Innovation Prize with Gov. Josef Pühringer and Upper Austrian State Minister for Economic affairs Viktor Sigl.

The victors received a valuable sculpture designed by Burg Design. The trophy should represent the „straight ahead” philosophy of the

winning companies and their visionary thinking, courage and pioneer spirit. The body is rectangular and stretches upward,

the sand-blasted aluminium serving as a material with a highly technical, exclusive and daring aura.

Prizes were awarded in three categories

for small, medium-sized

and large companies. In

addition, a special prize was presented

for application-oriented R&D

work at university and private research

facilities. The science department

of the Upper Austria government

provided monetary prizes to

the value of EUR 20,000.

The top three

The winner in the small company category

was Anagnostics Bioanalysis

from Linz. This company has developed

a laboratory device, which with

a single, fully automatic test can identify

over a thousand bacteria and viruses

in minutes and thus sets new

benchmarks in the diagnosis sector.

The “HybOrg” combines all the

strengths of the most important molecular-diagnostic

technologies. The

medium-sized company category

was won by AMST-Systemtechnik

from Ranshofen. This company has

developed DESDEMONA, a unique

moving platform, which is intended

for use in aerospace industry research

into the spatial disorientation

of pilots, as well as a revolutionary instrument

in modern flight and driving

simulators.

First place in the large company category

went to Rosenbauer International

from Leonding. With the new

“Panther”, a sensational airport rescue

and fire-fighting vehicle, Rosenbauer

has set new standards in the

design and technology area and with

this development will also be Upper

Austria’s representative during the

competition for the Austrian National

Prize for Innovation.

Special prize

This year’s special prize was captured

by PROFACTOR Produktionsforschung

from Steyr for its developments

in the flexible painting area.

The company has developed a system

on the basis of self-programmable

robots, which allows flexible and

economic painting from a batch size

of one item upwards. The system is

founded on artificial intelligence, is

entirely autonomous and designed

for industrial applications. �

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INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

INTERVIEW

New EU Structural

Funds Programme

Eva Zsigo, from the

Commerce/Economic

Policy Department of the

Upper Austrian government

is the co-ordinator

of the forward-looking

“Upper Austrian Regional

Competitiveness 2007-

2013” programme.

This programme, which is focused

on the know-how basis

and innovation, is aimed at activating

regional development and

the increased attractiveness of

Upper Austria as a business location.

The main factors involved

are location security based on

sustainability, in combination

with the enhanced co-operative

and innovative capacity of SMEs

in Upper Austria. Our federal province

should consolidate its position

as a dynamic economic region

in Central Europe with a

high quality of life. All of Upper

Austria’s regions should receive

effective impulses for dynamic

and sustained development and

at the same time, its high employment

levels should be further

secured. The programme was

submitted to the European Commission

at the end of October

and implementation of the measures

will commence in January

2007. The total project investment

volume will amount to some

EUR 590 million, which will

be supported by approximately

EUR 191 million in grants (EUR

95.5 million in EU funding). The

next edition of “Business Focus”

will contain a detailed report on

this topic. �

Properly managed

innovations

The 6th EU Framework Programme for research, technological development

and demonstration (6th FP), which ran from 2002-2006,

was oriented towards the term “European Research Area”.

Following the end of the 6th Framework Programme, the beginning of October saw

the start of the 7th FP. This is the world’s largest transnational research programme

and in the course of a period of seven years (2007-2013) will involve a budget of

around EUR 54 billion. As compared to the 6th FP, this constitutes a roughly 60% increase

in the annual finance volume available.

The aim of the 6th FP was the coordination

and concentration of

research, as well as the improvement

of the overall innovation system,

through technology transfers, networks,

etc. After Vienna and Styria,

Upper Austria was the third most

strongly represented federal province

in this programme with 157 contributions.

Industry continued to furnish

the bulk of the successful participations

within the framework programme.

Private research programmes provided

17% of Upper Austria’s involvement.

This represented an increase of

160% as compared to the 5th frame-

work programme, an improvement

that can be traced back to expansion

in the private research facility area.

CATT Innovation Management GmbH

supports domestic companies and institutions

with research into suitable

grants for their projects in the areas of

research, technology and innovation

and also offers professional assistance

during realisation. On the basis of

project ideas, CATT researches into

regional, national and international

support possibilities as a one-stop

shop and offers competent help during

the preparation and submission of

grant applications. www.catt.at �

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGYE 3/2006


Business and industry

needs the CD lab

Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft (CDG) represents the Austrian private-public partnership

model with the most experience regarding co-operation between science, business and industry.

