STIWA Group invests 45 Million Euros into Upper Austria Sites

STIWA Group invests 45 Million Euros into Upper Austria Sites

July 27, 2018

STIWA CEOs Peter and Raphael Sticht take a look back at a suc­cess­ful busi­ness year: The fam­i­ly-run com­pa­ny with its head­quar­ters in Attnang-Puch­heim, Aus­tria achieved a turnover of EUR 255 mil­lion for the last finan­cial year (July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018). This con­sti­tutes an increase of 23 per­cent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous annu­al turnover of EUR 207 mil­lion. The num­ber of employ­ees has also reached a record high at 1,810 (accu­rate on June 30, 2018). Nine­ty-five per­cent of employ­ees work in Upper Aus­tria. The export rate stands at more than 70 percent.

Build­ing on the suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment of the pre­vi­ous year, STIWA Group con­tin­ued to pur­sue its growth strat­e­gy in 2017/2018:

  • Machine and sys­tem man­u­fac­tur­ing, the Group’s core busi­ness at the Attnang-Puch­heim site, remained the strongest con­trib­u­tor to this year’s annu­al turnover at EUR 141 mil­lion (55 per­cent of total turnover). And the busi­ness unit is already work­ing to full capac­i­ty in the cur­rent busi­ness year.
  • The sec­ond-largest busi­ness unit, the pro­duc­tion of auto­mo­tive parts at the Gam­pern site, achieved a record result last year with a turnover of EUR 87 mil­lion. This can large­ly be attrib­uted to a dra­mat­ic increase in the num­ber of orders for gear assemblies.
  • The new Mecha­tron­ic Sys­tems busi­ness unit rep­re­sents a broad­en­ing of the STIWA Group’s busi­ness activ­i­ties and expands its com­pe­ten­cies in the fields of ser­i­al pro­duc­tion as well as mecha­tron­ic sup­ply, han­dling, and trans­fer systems.

Investment in Upper Austria Sites

In the 2017/2018 finan­cial year, the STIWA Group invest­ed a total of EUR 45 mil­lion into its sites in Upper Aus­tria. Of this fig­ure, half went to site devel­op­ment and the oth­er half to machin­ery, along with fac­to­ry and office equipment.

  • At the Gam­pern site, a 10,000 m² pro­duc­tion hall is now in oper­a­tion, along with an office for the new Machin­ing Cen­ter busi­ness unit. Nine addi­tion­al cut­ting machines have been purchased.
  • At the head­quar­ters in Attnang-Puch­heim, the first two sec­tions of the new office build­ing came into use in Decem­ber 2017. The third sec­tion with space for 380 employ­ees will be com­plet­ed in the first quar­ter of 2020, by which point a total of 700 new office work­sta­tions will have been cre­at­ed in the building.
  • The con­struc­tion of an 8,000 m² assem­bly hall in Attnang-Puch­heim by the third quar­ter of 2019 will cre­ate extra capac­i­ty for machine manufacturing.

“Over the last few years, the con­sis­tent­ly high demand of our cus­tomers in all busi­ness units, along with the good eco­nom­ic sit­u­a­tion, have enabled us to make impor­tant invest­ments in the future and to devel­op our sites. We have focused par­tic­u­lar­ly on our Upper Aus­tri­an sites in Attnang-Puch­heim and Gam­pern”, says Peter Sticht, CEO STIWA Hold­ing GmbH.

The STIWA Group also expects to see increased demand for automa­tion solu­tions over the com­ing years. Fur­ther resource devel­op­ment is cru­cial to cov­er­ing agreed and upcom­ing projects. Not only do we need to invest in the nec­es­sary build­ings and machines, but also increas­ing the num­ber of qual­i­fied employ­ees across all sites.
“In order to guar­an­tee fur­ther growth, we are focus­ing our efforts on devel­op­ing our work­force. We are there­fore reliant upon high-qual­i­ty appren­tice­ship train­ing and are inten­si­fy­ing our efforts to stress even more clear­ly the appeal of a career in tech­nol­o­gy”, says Raphael Sticht, CEO STIWA Hold­ing GmbH.

