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1 Returns to: Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Wirtschaftskammer-Platz 1, 3100 St. Pölten Niederösterreichische The newspaper of the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce WEST NORD SÜD Lower Austria Logisticians are increasingly using the possibility of digitization Future trends, visions and industry news were presented at the ninth Lower Austrian Logistics Day. Pages 4 and 5 Österreichische Post AG WZ 14Z W Chamber of Commerce Niederösterreich, Wirtschaftskammer-Platz 1, 3100 St. Pölten chilled beats VIP lounge outlook network 50 years of JW Lower Austria ive music review interview party cocktails ukunft buffet acrobatics showacts Celebrate with us! Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m. VIP lounge in the NV Arena Bimbo Binder Promenade St. Pölten Registration: Austria's largest wellness fair Photo: Gerald Lechner Current: Forum for women entrepreneurs: Power women on the rise Pages 6, 7, 34 and Oct. Messe Tulln around 200 exhibitors 30 lectures

2 2 NÖWI magazine personally: multiple jubilee company Öllinger 70 years of Lower Austria Chamber of Labor 90 years of transport, 40 years of earthworks and 20 years of petrol station Reason enough to properly honor the multiple jubilee: WKNÖ Vice President Christian Moser (right) and the Scheibbs district office chairwoman Erika Pruckner (left) congratulated (from left) Hermi and Franz Öllinger senior, Franz Öllinger jun. and Veronika Doppler. The company Öllinger (3262 Wang) has developed over the years into one of the most versatile providers in the region: In addition to the petrol station with washing facilities and transport, the company also offers earthworks and dredging. From the content Topic: Lower Austria Logistic Day Lower Austria Entrepreneurship Forum in Krems 6-7 EPU breakfast series: Start in Horn 8 Industry forum in the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber 9 Lower Austria Professional Photography Award 10 Young Business Becomes EuroSkills: Interview with Hungary's Economic Delegate 13 Austria European Creative Industries Summit - ECIS More university places 15 Service Photo: Patricia Luger Innovation as a success factor for companies Innovation portfolio of TIP NÖ 18 NDU exhibition moves to Vorarlberg 19 trainer congress in WIFI Lower Austria 22 dates, bankruptcies On the occasion of the 70th birthday of the AKNÖ, many guests came to the workers' center in St. Pölten. Social partnership is lived in Lower Austria. Associated with this anniversary is the mandate that the social partnership not only has a long tradition, but should also have a good future, says Johanna Mikl-Leitner. In the picture from left: WKNÖ Vice Presidents Thomas Schaden and Dieter Lutz, AKNÖ President Markus Wieser, Lower Austria Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Thomas Salzer, WKNÖ Division Chairperson Industry and IV Lower Austria President, and WKNÖ Vice President Josef Breiter. Sectors Lower Austrian building price for the Franz company restaurant 26 Trade and craft 27 Industry 29 Tourism & leisure industry 30 Trade 31 Information and consulting 33 Districts 34 Kleiner Anzeiger 47 Mixed colors 48 Photo: Alexandra Kromus / AKNÖ FIRMEN- MEMBERSHIP Now 3 months up to free! * * For new members for 2019: Membership for Oct, Nov, Dec 2018 is free. Offer only valid with valid, paid membership up to the imprint: Owner, publisher and publisher: Lower Austria Chamber of Commerce. Place of publication and production: St. Pölten. Disclosure: wko.at/noe/offenlege. Editor: Dr. Arnold Stivanello, Mag.Birgit Sorger, Christian Buchar, Mag.Andreas Steffl, Mag.Gregor Lohfink, Astrid Hofmann, Barbara Pullirsch, Christoph Kneissl. Graphic: Ersan Ismani. All Wirtschaftskammer-Platz 1, 3100 St. Pölten, T 02742 / E For all personal designations, the chosen form applies to both genders. Reprinting of articles, including extracts, is permitted; However, this does not apply to articles marked by name. Advertisement relevance: 1st half of 2018: Print run print: NP Druck Gesellschaft m.b.h., Gutenbergstrasse 12, 3100 St. Pölten, T 02742/802. Letters to the communications management of the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Wirtschaftskammer-Platz 1, 3100 St. Pölten. Complaints about delivery to the nearest post office. Ad management: Mediacontacta Ges.m.b.H., Teinfaltstraße 1, 1010 Vienna, T 01 /, F 01 / / 33 91, ISDN 01 /, E

