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Federal minister Leichtfried acknowledges innovative, Styrian technology companies

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Whilst in Styria at the end of July, Mag. Jörg Leichtfried, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, took the opportunity to pay a visit to innovative Styrian technology companies.28.07.2017
In Raaba-Grambach, a town located near Graz, he was a guest of both the VTU group and BDI – BioEnergy. Both companies have been on a path to growth for several years and they currently employ over 200 highly-qualified members of staff, most of them in the field of process engineering.

Leichtfried commended the ranges of services offered by bother companies, and subsequently inspected their research and development departments. Across over 3,000 m2 of laboratory area fitted with the latest equipment, including a technical hall for carrying out pilot projects, innovative processes are developed for use in the industry, as well as for their own purposes and on behalf of customers. Their main focus lies within the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, in the domains of crude oil and natural gas, as well as generating energy from by-products and waste material. The state-of-the-art facilities on the company premises of both VTU and BDI mean all stages of the development process are consistent, from the laboratory stage, through to conducting pilot projects and all the way to the production stage. The two companies also benefit from a close collaboration in the area of research and development.

“We support homegrown businesses in developing new technology, which in turn enables them to become leaders on an international scale. VTU and BDI are two exemplary Styrian companies, leading the way in research on the global level, and thus creating important job opportunities within our country. That’s something we are proud of”, explains Minister Leichtfried.

“The VTU group owns over 100 registered patents,” explains Robert Schwarz, managing director of VTU, “it is necessary to have both highly-qualified employees and top-class facilities, such as we have at our corporate headquarters in order to make use of our patents and produce innovative ideas which are viable in reality – through development and scaling-up, innovative end products are created.”
“For over 20 years, BDI have been able to count on their employee’s expertise,” claims Mr. Markus Dielacher, certified engineer, member of the Executive Board and CTO at BDI. “By using technology we have developed in-house, we were able to expand our expertise to become a leading specialised plant manufacturer.”



f.l.t.r.: Karl Mayrhold (Mayor Raaba-Grambach), Dr. Friedrich Fröschl (CEO VTU Holding), DI Robert Schwarz (CEO VTU Holding), Mag. Jörg Leichtfried (Federal Minister bmvit), Ing. Markus Dielacher (Managing Board, CTO BDI), Mag. Andreas Ehart (Managing Board, CFO BDI),
Dr. Peter Gspaltl (Vice Mayor Raaba-Grambach)
Picture: BDI

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