The team from the Christian Doppler Automated Software Engineering lab founded in

February 2006 under the leadership of Hanspeter Mössenböck (3rd from the r.).

The CDG promotes applicationoriented

basic research and

provides business and industry

with effective access to new knowhow.

The success of this unique model

is based on a combination of differing

factors including a concentration

on application-oriented basic

principles, low overheads (only 4.5%)

and the idea of equipping small and

flexible laboratories.

As a rule, the labs have between

four and seven researchers, an annual

budget of EUR 110,000 – 500,000

and are supported for a period of up

to seven years.

4 CD labs in Upper Austria

The CD Automated Software Engineering

lab (headed by Prof. Hanspeter

Mössenböck) was launched at

the beginning of 2006 as part of the

Institute for Systems Software of the

Johannes Kepler University in Linz. It

carries out systematic research into

new software design and algorithms,

which facilitates the handling of increasingly

complex software. The cooperation

partners are Siemens VAI,

KEBA and BMD. The CD Surface

Optics Methodology lab (headed by

Prof. Kurt Hingerl) within the Institute

of Semi-conductor and Solid-State

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Physics at the JKU in Linz employs

numerical methods to examine the

spread of electromagnetic waves on

the surface of materials. The corporate

partners are the EV Group E.

Thallner, Konarka Austria and Photeon

Technologies.

October 2006 saw the authorisation

of two further CD labs in the shape of

a Laser-Assisted Diagnostics facility

(headed by Prof.Dieter Bäuerle with

voestalpine as an industrial partner)

and a Radar Sensoric lab (headed by

Prof. Springer with DICE as an industrial

partner).

www.cdg.ac.at �

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UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED

Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences

(short: FH) courses both technologyoriented

and application related. The direction

of the colleges’ eleven research focal

points accounts for the actual needs of

the regional economy.

Upper Austria University of Applied

Sciences - research is put to practical use

All research projects have the

singular aim of transforming

scientific know-how into operational

practice. The “Efficient local

public transport connections in rural

areas” project from the Wels campus

The interplay between existing elements

and middleware, which is to be developed,

will lead to the desired mechatronic

components called μCrons.

is aimed at providing a dynamic passenger

information system and to

secure connections. The system,

which is being tested in the municipal

borough of Eferding, focuses on the

critical point in all transport connection

safeguards, namely changing between

buses and trains. In this case,

communications to the vehicles takes

place using GSM / GPRS, via defined,

standardised interfaces between

server and clients. Modern local public

transport will only be generally

accepted if it is fast, comfortable

and reliable, which means that

changing can take place with short

waits and up-to-date information

concerning connections.

Mechatronic innovations

Efficient local transport connections in

rural areas project Linz local railway

In order to realise visions such as

“flexible production down to batches

of 1”, “customisation”, or the

“knowledge-based economy”, agile

systems from the areas of mechanics,

hard and software are essential.

Machine and plant components

must be able to demonstrate new

characteristics, which extend to a

capacity for reconfiguration during

operation. The current state-of-theart,

which is based on development

that commenced some 40 years ago,

is incompatible with these new requirements.

Accordingly, the “μCrons”

project focuses on the development

and implementation of new and more

flexible concepts. The aim is to

modify plants in such a way that

they will be suitable for future product

and production sequence generations.

For example, in years to come,

it should be possible to manufacture

small and medium class cars using

one and the same line.

Contact:

FH OÖ Forschungs &

Entwicklungs GmbH

Wels Campus: Gerald Zauner

+43 (0)7242 72811 4415 or

g.zauner@fh-wels.at �

UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES 3/2006


UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Innovation through bio- and

medical computing in Hagenberg

Microarray – a modern molecular biological process

for the analysis of biological samples

Accordingly, training as a biological

computing engineer at

the FH campus in Hagenberg

offers great professional opportunities

and graduates find the transition

to working life especially easy, as

they form contacts with potential employers

during their studies.

One convincing example of the successful

use of biocomputing is the

REGINS research project, MAAGYS -

Molecular Biological Screening (Multianalyte)

Assay for Gynaecological

Smear Diagnostic in Routine Laboratories.

Within the scope of this project,

together with Heidelberg University

Clinic and on the basis of an innovative

screening device (hyborg)

from the Linz-base company, Anagnostics,

the FH Research Center

Hagenberg has created special software

(hybseek) for the development

of efficient routine examination methods

using molecular diagnostics.