3 3 Number of the week 400 kilometers is the range of the first hydrogen bus in Austria, which will be in test operation for three weeks on the route between Vienna Airport and the city of Vienna. According to Statistics Austria, 21 hydrogen-powered vehicles were in use in Austria at the end of August. Comment Tenth year of polytechnics avoids dead ends By WKNÖ President Sonja Zwazl In the course of the debates about the federal government's new education package, one essential point has been neglected far too much: the reintroduction of a voluntary tenth year of compulsory schooling at our polytechnic schools! This opens up an important additional opportunity for young people who may have taken the wrong turn on their educational path and deserve a second chance. The permeability in the education system is strengthened, current dead ends due to an unsuitable choice of school are avoided. At the same time, the possibility of voluntary repetition strengthens the aspect of professional orientation in schools, which is also particularly important for Lower Austria's companies in view of the existing shortage of skilled workers. The WKNÖ demand for a compulsory subject of vocational orientation at all types of schools, especially at the AHS, will of course remain in place. I also see the ability groups planned in the middle schools in the future as positive. Every compulsory school leaver must of course have skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic and basic digital skills. At the same time, however, it is and will remain the constant challenge of our school system to provide the students with the best possible support and, in particular, to optimally develop their individual strengths and talents. Because not the weaknesses, but the respective personal talents are the key to success. Photo: Gabriele Moser Regional economy: Welser Profile is one of the largest roll formers in Europe Welser Profile developed from an Austrian regional company into an internationally active group. With the focus on the production of roll-formed open special profiles, welded profile tubes and complete profile systems made of steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous metals (non-ferrous metals), the rapid growth of the family company, founded in 1664, began in 1960. With four production sites in Gresten (A), Ybbsitz (A), Bönen (D) and Valley City (Ohio, USA) as well as international sales offices worldwide, Welser Profile is one of the largest roll profilers in Europe today. The Gresten plant has now been invited to the open day. From left: Mayors Leopold Latschbacher (Gresten-Land) and Wolfgang Fahrnberger (Gresten-Markt), Managing Director Andreas Welser, Managing Director Thomas Welser, WKNÖ President Sonja Zwazl, Member of the State Parliament Anton Erber as well Managing Director Nicolas Longin. Photo: Welser Profiles and über Menschen took the opportunity to take a look at everyday company life. Managing Director Thomas Welser was able to show WKNÖ President Sonja Zwazl through the plant, among other guests of honor. Sonja Zwazl and I are in the same vein when it comes to the shortage of skilled workers and apprentices: Events such as the open day are necessary to attract and retain young people and skilled workers in our region. In addition, we have to further improve the image of teaching and make young people understand that they can be proud of what they have learned and achieve every day, says the managing director. International economy: D: Tobacco business stabilizes Berlin (APA / dpa) After years of shrinking, the number of tobacco-growing businesses in Germany has stabilized. It was a laborious process, but we have now consolidated and are optimistic, says Sven Plaeschke, Managing Director of the Federal Association of German Tobacco Growers. This is due in particular to the booming tobacco market for water pipes. Around 96 percent of German tobacco ended up in a shisha sooner or later. Iran expects difficult times Tehran (APA / Reuters) Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has prepared his compatriots for difficult times. The state of the nation, the region and the world is delicate, especially for our Iranian people, said Khamenei in his speech to tens of thousands of members of the Basij militia and leading representatives of the Revolutionary Guard in Tehran, which was broadcast on state television. He referred to the pressure from the United States and the country's economic problems. Less growth in East Asia Manila (APA / Reuters) Because of the simmering trade conflicts, the World Bank expects less economic growth in the East Asia-Pacific region. In 2019 and 2020 it will only be enough for an increase of 6.0 percent, according to the forecast. For this year, 6.3 percent are expected, after it was 6.6 percent in 2017.

4 4 Topic On land, on water and in the air Future trends, best practice examples and the successful use of digitization in the industry were presented and discussed at the ninth Lower Austrian Logistics Day. by Barbara Pullirsch The biggest logistical challenge in my company is during the grape harvest. Depending on the weather, we have to react quickly, the material has to be available, everything has to be ready, Sonja Dopler illustrated how her company benefits from logistics. At the ninth Lower Austrian Logistics Day in the VIP Terminal of Vienna Airport, the managing partner of the Dopler winery and wine merchant spoke about her Sonja Dopler, wine merchant and managing partner of the Dopler winery. Photos: Emese Benkö personal experience in the company. Around 30 percent of the wine produced is sold on the farm, the rest is ordered. And these orders are expected within twelve to 36 hours. Which is why deliveries to wholesalers in particular are made via a forwarding agency. Gerhard Schödinger, Member of the Lower Austrian State Parliament, also emphasized how important the topic of logistics is for everyday needs. Günther Ofner, Managing Director of Vienna Airport, also supported this claim: the number of passengers doubled every ten years. The aircraft are getting bigger and lighter, so the land-based infrastructure has to keep pace with them. That is why we will invest diligently in the years to come. The entire region is to be coordinated as the Vienna Airport Region. An additional motorway exit would then be required for this. And since infrastructure projects have a long lead time, the pace has to be picked up. Sustainability and short transport routes For Markus Rohrdorfer, Managing Director of Rohrdorfer Baustoffe Austria, concrete is the prerequisite for modern infrastructure. His company transports around eight million tons of sand and gravel in Lower Austria: We are a local supplier, our transport distance is less than 35 kilometers. He sees three challenges in logistics: It is difficult to get qualified personnel, the volume of traffic is increasing and it is not always possible to get raw materials from the region. But not only about the transport routes in the air and on land, but also about the waterways. Gerhard Gussmagg, Managing Director of Rhenus Donauhafen Krems, astonished the audience when he announced that he was happy about bad weather: When it rains, more water comes into the Danube and we can drive fully loaded. Especially in inland shipping you have to be flexible, because every year is different, low water in summer is not uncommon. Nevertheless, the availability of the Danube in 2017 was 96.2 percent. Our port has become extremely important for wind power. Nobody thought of that 15 years ago, says Gussmagg. And so, in addition to vehicles from China, paper, cellulose and steel products, huge parts of wind turbines are temporarily stored in Krems. Logistics trends and best practice examples The logistics day is important in order to get ideas and inputs for your company, to network with the important players, to learn about future trends and best practice examples, is Alfred Wolfram, WKNÖ deputy chairman Transport and traffic, convinced. And these important topics were dealt with in rapid succession at the event. Johannes Rieder, managing partner of Deufol Austria Management, demonstrated with a video clip from left: Werner Pracherstorfer (Head of the Department of General Transport Affairs, State of Lower Austria), Franz Maier (President Environment Association), Markus Stumvoll (Managing Director Rohrdorfer Baustoffe Austria), Klaus Schierhackl (Director ASFINAG Motorways, expressways financing), Hirut Grossberger (researcher at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences), Günther Ofner (director of the Vienna Airport board), Christian Moser (WKNÖ vice-president), Roman Stiftner (president of the BLV Federal Association of Logistics Austria) and Wolfgang Kubesch (managing director of the BLV).

