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2018 Export awards winners: Fronius International GmbH

9. August 2018

The annual export prizes recognise the extraordinary achievements of Austrian companies on international markets. They have been awarded by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs since 1994. This year’s special ‘Global Player Award’ went to Fronius International GmbH.

The Global Player Award is presented annually to companies that have established a strong position on the global market, building up an efficient network of contacts abroad and breaking new ground in their sector or on a new export market. Fronius International GmbH has fulfilled all these criteria with ease.

The Fronius story is impressive. A passion for new technology and a deep commitment to research and innovation have helped the Austrian company become a global leader. Its welding, solar cell and battery-charging technologies have made it a byword for innovation in energy monitoring and management and it is the absolute world leader in automated welding. Fronius’ arc welding and resistance welding technology is considered the world’s most advanced by some margin.

Fronius is an archetypal global market player, with 30 subsidiaries and sales partners complemented by representation in a further 60 countries. The family firm currently employs in excess of 4,550 staff, turning over some EUR 647 million and exporting 91% of its output. Its international rise to success began in the 1990s with the establishment of subsidiaries in Germany, Norway and Switzerland, followed by the USA, Brazil and other countries, most recently the UAE, Netherlands, Japan and Hong Kong.