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2016 Export Awards winners: voestalpine AG


Since 1994 the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy have been presenting Export Awards to Austrian companies for their exceptional success on international markets. This year’s special ‘Global Player Award’ went to voestalpine AG.

voestalpine AG is a true global player: with some 48,400 staff employed at 500 locations in over 50 countries, it has a presence on every continent and achieved sales of EUR 11.1 billion in the financial year 2015/2016.

The Linz steel manufacturers’ growth – in the face of challenging global economic circumstances and falling steel prices – is all down to its focus on premium products. CEO Wolfgang Eder also points to the company’s strong position in the still prosperous car building, rail infrastructure and aircraft manufacturing industries, with voestalpine a supplier to the likes of Airbus, BMW, Porsche and Bentley. The company is also the current market leader in points technology, specialist trackwork, tool steel and special profiles.

The annual ‘Global Player Award’ recognises companies that have achieved an outstanding position on the global market and established a comprehensive sales network abroad while playing a pioneering role in a sector or country.