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Advantage Austria celebrates 45 years in Dublin

31 May 2012

On 31 May 2012 Advantage Austria celebrated its 45th anniversary in Dublin with a delegation from Austria and over eighty invited guests from the Austrian-Irish business community.   

The staff of Advantage Austria Dublin headed by Commercial Counsellor Wilhelm Nest was joined by the Austrian delegation, made up of the President of the Carinthian Economic Chamber Franz Pacher, staff members and a group of Austrian journalists. Over eighty invited guests from the Austrian-Irish business community also attended.

Advantage Austria, then known as the Austrian Trade Commission, began operations in Dublin in 1967. Since then seven Commercial Counsellors have served terms of between five and eight years in Dublin. The remit of Advantage Austria is to serve the international interests of over 400,000 Austrian companies.

The visiting delegation came to Ireland on a mission to promote trade between Ireland and the Austrian Federal State of Carinthia. They visited Glen Dimplex – partner of Carinthian solar panel manufacturer GREENoneTec and viewed iconic Carinthian projects such as the West Link Toll Bridge (North) built by construction company Strabag and the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow, that was fitted out by Robert Wolte.

Commercial Counsellor Wilhelm Nest was proud to show the delegation these projects: “Carinthia is a region comparable with the west of Ireland and as a Carinthian myself, I am particularly pleased to point to such impressive achievements by companies from my home region”.

The visit was widely reported in the media in Carinthia. Click here to watch the report on the evening news programme "Kärnten heute":
Visit to Ireland by Carinthian Economic Chamber

At the reception, Austrian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr. Walter Hagg, presented two Global Energy Awards to the winners from Ireland and India.

The winner for Ireland, Seamus Hoyne, is Acting Head of the Department of Technology, Media and Science at the Limerick Institute of Technology, Tipperary. Mr. Hoyne received the Energy Globe Award for the SERVE project – Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village Environment. This project aims to implement sustainable energy actions in the north Tipperary region. It involves the complete retrofitting of 400 homes and 20 commercial buildings and the creation of an Cloughjordan, an eco-village with 132 eco-buildings powered by Ireland’s first renewable energy district heating system.

The winner for India is Dr. Bhaskar Sen Gupta, a Reader in Environmental Engineering at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast. Dr. Sen Gupta was awarded the Energy Globe Award for his cost-efficient and chemical-free system of arsenic removal for community water supplies. Having spent the early part of his professional career in Calcutta, India, Dr. Sengupta’s interest in finding a simple and affordable solution to this problem was triggered by a death in the family caused by arsenic poisoning. The aim is to implement this technology in at least thirty countries.

Advantage Austria is part of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. The Dublin office is part of a network of 110 offices in 70 countries around the world.