Hybseek facilitates the determination

of the unique characteristics of pathogens

and hence the creation of

screening assays. In turn, this allows

the hyborg to diagnose several hundred

potentially dangerous diseasecausing

agents in quantitative terms

within a few minutes and from a single

sample (e.g. human blood).

What’s more, the device is easy to

use and ideal for regular employment

in large labs.

Knowledge-based

bio- and medical

information systems

Biotechnology promises to provide

an understanding of the human body

and its intercellular processes, a detailed

knowledge of health and disease,

as well as improved methods of

diagnosis and treatment. As a result,

during recent years a vast amount of

biomedical data has been produced.

The aim of the FHplus project, BIO-

Modern information technologies

are of steadily growing

significance in the fields of molecular

biology and medicine.

Therefore, on the one hand,

comprehensive IT know-how is

becoming increasingly important

to users from both areas

and on the other, computer engineers

with specialised

knowledge have excellent career

prospects.

MIS (knowledge-based bio- and medical

information system), which was

launched at the FH campus in Hagenberg

in October 2003, is to make

this gigantic potential accessible to

(lab) physicians, molecular biologists

and pharmacologists and to realise

new and highly specialised solutions

for bio-medical applications. As demonstrated

by MAAGYS, these research

results form the basis for a diversity

of further research activities at

the Hagenberg campus.

Contact:

FH OÖ Forschungs

& Entwicklungs GmbH

Hagenberg Campus:

Thomas Kern

+43 (0)7236 3888 7110 or

thomas.kern@fh-hagenberg.at �

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CLUSTERLAND

Design

stories

For the first time, the Design &

Media Network homepage is

showing successfully implemented

design projects and the

design competence of Upper

Austrian business and industry.

Upper Austria is a federal province,

which is home to powerful brands

and innovative companies. However,

questions as to how companies can

obtain a successful market position

and differentiate themselves from the

Room for development for people

and organisations in motion!

The database of the Upper Austrian business consultants offers companies access to best practice

examples from the area of human resources and organisational development, including presentations

from consultants, who accompany the related processes.

The database provides information

on topics from the field of human

relations and organisational

development.

competition remain open. Moreover,

what design stories can be found behind

effective strategies?

Design stories

The design stories on www.netzwerkdesign.at

show best practice examples

from the local region. Companies

with strong design traditions and designers

explain practical project sequences,

the results for the companies

and how and with whom the ideas we-

With the entry of their data, companies

receive an opportunity

to present their capabilities to a large

number of potential clients, the

Clusterland Oberösterreich GmbH

information channels being used to

establish new customer contacts.

Presenting and strengthening

HR competences

The database has been open to access

via the homepage www.netzwerk-hr.at

since September 2006. It

represents an information platform

for SMEs in Upper Austria that aims

to lend transparency to the diversity

of business consultant services,

re implemented. These design stories

are continually supplemented by the

Network team and provide a significant

publicity and marketing effect for

the firms and designers involved.

Design beginners

For companies looking to step up their

involvement with design, the design

stories also furnish initial insights into

the practical aspects of design projects.

www.netzwerk-design.at �

which are available. Moreover, the

companies can gather additional

know-how and on the basis of previously

completed projects, are able

to find the suitable consultant for

their needs.

The Human Resources Network is

both a platform and hub for contacts,

the exchange of experience,

information and trends on the topic

of HR in Upper Austria. The primary

objective is to raise the competence

levels of Upper Austrian companies

(especially SMEs) in this area

and to step up the use of innovative

human resource measures.

www.netzwerk-hr.at �

CLUSTERLAND UPPER AUSTRIA 3/2006

The design stories

present examples

of successful

design projects.


The new series of

SUPPORT workshops

will commence

in January 2007.

Legal considerations play an especially

important role in the environmental

technology sector. Therefore,

valuable insider tips from the

fields of business and science have

flowed into the design of the new

“expert evening” event series, which

deals with the topics of waste, water/wastewater

and air/noise. Initial

access to the topic is provided by

lead presentations concerning the

legislative framework given by experts

from the environmental law

platform (www.netzwerk-umwelttechnik.at/umweltrecht).

In addition,

two company representatives present

current projects from their re-

The first CIP working group was

launched at the beginning of

2005 and due to the major interest

shown by the Automotive Cluster

partner companies, four now exist.

