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Getzner Werkstoffe: on to South America following success in Asia

4 April 2012

The Austrians produce materials for vibration isolation and are among the world's leading companies in this sector.

Ever since 1969 renowned clients from the fields of railways, construction and industry have put their trust in the experience of Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH , a company which employs around 300 people and recently generated revenue of EUR 56m.

Getzner is a world leader in developing materials which reduce and isolate vibrations. Elastic elements are used, for example, to protect rail systems, buildings and machines from vibrations. The family-run company generates output of around 8,000 tonnes a year, with foreign sales accounting for 80% of production.

Now the high-tech manufacturer has its sights set on South America, Brazil in particular. Here the primary interest is in underground rail systems in the large cities and all heavy-duty rail tracks. The Middle East also looks highly promising: the company is hoping for orders in the infrastructure sector from major events such as the football World Cup in Qatar.

Getzner already operates very successfully in Asia: the business in China, where the company is heavily involved in the high-speed rail network, already accounts for 15% of total revenues. Overall one in four euros of revenue comes from Asia. There are also promising signs emerging from India where the company has been investing for the past 3 years.