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Austrian companies profiting from the Olympics

3 September 2012

The London Olympics were responsible for prestigious and lucrative orders running into double-digit millions in the run-up to the games.

Over the past few years London has been sprucing itself up for the Olympic Games, with correspondingly high investments. And more than a dozen Austrian companies have also benefited. Numerous infrastructure projects, lighting solutions and energy concepts have all been realised – some with breathtaking order volumes:

voestalpine supplied the steel for Wembley Stadium while Wiehag provided the timber for Great Britain’s largest swimming pool, the Sunderland Aquatic Centre. Seele Austria fitted the roof of the Olympic Stadium, while Waagner-Biro roofed the Westfield Shopping Centre Stratford with a steel-glass construction as well as producing the steel for a bridge between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquapark. GIG Fassaden was responsible for the facades for the Stratford shopping centre and apartment buildings in the Olympic Village, while Zumtobel , XAL and Bartenbach ensure that the areas in and around the stadium are perfectly lit.

The Metropolitan Police is using communication technology by Frequentis . Umdasch established multiple flagship stores for international fashion labels in the Westfield Stratford shopping centre near the Olympic Park. Rhomberg Bahntechnik supplied the system technology and surveying services for the Docklands Light Railway. Combined heat and power plants from GE Jenbacher running on natural gas supplied numerous Olympic venues and TiSun supplied solar collectors for the wildwater park in Hertfordshire.

One outstanding Austrian highlight is the London Cable Car, a ropeway made by Doppelmayr . Sponsored by Emirates Air, the cable car connects Greenwich and the Docklands across the Thames with 34 gondolas.