5 From left: Walter Hitziger (board member Austrian Post), Lynne Goulding (principal analyst Frost & Sullivan London), moderator Nikolas Hartig and Friedrich Dungl (managing director of Lower Austria Pressehaus Druck-Verlag). Photo: Emese Benkö the company's packaging bus. The world's largest packaging manufacturer often had the problem that their tool bus could not drive to the machines to be packed because they were in halls that were difficult to access. In order to bridge such distances, lifting platforms are now used, and the material arrives directly at the workplace. Supply chains and digitization Wolfgang Stölzle, Managing Director of the University of St. Gallen, reported on unforeseeable situations that can occur in supply chains. In June 2014 there was a bottleneck in the delivery of Coca Cola in Switzerland. Soccer World Cup and a very hot summer came together here. The professor for logistics management advises companies to invest specifically in digitization. The world is changing through urbanization, individualization, demographic change and technologies. Companies should consider where they stand and whether they have gaps in digitization. Often there is no vision of where to go with digitization. According to the renowned scientist, one should perceive the actual needs with keen eyes and not maneuver into every adventure. In logistics, too, the possibilities will change significantly as a result of digitization, explains Walter Hitzinger, board member of Austrian Post. He sums it up: If we turn back the time and ask the question: How will the use of electricity work? Then it is very similar to when we ask now: What will digitization bring? Currently interview with WKNÖ Vice President Christian Moser What future trends do you see in the field of logistics for Lower Austria? In my opinion, there is a trend towards neutral solutions for the last mile. It makes no sense to drive with delivery vans, it should be bundled together. In addition to white label boxes, i.e. neutral boxes that are located at train stations and can be delivered by anyone, there could also be an association of delivery services. What advantages can outsourcing logistics activities bring to a company? Basically, it makes sense for a company to outsource logistics: If its own capacities are not being used to the full or if logistics is not my core business. You should concentrate on this and leave other areas to professionals. What does digitalization bring for the logistics industry? Digitization must never be an end in itself, but a tool to support the business strategy. Humans should not be a slave to digitization. Entrepreneurs should think carefully about where it makes sense to use digitization. Does every package really have to be scanned, or is it enough to scan every pallet? one deals with the image in the branch. When it comes to logistics, everyone thinks of truck drivers, but the industry is much more than that: a rapidly growing branch of industry, affirmed Roman Stiftner, President of the Federal Association of Logistics Austria (BLV). That is why one wants to convey the quality of the logistical performance to the outside world with an umbrella brand. Austrian Logistics was founded by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology together with the FSVO, the Federation of Industry, the Network Logistics Association, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the Central Association of Forwarding & Logistics. On the sidelines of the Lower Austrian Logistics Day, a women's network in the more male-dominated industry was also pointed out: Information on the subject is available from the WKNÖ Transport Policy Department at wko.at/noe/vp Photo: WKNÖ Right: The newly built m 2 large The warehouse at cargo-partner was inspected as part of the logistics day. Photo: Barbara Pullirsch

6 6 Lower Austria From left: poet Manuel Thalhammer, Justus Reichl (Raiffeisenverband), FiW managing director Silvia Kienast, FiW representative (Mistelbach) Eva Helmer-Schneider, FiW representative (Mödling) Elisabeth Dorner, FiW representative (Krems) Gabi Gaukel, FiW representative (Neunkirchen) Madeleine Klose, registration number Carmen Jeitler-Cincelli, FiW representative (Bruck / Leitha) Gabriele Jüly, FiW state chairwoman Waltraud Rigler, FiW representative Elisabeth Marhold-Wallner (hidden, Lilienfeld), WKNÖ -President Sonja Zwazl, Regional Councilor Petra Bohuslav, FiW representative (Purkersdorf) Astrid Wessely, Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner, FiW representative (Korneuburg) Sabine Danzinger, social media expert Ingrid Brodnig, FiW representative (Scheibbs) Ingrid Pruckner, FiW - Representative (St. Pölten) Barbara Brandstetter, FiW representative (Tulln) Linda Bläuel, FiW representative (Waidhofen / Thaya) Klaudia Hofbauer-Pfiffl, FiW representative (Gänserndorf) Dagmar Förster, FiW representative (Baden) Sabine Wolfram, FiW - Representative (Zwettl) Anne Blauensteiner, FiW representative (Horn) Margarete Jarmer, WKNÖ division chairwoman Ingeborg Dockner, Abg.z.NR Eva-Maria Himmelbauer, WKNÖ - Director Franz Wiedersich, FiW representative (Hollabrunn) Bettina Heinzl, FiW- Representative (Klosterneuburg) Franziska Fuchs, FiW representative (Melk) Katharina Hameseder and FiW representative (Schwechat) Vera Sares. Photos: Andreas Kraus Female entrepreneurs visibly take the lead More than 400 participants followed the call from women in Lower Austria to the 41st female entrepreneur forum, the largest network meeting for self-employed women, at the IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems. Supporting women entrepreneurs so that they can better implement their professional and personal goals is the guiding principle of women in business. In line with this, SICHTBAR took the lead was proclaimed as the motto of the advocacy group for self-employed women at the 41st Lower Austrian Women Entrepreneurship Forum in the Kremser IMC (International Management Center). Dare to take the lead Waltraud Rigler, State Chairwoman of Women in Business, President of the Chamber of Commerce Sonja Zwazl and Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner appealed to the over 400 participants to actively help shape the future. Dare to take on leadership, not only in the company, but also in politics, was their common credo. Companion for economic success Frau in der Wirtschaft Niederösterreich works intensively to encourage women entrepreneurs to take on leadership roles. With today's event we provide a lot of input and inspiration for your success. Of course, you also need companions for this. We at Frau in der Wirtschaft would be happy to accompany you, said chairwoman Waltraud Rigler, welcoming the participants at the largest network meeting of women entrepreneurs in Lower Austria. Already more than women entrepreneurs from Lower Austria More than 40 percent of all chamber members are already women. More than active female entrepreneurs make a significant contribution to the economic performance in Lower Austria. Everyone who goes with us on our path to visible guidance, supports us and spreads our ideas, is warmly welcome, says Rigler. At four workshops in the afternoon, the participants were able to strengthen their personal skills in order to be able to act even more successfully in entrepreneurial life. Claudia Spary encouraged the audience to conquer the podiums and lecture stages, Katrin Kirchmayr introduced the entrepreneurs to Instagram, Monika Herbstrith-Lappe helped to kill perfectionism and Nika Triebe paved the way to digital transformation to some extent. Ingrid Brodnig provided valuable impulses with her lecture How I, as an entrepreneur, use social networks skillfully. The sense of community is also one of the most important components in the social media world, says Brodnig. Manuel Thalhammer philosophized in his poetry slam about the role models of men and women and suggested creating new ones. Martin Wolfram highlighted the increasingly important phenomenon of influencers and how they can often get millions of people excited about their content on social media channels.

