ANDRITZ becomes a new shareholder of the Green Tech Cluster
The international technology group ANDRITZ takes a shareholding in the Green Tech Cluster, further strengthening Styria as a hotspot for energy and environmental technology innovation. As an industry leader, the group wants to promote digital initiatives and collaboration with entrepreneurial companies within the cluster. The Green Tech Cluster is also growing further, and has reached 200 members for the first time.
Commenting on the shareholding, Dr. Wolfgang Leitner, Chairman of the Management Board of ANDRITZ AG, stated that: “The ANDRITZ GROUP generates around 45 to 50% of its total revenues from plant and process technology that generate energy from renewable resources. The shareholding in the Green Tech Cluster allows us to drive forward the digital initiatives in our four business sectors, in collaboration with business start-ups and already established companies.” In particular, the Styrian flagship company will help shape the digital agenda of the cluster and increase technology cooperation.
Cluster players pack a collective punch
As a public-private partnership, the shareholders of the cluster are made up from the five companies, ANDRITZ, Binder + Co, e² engineering, KWB and SFL technologies, together with the public sector partners, the Styrian Economic Development Agency (SFG – Steirische Wirtschaftsförderung), the State of Styria and the City of Graz. As the State Economic Minister, MMag.a Barbara Eibinger-Miedl notes: “The close collaboration between industry leaders, innovative SMEs and our research facilities, proactively practised by the Green Tech Cluster over many years, is fundamental to Styria punching well above its weight. This creates new products, new services and new jobs for the location of Styria. I am delighted that ANDRITZ AG is actively shaping the further development of the cluster as a shareholder.”
200 members reached for the first time
The number of members in the cluster has also grown strongly. For the first time, there are now 200 industry and research partners working in the field of green innovation. As Cluster Managing Director Ing. Bernhard Puttinger, MBA, explains, it is all down to “Keeping a close ear to the customer to sustain and grow our services, such as idea generation, innovation projects, preparation of reports on market opportunities and technology trends and the generation of tailor-made industry contacts.” As the customer surveys confirm, the cluster is recognised for its expertise, commitment, future perspective, innovation capability and contacts.
Where green innovation grows
With 20 leaders in technology only one hour’s drive apart, the State of Styria is a global hotspot for environmental technology. Companies located here grow almost twice as fast as world market averages. The Green Tech Cluster has repeatedly been ranked the world’s no.1 Environmental Technology Cluster.
Mag. Andreas Pompenig
Green Tech Cluster
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