Enjoying an unexpectedly high external balance of trade, in 2018 Austria was ranked fifth among EU countries for exports per capita. Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly showing an international approach, even global in certain cases.
It takes strategic planning and hard work to break into a market as a new player. We have already assisted our partner companies in doing so for 15 years. We also offer many years of experience in managing international projects and providing the necessary consulting services.
Since 2005 we have successfully carried out a total of 12 EU projects involving 117 partners and an overall project volume of 18.3 million euros. With our project work we have impressed some 7000 disseminators in the timber work/building materials sector.
Our experience allows us to play a leading role in international support programmes such as FP7, Intelligent Energy Europe, bilateral and transnational structural programmes, EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and ADA (Austrian Development Agency).
As an ambassador for the value-added chain of timber, we ensure that Styria is known throughout the world as a centre of business – and with it our Cluster Partners. We skilfully showcase your products at international events and so establish new business relationships.
Jointly capturing new markets opens up synergy potential and lessens the level of risk to the individual company. Every year we organise study trips and group visits to trade fairs to support our partners.
In cooperation with leading Styrian companies we put a focus on qualification in South-Eastern Europe, each year welcoming numerous incoming delegations interested in discovering know-how from Styria and establishing new business relationships.
“We enjoyed interesting talks with representatives of the Scandinavian delegation. We are also proud that design and quality from Gaulhofer has met with such a positive response in the home of woodworking – a fantastic benchmark for us.”