All of the participating companies

have their own access to the topic of

CIP (continuous improvement process)

and issues such as idea management,

5S (cleanliness and order),

teamwork or TPM (autonomous

maintenance) have all been dealt

with.

There’s a lot going on!

The credo of the Environmental Technology

Network is that the customer company is the

focus of attention and should be assisted in the

best possible manner. But how? For example

through know-how transfers, which are completed

at first hand by means of “expert evenings”,

workshops and specialist events.

spective areas and thus furnish

practical input. The feedback from

the more than 100 attendees stated

that the “expert evening” events are

particularly valuable, which means

that the series will be extended.

There’s even

more going on!

The SUPPORT workshop series,

which is due to start in January 2007,

will provide a range of ecological

consulting from the Technological

Academy of the Leoben University of

Technology and the Environmental

Technology Network. The aim is to

One for all and all for one

Positive balance

Value added should be created for

every company through mutual support.

Irrespective of whether companies

are CIP “beginners” or “experts”,

the differing perspectives and approaches

produce positive results.

For example, Heiko Cordes, the KTM

- Kühler GmbH CEO, is highly enthusiastic,

“I regard the readiness to reveal

and discuss current in-company

problems as a particularly valuable

CLUSTERLAND UPPER AUSTRIA

New guidelines regarding

grants for Cluster

co-operation projects

New guidelines now apply for all

Cluster co-operation projects submitted

for approval after March 1,

2006. The most important change

is that the maximum grant per

project partner has been set at

EUR 25,000 and funding intensity

has been raised to 30% of the

costs eligible for payment pertaining

to the individual project partners.

www.clusterland.at �

show new approaches to sustainable

products through answers to questions

such as, “Can one carry out systematic

invention? How does one

develop new, environmentally compatible

products? What part does

innovation play in sustainable company

development?” www.netzwerk-umwelttechnik.at


The mutual exchange of information and know-how forms the focal point of the CIP working groups

and the OEM sourcing round initiated by the Automotive Cluster. The AC provides support with regard

to the co-ordination, topic definition, presentation and documentation of the workshops.

aspect of this type of teamwork. In

this way, I have already obtained a

wealth of ideas relating to possibilities

for improvements, which have

been introduced at other companies

and are therefore been tried and tested.

Improvement potential is seen best

on an on-the-spot basis and therefore

company tours are provided as

part of every appointment.

www.automobil-cluster.at �

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INFO


CLUSTERLAND UPPER AUSTRIA

The “Furnishers” are nine joinery

companies from the “Mühlviertel”,

which have 1-25 employees and who

have been co-operating successfully

since 1997. The group uses synergy

potential for joint marketing, trade fair

presentations, further training, the exchange

of machinery and employees

and thus provides its customers with a

high degree of flexibility, even though

the individual firms retain their autono-

The results of the

“Departure” co-operation

project were presented

at Schloss Steyregg

during a two-day show.

Creative

customer approach

Within the framework of the MHC project “Departure” the “Furnisher” co-operation

group are working on new services and creative customer communications.

my. In total, a workforce of 78 (11 apprentices)

achieves sales of EUR 7 million

across the entire “Mühlviertel”.

The companies have recognised both

their opportunities as SMEs and those

derived from teamwork and have reacted

with creative solutions to the

needs of our fast-moving times.

The “Departure” co-operation project

deals with the topics of creativity, design

and presentation, which are hand-

The aim of the project was the development

of a design and the implementation

of the tooling technology

for a disposable, plastic folding box.

The box was foreseen for use in the

transport of foods and with a weight of

500g, be capable of carrying a weight

of 12kg and stackable up to a height of

2.5m (stacking height in a truck). The

involvement of the raw material supplier,

Biesterfeld Interowa, meant that

the optimum material, consisting of a

polypropylene, which was able to meet

the stringent demands involved, was

quickly found, while the Plastics Technology

Transfer Centre (TCK)T supplied

the software needed for the simulation

calculations. For Haidlmair

led with the help of external professionals.

This provides the “Furnishers”

with access to other working methods

and thought patterns. The group then

presented the initial results at an annual

customer event. On September 30

and October 1, the Schloss Steyregg

provided a splendid backdrop for the

appearance of the “Furnishers”.

www.m-h-c.at

www.aufmoebler.at �

Plastic trumps card

A new type of plastic transport box for foods has been created in the course of a Plastics Cluster co-operation

project. As a result of excellent teamwork between product development, simulation and materials engineering,

a disposable folding box was brought to serial production maturity within a short project period.

