Export Prizes 2021: a spotlight on Austria’s top exporters

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA has been honouring Austrian companies whose international involvement promotes economic development, prosperity and employment.

© Frank Helmrich Photographie
© Frank Helmrich Photographie

The Austrian Export Prizes for 2021 were awarded on 29 June as part of Exporters’ Nite, a prestigious evening event that shines an annual spotlight on Austria’s top exporters. The Export Prizes honour the exceptional involvement and success achieved by Austrian entrepreneurs on international markets.

The awards are made on the basis of recent years’ export figures in a range of categories, and if a company has carved out a strong niche for itself on the world’s markets, it will also be in the running for the Global Player Award, while the Expat Award is presented to an individual for services to Austria’s foreign trade.

The Global EcoVision Award goes to companies that have made a contribution to environmental conservation and/or climate protection.

Austrian Export Prizes 2021 – the award-winners: 

Business & Trade
Gold: Frauscher Sensortechnik GmbH 
Silber: Neuhofer Holz GmbH
Bronze: KECKEX GmbH


Gold: niceshops GmbH
Silber: agromed Austria GmbH
Bronze: Gantner Pigeon Systems GmbH


Gold: EREMA GmbH - EREMA Engineering
Gold: Greiner Bio-One GmbH
Bronze: Kotányi GmbH


Information & Consulting
Gold: GoStudent GmbH
Silber: Wastewater Solutions Group GmbH
Bronze:  Augmensys GmbH


 Transportation & Transport
Gold: Gebrüder Weiss Gesellschaft m.b.H.
Silber: Felbermayr Transport- und Hebetechnik GmbH & Co KG
Bronze: Pink Aviation Services Luftverkehrsunternehmen GmbH & Co KG


The Global Player Award was presented to Palfinger AG. This international technology and mechanical engineering firm is the world’s leading provider of cranes and lifting gear solutions. With some 11,000 staff, 34 manufacturing facilities and a global sales and servicing network boasting more than 5,000 support centres, this Austrian corporation is always just around the corner for its clients and is considered one of the most innovative players on the global market. Palfinger has been listed on stock exchanges since 1999 and achieved a turnover of more than EUR 1.5 billion in 2020.

The Expat Award goes to Günter Hörtler, the Director of Plasser Far East Ltd. China (Hong Kong). Plasser & Theurer is a globally leading Austrian manufacturer of railtrack maintenance and track-laying machines. Hailing from Vienna, Günter Hörtler has been working for Plasser & Theurer in Hong Kong since 1995 and was promoted to Director in 2001. In addition to managing the Far East (Hong Kong, Macao, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea) branch of the firm with great success, as a Chinese-speaker and excellent networker with an impressive reputation for promoting Austrian events and enterprises in the region, he has become one of the best-known expat Austrians in Asia.

binderholz has won the Global EcoVision Award for its ‘INTRO Project in Cleveland’. The binderholz brand-name harks back to the Binder family who founded it as a reliable one-stop provider for everything relating to lumber, and some 3,000 staff produce top-quality wood solutions at its 14 production facilities in Austria, Germany, Finland and the USA. An innovative timber construction project of great ecological value is due to be delivered in Ohio over the next two years with the completion of a 9-storey apartment building in Cleveland at a cost of EUR 130 million. It will be the largest solid wood edifice in the USA, requiring 5,650m³ of binderholz’s BBS laminate and 1,500m³ of the company’s cross-laminated timber, sourced from sustainable forestry.