7 Lower Austria 7 All photos at: wko.at/noe/ Unternehmerinnenforum FiW state chairwoman Waltraud Rigler (center) among the district representatives of women in the Lower Austrian economy. The social media content of the workshops especially attracted the young audience to the entrepreneurship forum in Krems. Instagram is also interesting for women entrepreneurs, according to speaker Katrin Kirchmayr (right). FiW NÖ 2018's focus: leading women entrepreneurs A separate leadership course, the Future Entrepreneurship project and the FiW-move on program prepare women in business for their leadership roles. Women entrepreneurs educate women in business shows decision-makers where the rough edges of the childcare system are and develops proposed solutions. Downtown revitalization The aim is to provide an attractive package for women entrepreneurs who want to settle in city centers. Entrepreneur goes to school It is a matter of concern for women in business to encourage and support young women in starting their own business. Numbers, data, facts: every third company in Lower Austria is managed by a woman. Every second blue and yellow company is founded by a woman. The highest proportions of women can be found among others. at hairdressers, podiatrists, beauticians and masseuses, in direct sales, in fashion retail and in handicrafts. More information at: wko.at/noe/fiw Traction is the trump card The wide range of all-wheel drive models from SEAT offers the right traction emperor for every taste. ADVERTISING Photo: SEAT Cars are getting safer. ABS, ESP, airbags, assistance systems where the driver can be helped, there are technical measures to support him. But in the end information: Benefit from the extra traction and find the right SEAT for your needs. Seat there are only four points of contact with the road: the tires. If the black rubbers lose their grip, even the best electronic assistants will no longer help. Tire grip is traction. And traction is the most important safety feature of all. As long as the tires bring the driver's acceleration, braking and steering commands to the road, everything is fine. Traction is the key, as every racing driver knows. With front-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicles, in unfavorable conditions (wet, snow, ice, dirty road surface) there is more likely to be a loss of traction than with all-wheel drive models. Logical, because the more wheels are driven, the less likely it is to lose traction. In order to increase active safety in road traffic, SEAT offers the latest 4Drive all-wheel technology in three attractive models. Whether in the sleek, family-friendly Leon ST station wagon, the hip lifestyle SUV Ateca or in the space and comfort miracle Alhambra, there is a suitable 4x4 SEAT for every taste. By the way: Anyone who believes that all-wheel drive systems only show their advantages on snow-covered mountain roads is wrong. All-wheel drive vehicles are also advantageous in terms of sport and driving dynamics. It is not for nothing that the best rally drivers in the world have been drifting around the globe in four-wheel drive models for decades. Info The SEAT 4Drive all-wheel drive in detail The 4Drive all-wheel drive ensures maximum traction on every surface by using the most advanced and efficient all-wheel drive technologies. Thanks to the electronically controlled Haldex clutch, 4Drive reacts immediately to every driving situation and thus increases the vehicle's grip and agility. An all-wheel drive distributes the drive force as optimally as possible to all four wheels of a vehicle. For example, a lack of traction is counteracted in wet or slippery situations and safe driving is guaranteed.

8 8 Lower Austria The EPU breakfast series format started with the lecture Humor in Business by Roman Szeliga (above). The entrepreneurs in the audience (right) and WKNÖ's Information and Consulting division manager Wolfgang Schwärzler (below) took a lot with them for their everyday work. Photos: Christian Buchar Time for compliments Morgenstund has networks in its mouth. And a smile (Copyright WKNÖ President Sonja Zwazl). At least at the new WKNÖ business breakfast especially for EPU, which has now celebrated its premiere in Horn. Anyone who can go into their business day with humor and new contacts has already won a lot. And neither one nor the other was neglected at the EPU business breakfast. Around 80 EPU, from furnishing professionals to hairdressers to balloon artists, had the doctor and humorist Roman Szeliga give them a hefty dose of humor not only to start the day, but as a recipe for personal entrepreneurial life. Szeliga put it in a nutshell: Giving customers not only a service, but also humor and appreciation at the same time. And as an exercise, the assembled EPUs were invited to give each other a time for compliments and to just relentlessly say something nice to the respective neighbor. A study by the University of Oklahoma cited by Szeliga also confirms that humor helps in entrepreneurial life. Accordingly, ten times as many ideas are born in a humorous climate than in a fun-free environment. Szeliga: Whining is like a rocking chair: forward backward forward backward and nothing goes on. More information and registration at: THE EPU BREAKFAST SERIES OF THE WKNÖ NDU ST. PÖLTEN Mariazeller Strasse 97a 3100 St. Pölten WKO MÖDLING Guntramsdorfer Strasse Mödling