A new type of plastic

transport box for foods

GmbH (the world market leader in the

production of tools for beverage crates)

this project was aimed at strengthening

its location against suppliers from the

Far East and the further consolidation

of its market position. As opposed to

returnable boxes, the new development

offers the clear advantages derived

from the fact that return transport

and the cleaning of the boxes with chemicals

are no longer needed. In addition,

it is also significant that the new

boxes are fully recyclable and combine

a weight of only 500g with dimensions

of 500x300x160 mm, thus providing

material savings of 75% as compared

to multiple use boxes.

www.kunststoff-cluster.at �

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The “STC 901” has played a major role

in the electrotherapy sector for the past

decade and will now be followed by the

congenial, but “photo shy”, STC 911.

Ten years ago, MRD Physicom

GmbH implemented a new application

principle using its “STC 901”,

which was to redefine standards in

the electrotherapy sector. Moreover,

the know-how obtained from this

system, which currently leads the

field in Austria, has served to further

stimulate the ambitions of this inventive

Upper Austrian company.

In addition to a lecture from Prof.

Gerfried Zeichen, other speakers

will come from the Axavia, Faktum, Fill

and SKF companies and provide valuable,

practical tips. The aim is to pinpoint

the future challenges facing

companies in the mechanical engineering

and plant building sector, which

are domiciled in Austria, as well as

methods and models for the strengthening

of competitiveness. Christian

Altmann, the head of the Mechatronics

Cluster, is convinced that, “The

domestic mechanical engineering industry

is faced by major change. However,

those that look into the future

in time and continually improve their

business processes can achieve nonetheless

achieve market success.”

An ambitious goal

Under the working name, “STC 911”,

the sights were set on the development

of a completely new type of

electrical analysis, which due to the

first ever combination of determined

analysis values with matching parameter

settings, would allow individual

therapy. ATV Elektronik was included

Valuable practical tips

The themes of the event extend from

future production trends to streamlined

mechanical engineering production

models, savings potential

through the optimisation of company

resources, innovative service

business models, innovation management

and industrial design, to

sustainable human resources development

and company financing. The

primary target group are decisionmakers

from the areas of management,

production, development/design,

logistics, services and corporate

strategy.

www.mechatronik-cluster.at �

CLUSTERLAND UPPER AUSTRIA

Healing on an

individual wavelength

Three Upper Austrian project partners, who were brought together

by the Health Cluster, have brought innovative power to electrotherapy.

Their new system facilitates cause-related treatment that is

therefore perfectly in line with actual, therapeutic requirements.

in the project and entrusted with the

hardware concept and the technical

design, while “experten only” Kirchebner

und Pointner dealt with the

software. MRD Physicom provided

the medical-therapy concept.

Following an intensive development

year, the project was concluded at

the end of March 2006. In future, patients

will only be treated with the

therapeutic, electrical impulses that

actually have a positive effect on

their bodies. The next development

phase involving a project in the direction

of energetic system therapy

has also already been determined.

www.gesundheits-cluster.at �

The mechanical engineering future

Future mechanical engineering trends, streamlined production models, savings potential, innovation

management and much more besides, are the topics of the MC forum „Challenges for the mechanical

engineering future“ which is to be held in Linz on January 16, 2007.

The attendees at the MC Forum

on January 16, 2007, will secure

an information lead concerning

the topic of the “mechanical

engineering future”.

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HEALTH

at the press of a button

On line? The www.gesundheitsurlaub.at webpage now has a completely

new look. Just in time for a feel-good winter, the Upper Austrian health sector is showing

itself at its best and scoring with clarity, service and top offers.

In particular, the Upper Austrian

spas, which are the leading wellness

suppliers under the banner,

“Landscapes for passions”, are

strongly represented. The Eurotherme

resort Bad Schallerbach, the Imperial

Spa Bad Ischl, the Gugerbauer

Wellness Hotel, the Kneipp- & Health

Centre of the Brothers of Mercy,

the Bad Leonfelden Vital & Kurhotel,

the Bad Zell spa, the Tassilo spa in

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Tel. 0732/221022, E-Mail: info@oberoesterreich.at

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Bad Hall, the Geinberg spa and

Kneipp houses of the Carmelite Sisters

of Mary Immaculate, all provide

information concerning their specialities

and wellness offers.

In addition, full, on-the-spot information

regarding the various wellness

hotels is also available along

with details about the top wellness

offers.

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