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10.-14.9. 2012

International Engineering Fair

The Czech market a priority for Austria


Austrian engineering and industrial companies regard MSV as the most important trade fair in the region. Sonja Zwanzl, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Lower Austria stated it at a press conference in Brno and simultaneously pleaded for a speedy completion of the motorway connecting Brno and Vienna.

Austria is represented at this year's MSV by 35 exhibitors, of which eleven are presented at a joint stand supported by an export promotion programme. The Austrian exhibition in Hall V includes for example the E-M-M-A company, a known supplier of transportation equipment from conveyors to modular systems covering the entire production. The company EFD Induction supplies induction devices integrated in production, to customers in over 75 countries. KEBA is another well-known brand, which acts in the field of industrial automation and focuses on the plastics industry, robotics, heating systems control, self-service solutions for banking, etc. Many of the independently exhibiting Austrian companies - suppliers of technologies for the plastics industry - can be found in Hall G1. They include traditional participants of the Brno fair, such as Engel, Luger, Piovan, Hasco and others. Besides 35 Austrian exhibitors, there are  also approximately 25 Austrian companies participating in this year's MSV, who are exhibiting through their Czech branch. Numerous participation only confirms the importance of Austrian-Czech economic relations. The Czech Republic is to Austria one of the six main trading partners globally and by far the most important one in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. This has also been documented by a recent survey which aimed to find out who was Austrian companies’ most important trading partner in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. The Czech Republic became the surprising winner, surpassing countries such as Poland, Russia or China.

According to the latest results for the first half of this year, presented by the Austrian Embassy Commercial Counsellor Mr. Nicolaus Seiwald at a press conference, mutual trade exchange only just lagged behind the very successful previous year. Austria exported goods worth 2.25 billion Euros to the Czech market, which is 3.7% less than in the first half of 2011. Similarly, Czech exports to Austria also declined by 3.5% to 2.39 billion Euros. "Almost a third of Austrian exports to the Czech market consists of mechanical and electrical products. Slightly declining exports of investment funds is therefore linked to the declining investment of Austria in the Czech Republic," said Nicolaus Seiwald and pointed out that the total of Austrian engineering industry is not declining even in this period, thanks to new innovative solutions and demand from growing economies in the Third World. "That is why MSV remains for us a very important tool for the development of other business relationships. It is the most important engineering fair in this territory, and the best opportunity for us," added the Austrian Business Council.

The Brno trade fair was also visited by the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Lower Austria and Member of the Federal Council of Austria, Ms. Sonja Zwazl. At the press conference, she mainly underlined the importance of economic relations between the Czech Republic and Lower Austria, which has the longest border with the Czech Republic. "Earlier this boundary divided, but today it is the symbol of living economic relations where MSV currently plays a crucial role. Mechanical engineering and metal products from Lower Austria produce 75% goods for export, which is the real engine of our economy. MSV in Brno is thus very important not only for Austrian engineering but also for Austrian handicrafts and trade," said Sonja Zwanzl.

The Austrian MEP also recalled a recent study that took place on both sides of the border and showed that there is still great potential for further expansion and deepening cooperation between Lower Austria and South Moravia. In this context, she stressed that optimal transport infrastructure is vital for economic cooperation. "Completing the motorway connection between Brno and Vienna should have absolute priority, because it is essential for revitalizing the region and building stable economic relations on both sides of the border," said Sonja Zwazl and thus joined Nicolaus Seiwald who appealed to the Czech side to promote the development of infrastructure and endorse an increased legal certainty for small and medium-sized businesses.

Austria will be introduced not only as a major engineering exporter at MSV, but also as an attractive place for investment. On Wednesday, 12 September, the exhibition centre will host a seminar entitled "Austria - Your New Place For Business," which will present successful projects in the field of mechatronics, plastics and industrial measuring and test equipment.

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