9 Lower Austria 9 The future cannot be prevented The future cannot be prevented, but it can be shaped, said Big Data expert Viktor Mayer Schönberger at the industry forum in the Sky Lounge of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. Unimaginably large amounts of data influence our lives to an unprecedented extent. Big data expert Viktor Mayer-Schönberger opened a completely new view of the world to the participants of the Industry Forum in the WKÖ Sky Lounge. Here is a spectacular example from the world of medicine. If all vital functions in premature babies suddenly begin to stabilize in the incubator, then we know from the evaluations that the highest level of alarm is given, because, according to Mayer-Schönberger, the data samples would clearly confirm the risk of infection in the next 24 hours . Every pediatrician will tell you that this finding contradicts all human insight and intuition, the Salzburg-born Oxford professor knows. And yet it is the correlations established from countless data that prove to be right here. We don't know why something is like that, but we know that it is like that, according to Mayer-Schönberger's finding, which de facto turns the scientific method upside down. Biggest challenge since the industrial revolution The experts have no doubt that increasing digitization will lead to massive upheavals in politics and the economy. Mayer-Schönberger is convinced that we are facing the greatest political challenge since the industrial revolution. The 53-year-old doctor of law and bestselling author, who founded a programming company as a teenager, is currently intensively concerned with the effects of the digital revolution on the market economy and society. One of Mayer-Schönberger's main theses is that in a digitized world the price will only be one of many other decision-making criteria and that it will lose its informational function. A lot of data means a lot of power The role of money as a lubricant for the economy will be pushed back more and more in data-rich markets. Instead, those who, to put it simply, have more data at their disposal will gain almost unlimited power. In view of the dominant position of global big players such as Google, Facebook or You Tube, this is by no means a utopian idea for us. According to the professor's appeal, politics and business must adapt to this development. The future cannot be prevented, but it can be shaped. wko.at/noe/industrie Austria's largest health and well-being fair Tulln Because health is the greatest good Picture above (from left): WKÖ President Harald Mahrer, Deputy Industrial Division Chairman. Burgenland Manfred Gerger, WKNÖ-President Sonja Zwazl, Lower Austria branch chairman Thomas Salzer, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and industrial branch chairman Vienna Stefan Ehrlich Adám. Photos: Florian Wieser WERBUNG Austria's largest health and well-being fair will again be a magnet for visitors from all over Austria and neighboring countries from October 2018. Around 200 exhibitors from 8 nations are expected at the 12th Health & Wellness Fair in Tulln. The latest trends in health are presented. The selection ranges from alternative and medical methods to healthy sleep, from beauty products to health checks. Whether vegan or meat lover: there are plenty of healthy, culinary delicacies waiting for hungry visitors. In the wellness area of ​​the fair, wellness products from saunas, infrared cabins & whirlpools to top wellness hotels are presented. In addition to the large variety of exhibitors, the fair impresses with 30 exciting lectures and panel discussions. Trade fair highlight: win two wellness weekends a day & other prizes worth a total of euros. SAVE THE DATE for exhibitors & visitors WHAT: Messe Gesund und Wellness Tulln WHEN: October 2018, every day WHERE: Messe Tulln ENTRY: Day ticket 10, -; Online ticket 9, - INFO & online tickets under FREE PARKING: directly at the Tulln exhibition center MESSEBUS: Free exhibition bus from Tulln and Tullnerfeld train stations. Photo: t.paisit Fotolia.com

10 10 Niederösterreich NÖ professional photographer award goes to the finals In the first round, the submitted works were evaluated by a 25-member jury. The best five images in the various categories will now be assessed as a print. The location of the photo studio Macher in Loosdorf: The 14 women and men of the offline jury of the Lower Austrian Professional Photography Award examine with a trained eye those works that have made it into the final round. In Lower Austria there are over professional photographers who all stand for quality and service. We deliberately broadened the circle of jurors in order to get the most representative possible cross-section of our industry, says award coordinator and host Gerald Macher. All age groups can be found in the jury, all of them professional photographers, with some belonging to the artistic, others to the craft group. All training paths are also represented here, whereby, according to Macher, over half are in the master class. Gala night on October 31st The two-stage evaluation system should also guarantee the greatest possible degree of objectivity, explains Macher. According to Macher, all submitted works were evaluated in the first round by a national, top-class 25-person online jury. This resulted in the five best images in each of the categories portrait, business, creative and press photography. However, since the photos on the screen / monitor naturally do not appear as thumbnails. The jury members: from left to right. Hermann Fuchsluger, Jakob Huger, Martina Herz, and Gerd Schifferl (front), Michael Fuchs, Lois Lammerhuber, Arnold Stivanello, who stopped by as WKNÖ representative, and Rupert Weber (2nd row). Herbert Kratky, Christoph Cejka, Michael Schnabl (3rd row), Dietmar Schönfuss and Friedrich Jansenberger. Photo: Photo studio makers were able to show true qualities, the narrow, analog jury now got down to the nitty-gritty when assessing the finished prints. The results? Of course, we can't reveal them yet. But the photos are all very good and worth seeing, smiles Gerald Macher. The award-winning works can be admired on Wednesday, October 31, at the gala night of professional photography in the festival hall at the WIFI St. Pölten, beginning at the clock. Registration by: (only a limited number of visitors possible). CONTROL ... your company financially! It doesn't work without bookkeeping! Did you know that self-employed (balance sheet) accountants can efficiently relieve you from booking through to the annual financial statements? are always up-to-date due to their training obligation? Provide you with perfect advice on financial matters right from the start? Put your financial and accounting matters in professional hands!

