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Winners of the 2020 us-a-biz awards

February 24, 2020

The US-A-Biz Awards are bestowed every year to recognize outstanding achievements by Austrian companies in the highly competitive U.S. market. This year’s winners, picked by a jury together with ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, the Austrian Trade Commission in Los Angeles, are: Mostly AI, Wintersteiger, MIBA, KTM, Pankl Racing and arx anima

The other nominees, which all achieved exceptional success on the US-market, were: Andmetics GmbH, Alpha Republic GmbH/Neoh, Noodles Agency GmbH, AMAG Austria Metall AG, FACC AG, Jerich Austria GmbH, Novomatic AG, pewag Austria GmbH, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH, SKIDATA AG, BeMo Tunnelling GmbH, FerRobotics Compliant Robot Technology GmbH, Frequentis AG, Parkside Informationstechnologie GmbH, Atomic Austria GmbH, Künz GmbH, Starlinger & Co. GmbH, bitmovin GmbH, JK Design GmbH, TTTech Computertechnik AG


The tenth US-A-BIZ AWARDS ceremony was held on February 7, 2020 (the Friday before the Academy Awards), at the Red Bull Headquarters in Santa Monica. Twentysix innovative companies competed in six categories over the reputable business trophy. Many representatives of the Austrian companies flew in for the ceremony from Austria or from their US-offices.


Here are some more details about the winners:


The category Startup was won by
Mostly AI Solutions MP GmbH, Vienna - This company has been recognized as the "Most Innovative Start-up" in the "Enterprise 2.0" program of the world's largest accelerators, Plug and Play. Mostly AI masters the challenges of big data, artificial intelligence and privacy protection. The data they obtain are strictly anonymized yet remain valuable at the same time. This Austrian knowhow is particularly useful for banks, insurance companies and health organizations and is being used by Microsoft as well.

The category Investment was won by
Wintersteiger AG, Ried im Innkreis, Upper Austria - This full service equipment supplier for winter sports rentals and service shops based in Ried / Innkreis is the world market leader and also a top name in the USA with a market share of over 60 percent. All best ski resorts in North America such as Aspen, Vail, Park City, Whistler Mountain, and Heavenly Valley increasingly swear by the Wintersteiger service. Wintersteiger also prepared the racing skis for the entire US ski team and always got them perfectly ready for the racing season.

The category Innovation was won by
MIBA Aktiengesellschaft, Laakirchen, Upper Austria - The US is the reason for the incredible growth surge of the Upper Austrian car supplier MIBA AG. In 2019, three production plants in Texas, Nebraska and Wisconsin - acquired from the John Crane Group - were successfully integrated into the MIBA Group and with those MIBA has now 8 locations in the US. Austrian Know-How, Made in USA.

The category Trendsetter was won by
KTM AG, Mattighofen, Upper Austria - Europe's largest motorcycle manufacturer has just launched two groundbreaking innovative products - the first of their kind in these sports - on the US market. The first is the next generation freeride electric motorcycle, which is equipped with industry-leading technology. The second is a mini electric bike, which will drastically reduce the hurdles for starting motorcycle racing. This is simply a game changer.

The category Market Footprint was won by
Pankl Racing Systems AG, Kapfenberg, Stmk - The world market leader Pankl in the field of engine and drive components in racing is strongly represented in Formula 1, Formula E, as well as in NASCAR and IRL.  The recently founded Additive Manufacturing Competence Center has now reached a new level. Thanks to the 58 percent lighter and flow-optimized titanium exhaust system, a Porsche set a speed record of 365 km/h. A high-tech Pankl intake allows Porsche 991 turbos to reach1200 HP (horsepower).

The category Spectacular was won by
arx anima animation studio GmbH, Vienna - arx anima produced the series Talking Tom & Friends, which became a No. 1 hit in the USA. Talking Tom is now very popular on youtube kids and is the number one series for the target group of 6-11 year olds with almost 10.4 million subscribers. The protagonist, tomcat "Tom" gets his voice from Colin Hanks, while the clumsy dog "Hank" is voiced by Tom Kenny. Netflix also streams the Talking Tom series and now offers it in several languages. An Austrian eagle in the Hollywood lion’s den.

And in the very special category Majestic
Red Bull North America, also picked up an award. For over 30 years Red Bull has been giving wings to customers in 170 countries worldwide and sold 2.7 billion (!) cans in 2019 alone. Also, Red Bull Media House in Santa Monica inspires more and more enthusiastic fans every day with extraordinary and fascinating stories from sports, culture and lifestyle. Red Bull is Austria's top exporter to the USA.

For further information, please feel free to contact ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Los Angeles .

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March 2, 2020