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14 March 2014

Business was humming at the Energy Show 2014 in Dublin (12-13 March). The number of leads was well up on last year. Advantage Austria had the largest pavilion once again, with eight Austrian companies and their Irish agents exhibiting.

The exhibitors at Advantage Austria were extremely happy with the response from the Irish trade visitors. Wilhelm Nest, Austrian Commercial Counsellor summed it up: “We’ve had a jump in leads over last year and the quality of the queries is also impressive. The Irish visitors have done their research and they know what they want. The cost of energy is a big topic and the Irish want to drive costs. They see renewables as the way to achieve that, and that’s why they come to us.”

Austrian SMEs embraced renewables early, after the oil shocks of the 1970s. They realised that renewables presented lucrative new business opportunities in niche areas and started developing products long before others.

Today Austrian SMEs are world leaders in biomass, incl. wood pellet boilers, solar thermal, photovoltaic, and geothermal heat pumps. World leadership can be put down to a strong engineering tradition - the engineer is the most respected profession in Austria! The result is that over 1,000 Austrian companies are known as "hidden champions" - leaders in their respective niches, many of these renewables.

To find our more about why Austria is so good at renewables, watch this short film:
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The exhibitors were:
IDM Energiesysteme GmbH
Seblas 16-18
9971 Matrei in Osttirol/Austria
T: +43 487561720
Contact: Thomas Hechenbichler

Irish Partner:
Alternative Heat Ltd.
11 Burrenreagh Road
Co. Down, NI
T: +44 28 437 70700
Contact: Eamon Clarke

KWB–Kraft und Wärme aus Biomasse
Industriestr. 235
8321 St. Margarethen a. d. Raab/Austria
T: +43 31156116 0
Contact: Martin Seifried

Irish Partner:
Original Heating Ltd.
Brook Hall Estate
65-67 Culmore Road
Londonderry, NI
T: +44 2871358215
Contact: Eddie Meenan

OCHSNER Wärmepumpen
Ochsnerstr. 1
3350 Haag/Austria
T: +43 504245240
Contact: Diana Hertl

Irish Partner:
OCHSNER Ireland Eurotech Renewables
Rossullus Walk, Castleblayney
Co. Monaghan
T: +353 42 9749513
Contact: Gerard Duffy

Varotherm Heizsysteme
Günselsdorferstraße 3a
2544 Leobersdorf/Austria
T: +43 2256 648 70-0
Contact: Peter Sullivan

Irish Partner:
HWI Sustainable Building
2 Avoca Woods
Co. Dublin
T: +353 86 2426967
Contact: Peter Sullivan

ETA Heiztechnik
Gewerbepark 1
4716 Hofkirchen an der Trattnach/Austria
T: +43 77342288 0
Contact: Christian Malecz

Herz Energietechnik GmbH
Herzstrasse 1
7423 Pinkafeld/Austria
T: +43 335 42840234
Contact: Wolfgang Karlovits

Kohlbach Group
Grazer Str. 23
A-9400 Wolfsberg/Austria
T: +43 435221570
Contact: Markus Schranzer

Steinringer Ofenbau GmbH
Andreas Hoferstrasse 1A
9900 Lienz/Austria
T: +43 4852 731000
Contact: Klaus Steinringer