11 Niederösterreich 11 Network of young entrepreneurs celebrates the 50s For 50 years, the Junge Wirtschaft (JW) Niederösterreich has been providing strong contacts and, as a lobby group, has an open ear for young entrepreneurs. The Lower Austria Young Economy was founded in 1968. Since then she has been active as an interest group, forms a network for concerns and is the mouthpiece for around young Lower Austrian entrepreneurs. About members With over active members, the JW is committed to ensuring that legal and social framework conditions make entrepreneurship possible. Knowledge transfer for young entrepreneurs and founders is also important to her. We rely heavily on personal meetings with members in our daily work. We regularly organize lectures, seminars, further training offers or company tours. Our annual event formats such as JUTA (Young Entrepreneur Day) and the Entrepreneur Circus are also a highlight. Because despite advancing digitization, face-to-face communication is still the most important thing, explains JW state chairman Jochen Flicker.Regional network According to Flicker, a strong network begins with local entrepreneurs. That is why the state chairman is proud of the functionaries who volunteer for the young economy in the districts and who are open to the concerns of the members. Through the aforementioned activities and events in the districts, they make our network The team of the Lower Austrian Young Economy from left: CEO Dieter Bader, Wolfgang Lehner, Stefan Seif, Daniela Linauer, state chairman Jochen Flicker, Sabine Krejca, Mathias Past, Martin Freiler and Jürgen Sykora. strong. We offer founders and young entrepreneurs many opportunities to make contacts and exchange ideas. This is a good prerequisite for business success, emphasizes Jochen Flicker. Photo: Philipp Monihart Festival on October 19 On Friday, October 19, at 6 p.m. there will be a party in the NV Arena in St. Pölten, to which I cordially invite all friends of the Lower Austrian Young Economy, said Flicker. ADDED VALUE STORY Open despite illness! The threat was existential when an innkeeper was banned from entering her kitchen for three months after being infected. The advice of the WKNÖ helped her to get the company through this crisis: through a cost subsidy for operational assistance from the SVA instead of an operational assistant from the association for operational assistance and a planned support in the event of a long illness from the SVA. In addition, there was compensation from the BH according to the epidemic law ... for Lower Austria's economy ADDED VALUE STORY Innovation boost A mechanical engineering company in western Lower Austria has already been able to tackle several innovative projects with the help of the WKNÖ and the technology and innovation partner TIP: plan with experts. Financing with grants. The company has successfully established itself as an international player! ADDED VALUE STORY Energy efficiency with consulting efficiency A petrol station owner was threatened with EUR compensation payments. It could not prove energy-saving measures as required by the Energy Efficiency Act. Funded energy consultations of the WKNÖ subsequently demonstrated operational measures and the energy consultant was also able to buy substitute measures for euros. Consulting efficiency: Euro saved! ADDED VALUE STORY Amts-Schwyzerdütsch was supposed to install blinds in a Lower Austrian company in Switzerland. The necessary formalities became a hurdle: registration procedures, minimum wages, sales tax according to Swiss law ... The Chamber's Foreign Trade Center in Zurich was there to provide information and help. Blinds installed, mission accomplished! MORE service. MORE economy.

12 12 Lower Austria Largest expansion in ZKW history The management board of the ZKW Group and ZKW Slovakia gives the go-ahead for the largest and most cost-intensive expansion in ZKW's 80-year history. In the last few months, the production facilities of ZKW Slovakia reached their limits due to the numerous new nominations and the complexity of the projects, and so an extensive expansion of around m 2 was planned, commented Franz Nigitz, CEO of ZKW Slovakia s.r.o., on the expansion. The factory currently produces on an area of ​​m 2 and an additional rented storage area of ​​around m 2. With the structural expansion, the production area will therefore almost double. The enlargement also optimizes processes and the organization in order to remain competitive in the long term. In addition to the production area, there will also be a new office wing with a training center, open-plan office and a central contact point for medical emergencies. In addition to the integration of 45 injection molding machines, plastic lenses and modules will also be manufactured in the plant in the future. A total investment of 155 million euros is planned for the next three years. Graphic of the new ZKW factory hall. In addition to the production area, an office wing with a training center is also planned. Photo: ZKW In the planning phase of the expansion, a strong focus was placed on a cost-effective, energy- and environmentally friendly construction method. The hall for the production of spare parts and the underfloor heating in the main headlight hall are fed with waste heat from the injection molding machines. The plans for the completion of the halls are ambitious: the construction of the production hall should be completed by the end of March 2019, the opening of the entire building was scheduled for the end of May 2019. Although the schedule is tight, thanks to excellent preparatory work, I am optimistic that the expansion can be completed on schedule. The expansion in the Slovak plant enables us to increase our competitiveness and in Krušovce to be able to contribute an even higher share to the general growth of ZKW in the future, says Oliver Schubert, CEO of ZKW Group GmbH. Maecenas Lower Austria 2018 Submit MAECENAS 2018 now for the culture sponsorship award: Registrations for the 18th MAECENAS Lower Austria culture sponsorship award will be accepted until October 18, 2018. You can register using the data sheet provided at the Initiatives Wirtschaft für Kunst, Goldschmiedgasse 8 / Top 16, 1010 Vienna, contact for queries: Brigitte Kössner-Skoff, T 01 / F 01 / The submission documents can also be called up on the Internet at and registration for Cultural sponsorship prize is running This year, MAECENAS is being awarded for the 18th time by the initiatives for business and art, the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the ecoplus business agency. The registration deadline is October 18th. The Lower Austrian Culture Sponsoring Prize MAECENAS is awarded to companies for the promotion of cultural projects that could not have been realized without this support. The categories Best cultural sponsoring Small and medium-sized enterprises Large companies Cultural sponsoring special award Art & Culture for successful engagements in cooperation with business The cultural sponsoring special award for Lower Austrian cultural providers honors the professional commitment and good cooperation of the Lower Austrian art and culture scene with business and the Presented to the public in more detail. With this special art & culture award, individuals, private and public art and cultural institutions as well as associations and foundations from Lower Austria and their representatives can be honored for their commitment in the field of art and culture sponsorship. One main prize and two recognition prizes are awarded in each category. The award is made according to the criteria of creativity, quality and audience appeal, regardless of the size of the company and the financial outlay. MAECENAS Niederösterreich is supported medially by ORF NÖ and Niederösterreichische Nachrichten. The award ceremony will take place during a gala evening in autumn. The prizes awarded are of a purely non-material nature and are not associated with any financial endowment. Photo: Maecenas