STIWA Intensifies Efforts to Train and Recruit New Specialists

Despite the fact that young peo­ple with tech­ni­cal train­ing have the best chance of a job with a future, the short­age of spe­cial­ists in all fields of tech­nol­o­gy is unde­ni­able, start­ing with appren­tices through to col­lege and uni­ver­si­ty grad­u­ates. “On one hand, the key is to train qual­i­fied spe­cial­ists; on the oth­er hand, we must gen­er­ate more inter­est in technology—and the soon­er the bet­ter,” says Raphael Sticht. STIWA there­fore wants to use a range of mea­sures to raise enthu­si­asm for tech­ni­cal careers, includ­ing an attrac­tive appren­tice­ship program.

  • Attrac­tive Appren­tice­ship: In order to meet the demand for spe­cial­ists, the STIWA Group has been offer­ing appren­tice­ships for near­ly 40 years; for many years in its very own train­ing cen­ter in Attnang-Puch­heim. This is why the intake of appren­tices at the com­pa­ny has con­tin­ued to rise. This year, 57 young peo­ple will enroll on a STIWA appren­tice­ship. As of fall 2018, 170 appren­tices will be under­go­ing train­ing at STIWA.
    In total, the STIWA Group has trained more than 700 young peo­ple up to spe­cial­ist lev­el. Around 60 per­cent of those appren­tices have con­tin­ued work­ing for STIWA—some in man­age­r­i­al roles.
  • Com­pre­hen­sive Train­ing Col­lab­o­ra­tion: The STIWA Group is broad­en­ing its col­lab­o­ra­tion with schools, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties across Aus­tria. For exam­ple, as a long-stand­ing part­ner of the Vöck­labruck Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (VHTL), the Group will be pro­vid­ing the col­lege with new tech­ni­cal teach­ing equip­ment for its new Mecha­tron­ics depart­ment. A degree schol­ar­ship of 15,000 euros will be award­ed to one stu­dent from Automa­tion Tech­nol­o­gy at the Wels Uni­ver­si­ty for Applied Science.

STIWA Continues to Pursue Internationalization Strategy

The STIWA Group has built sev­er­al new inter­na­tion­al sites over the last few years. The com­pa­ny fol­lows its reg­u­lar clients into new mar­kets in order to pro­vide local sup­port and to enable mutu­al growth. This strat­e­gy cre­ates new jobs in all the busi­ness units and safe­guards the company’s sites in Upper Aus­tria. Fur­ther­more, the STIWA Group is rein­forc­ing its rep­u­ta­tion as a full-ser­vice provider of automa­tion solu­tions who sup­ports its clients from prod­uct con­cep­tion right through to plant optimization—wherever the world takes them. The fam­i­ly-run com­pa­ny cur­rent­ly runs nine sites in four countries.

  • Orig­i­nal­ly built in 2013, the sec­ond STIWA plant in Nan­tong, Chi­na was opened in March 2018. The Chi­nese site is of great sig­nif­i­cance to the growth of the STIWA Group: Next to Europe, Asia is the most impor­tant growth mar­ket for the com­pa­ny. In the 2018/2019 finan­cial year, the num­ber of employ­ees will be expand­ed from the cur­rent 74 to more than 100. From Sep­tem­ber 2018, an appren­tice­ship pro­gram based on the Aus­tri­an mod­el will be intro­duced. Six appren­tices will be tak­en on in the first train­ing year. In addi­tion to sys­tem man­u­fac­tur­ing, machin­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing is cur­rent­ly being developed.
  • The Ser­vice and Sup­port office which was opened in North Car­oli­na (USA) in May 2016 is set for expan­sion dur­ing the new finan­cial year and will be devel­oped into a ful­ly func­tion­ing site. In order for machin­ing projects to be car­ried out there, an assem­bly hall will be rent­ed and invest­ments made into recruit­ment and train­ing of employees.
  • The STIWA Group has made a suc­cess­ful land­ing in Ger­many: An office was opened in Wilns­dorf, North-Rhine West­phalia at the start of July 2017. We have already suc­cess­ful­ly imple­ment­ed our first automa­tion project with an inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned man­u­fac­tur­er for writ­ing uten­sils. Over the com­ing years, STIWA Deutsch­land GmbH plans to grad­u­al­ly devel­op its site as well as its capacities.
The STIWA Group based in Attnang-Puchheim, Austria provides clients worldwide with comprehensive automation solutions and services, from engineering to software development all the way through to machine optimization. In addition, the STIWA Group itself delivers supplier production and building and laboratory automation. The company employs more than 1,800 people worldwide across nine sites and achieved a turnover of EUR 255 million in the 2017/2018 financial year.


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