13 Lower Austria 13 EuroSkills, of course, a prestige event Jürgen Schreder, Austria's economic delegate in Hungary, on the motives of the Hungarian government to host EuroSkills 2018 and Hungary as the target country for Austrian companies. Keyword EuroSkills in Budapest. In your opinion, what were the main reasons why Hungary applied to host the European Professional Championships? Jürgen Schreder: That was of course a prestige event, with which on the one hand we wanted to show Europe how well Hungary can organize such major events and on the other hand we wanted to present foreign investors as well educated. What is the difference between dual training in Austria and Hungary? In Hungary, with four days a week, the focus is much more on the theoretical and school-based area, with only one day on practice. Austrian companies in Hungary repeatedly complain that the practical part is neglected here. Hungary recently showed growth of four percent. A little more is expected for this year. Nevertheless, Hungary has fallen behind compared to other countries. Why is that? That is very difficult to answer. The fact is that Hungary had a lead that was gambled away. The causes are likely to be found in a mix of, for example, uncertainty in the legal situation for foreign investors, for example through the introduction of special taxes for certain sectors. For example, Hungary wants to keep the majority in Hungarian hands in four strategic areas of media, energy, banking and retail. Of course, that slows down investments. Can you still recommend Austrian companies to get involved in Hungary? Definitely in industry! You have to be careful in the above areas. In Hungary, more emphasis is placed on the theoretical and school-based area of ​​dual training. Austrian entrepreneurs who work in Hungary complain that the practical part is neglected in contrast to Austrian training, explains Jürgen Schreder, Austria's economic delegate in Hungary. Photo: WKÖ Konktakt AußenwirtschaftsCenter Budapest Délibáb utca Budapest, HUNGARY T F E wko.at/aussenwirtschaft/hu for Lower Austria's economy

14 14 Austria's creative industry is Europe's innovation base This year's European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS 2018) was held last week in Vienna as part of the Austrian EU Council Presidency. Around 150 participants discussed at the conference with the players of the European creative industries as well as those responsible at EU level about the orientation and priorities of European innovation and creative policy. How the creative industry drives the economy as a whole through innovation was highlighted at the event. The European Union is still one of the richest regions in the world. However, the dynamism of other countries challenges Europe to remain competitive as an innovative region. Against this background, the creative industry wins as an innovation factor within the European Creative Industries Summit in Vienna: EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, Economics Minister Margarete Schramböck, WKÖ President Harald Mahrer and Christian Ehler, Member of the EU Parliament. Photo: WKÖ EU more and more important. The creative industries are one of the most important new partners in the competition for innovation leadership in Europe. As innovation pioneers, creative professionals constantly develop and test strong ideas, they experiment with new technologies and business models and create crossover effects for other areas of the economy, emphasized WKÖ President Harald Mahrer at the ECIS opening. The fact that the economic policy relevance of the creative industries is becoming more and more important for the EU economic area is also manifested in the strong growth in this sector: There are three million creative industries across Europe, which, with 7.5 percent of EU employees, turn over billions of euros per year. In Austria, more than every tenth company is assigned to the creative industries. In this country, the high relevance of the industry was recognized early on: At the federal level, the creative industries are integrated into the strategy for research, technology and innovation (RTI), the federal government offers funding and has initiated the creative industries strategy for Austria. The Kreativwirtschaft Austria of the WKÖ is responsible for the accompanying service for creative professionals. This sets the route to be able to switch on an innovation turbo for Austria's economy. We should also take this path with funding measures in Europe, said Mahrer. EIA amendment paves the way for faster approvals All objections must be raised early, then it is the authority's turn: the accelerated procedure for economically valuable investments. The amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that has now been passed by Parliament's Environment Committee brings a clear, improved procedural design: Objections are raised early on, are assessed by experts, then the authority decides and, in the second instance, if a complaint is raised, the Federal Administrative Court, Stephan welcomes Schwarzer, head of the department for environmental and energy policy in the WKÖ, the amendment to the EIA law. This significantly speeds up the approval of important investments. Even starting the procedure is made easier, additions can only be requested immediately. Requests for evidence can only be submitted up to the end of the hearing, then the preliminary investigation is over and the decision has to be issued. The perception of public interests is supplemented by the involvement of a location attorney who will present everything that speaks for an investment project from the point of view of employment, added value and regional development. So far, only opposing parties such as environmental lawyers and environmental NGOs have been able to invoke public interests. It also makes it easier to clarify whether a project has to be subject to an EIA obligation at all. More efficient processes save costs Large-scale projects, which are vital for the energy transition and modern transport infrastructure, but also for the innovative industrial location, suffer chronically in Austria from terribly long process times. What will be decided in five or ten years, with efficient procedures, could come out after one or two years. Longer process times do not mean better quality, but in any case higher costs, according to Schwarzer. This problem of the excessively long procedures will now be tackled at the root. The WKÖ expert sees the amendment to the law as a signal to international investors. The new requirements of EU law were adopted without over-fulfillment and are a step towards reducing bureaucracy, sums up Schwarzer.

15 As early as the current winter semester, the number of technical college places in the MINT area (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology) will be increased by 450. In the medium term, this will increase the number of urgently needed technicians. At the beginning of the current winter semester, Education Minister Heinz Faßmann created 450 new FH places in the MINT area. The economy welcomes this as a correct measure against the shortage of skilled workers. In the medium term, it will lead to more graduates and at the same time to a further strengthening of the universities of applied sciences. The focus on FH study places in the MINT area is logical and corresponds to the foreseeable needs of local companies. Michael Landertshammer, head of the education policy department of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, emphasizes that this will partially implement a major project from the government program. Young technical specialists are currently among the most sought-after workers in Austria. 15 More university places: the right measure to combat the shortage of young technical specialists. Young technical specialists are urgently needed. in Austria. Our companies are desperately looking for these employees, and only through increased training in this area can we meet the needs on our own, according to the WKÖ expert. The value of the universities of applied sciences lies in the scientifically sound and practice-oriented vocational training, which is of central importance in the fight against the shortage of skilled workers. Because at the universities of applied sciences it is possible to react very quickly to the needs of the job market. Photo: WKÖ. Landertshammer emphasizes that the decision in favor of more STEM places at universities of applied sciences comes at the right time. Pedagogy package strengthens the performance principle in local schools The WKÖ also positively rates another important educational policy measure, namely the so-called pedagogy package. It sets the right priorities with a clear performance assessment in the elementary school and the reorientation of the NMS towards the middle school and strengthens the vocational concept with the reintroduction of the voluntary 10th school year at the polytechnic schools, emphasizes the deputy general secretary Mariana Kühnel. The shortage of skilled workers begins at school, educational gaps have to be closed so that more potential apprentices can make the leap into dual training. Ensuring the acquisition of basic skills in elementary school and the establishment of a performance-oriented middle school means a massive step towards more qualifications in the education system. In this context, Kühnel also welcomes the fact that the schools receive a consistent, coordinated grading system in which the performance concept is given a significantly higher priority than was previously the case. From the point of view of the economy, it is ultimately a matter of anchoring compulsory education instead of compulsory schooling, because a compulsory school certificate must guarantee the binding achievement of basic skills. An essential step has now been taken to achieve this, emphasizes Kühnel. Hotel industry: VAT repairs come into force The amendment to the restoration of VAT on overnight stays and the associated ancillary services from 13 to 10 percent will come into force on November 1, 2018. The night from October 31st to November 1st is already subject to the reduced tax rate, recalls the chairwoman of the association, Susanne Kraus-Winkler. The repair of the VAT was urgently required by Susanne Kraus-Winkler. Photo: I. Abel is necessary and is an important step to maintain and strengthen the competitiveness of Austria's accommodation facilities, which benefits all of our accommodation providers and local campsites, says Kraus-Winkler.In the case of advance payments made now for services after the VAT reduction to 10 percent has come into effect, there is the possibility of taxation both according to the current and future legal situation. A detailed joint information paper from the Hotel Association and the Austrian Hotel Association (ÖHV) is available at www. hotelverband.at available. A next, important step would be to reduce the real estate transfer tax burdens resolved in the course of the 2015 tax reform. Because these attack the substance of our family businesses and endanger business transfers. As a result, companies close and jobs are lost, appeals to Kraus-Winkler. A swift implementation of the announcements in the government program that are important for the industry, such as the new regulation of the depreciation (depreciation for wear and tear) and measures against the shortage of skilled workers, must now be tackled quickly, according to the industry spokeswoman.

16 16 Service The Chamber of Commerce offers comprehensive innovation and technology support for Lower Austria companies. Here you can find all service offers at a glance. INNOVATION AS A SUCCESS FACTOR TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION PARTNERS in the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce support companies from innovative project ideas to market success. The range of services includes: Innovation coaching Research on technologies, brands and patents Checking for funding applications for research and innovation projects Providing researchers and expert contacts at home and abroad Information on standards and CE marking TIP - TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION PARTNER Raimund Mitterbauer TFEW wko.at/noe/tip AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT NIEDERÖSTERREICH AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT NIEDERÖSTERREICH advises and supports Lower Austrian companies in developing the market and exporting products and services. Eva Hahn Patrick Hartweg TFEW wko.at/noe/aussenwirtschaft The go-international internationalization offensive of the Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location (BMDW) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) offers: Direct subsidies for export business Start-up aid for new exporters New-to-market subsidies on growth markets special programs for e.g. for technology companies GO-INTERNATIONAL / INNOVATION Claudia Ziehaus T F AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA E W go-international.at

17 Service 17 Current events and news on the subject of innovation: wko.at/innovateaustria FOR YOUR COMPANY AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA has an extensive partner network with 76 foreign trade centers and 35 offices. 35 of these foreign trade centers in the most important technology and innovation hotspots in the world place an intensive focus on the topics of innovation, startups and trend scouting. Here, companies are not only advised on export and internationalization, but can also obtain knowledge about trends, technologies and innovations. The range of innovations includes study trips to technology leaders, innovation conferences and workshops as well as comprehensive programs for startups. Research collaborations with elite universities such as Stanford, MIT or ETH Zurich give Austrian companies direct access to innovation networks, the latest technologies and research results. AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA INNOVATION Michael Scherz T W wko.at/innovateaustria AUSSENWIRTSCHAF T AUSTRIA Start-up ecosystem Intermediate foreign trade centers University research Companies Technology centers Innovation organizers

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