About the FEEI

Our work as an interest group

The Association for the Electrical and Electronics Industries (FEEI) is the interest group for Austria’s electrical and electronics industry, and makes an essential contribution to securing Austria’s position as an attractive business location. Our main aim is to positively influence and shape the economic and legal framework – in ways that benefit the industry segments we represent, strengthening their competitive position in the global marketplace.

Working to best represent the interests of some 300 members, we follow a strategy of focusing on specific issues. Currently, we focus on eight core areas that are vitally important to companies in the electrical and electronics industry. In addition, the FEEI provides support to its members in twelve divisions. Alongside our lobbying activities, we offer face-to-face consultation and other services tailored to specific target groups.

FEEI Fachverbandsausschuss Präsidium
Dr. Lothar Roitner, Ing. Wolfgang Hesoun, DI Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, MBA, Mag. Brigitte Ederer, Dr. Kari Kapsch (vlnr)

GOVERNING BOARD (for the 2015-2020 term)

Brigitte Ederer, Member of the Supervisory Board, Infineon Technologies Austria AG
(President)

Wolfgang Hesoun, Chairman of the Managing Board, Siemens AG Österreich
(Vice-president)

Kari Kapsch, Chief Operating Officer, KAPSCH-Group Beteiligungs GmbH and Chief Executive Officer, KAPSCH CarrierCom
(Vice-president)

Sabine Herlitschka, Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies Austria AG
(Vice-president)

 

MEMBERS

(in alphabetical order)

Siegfried Baumann, Authorised Officer, Flextronics International Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Franz Chalupecky, Chief Executive Officer, ABB AG

Udo Filzmaier, Chief Executive Officer, System Industrie Electronic Holding AG

Andreas Gerstenmayer, Chief Executive Officer, AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG

Gerhard Griller, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Gebauer & Griller Kabelwerke GmbH

Josef Hartl, Chairman, E + E Elektronik Ges.m.b.H.

Hermann Hauser, Director, AB Mikroelektronik GmbH

Franz Hrachowitz, Managing Partner, TRASYS Beteiligungs- und Management GmbH

Günter Idinger, Vice-president Standard and Alliances, Eaton Industries (Austria) GmbH

Franz Klein, Chief Executive Officer, Becom Electronics

Holger König, Commercial Director, LIEBHERR-HAUSGERÄTE LIENZ GMBH

Robert Körbler, General Manager, Philips Austria GmbH

Erwin Raffeiner, Chief Executive Officer, Sprecher Automation GmbH

Arnold Rohr, Managing Director, Vishay Semiconductor (Austria) Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Michael Stahl, Managing Director, EPCOS OHG

Michael Velmeden, Chief Executive Officer, cms electronics gmbh

Michael Wachsler-Markowitsch, Chief Financial Officer, ams AG

Walter Wunderer, Managing Director, EGSTON Holding GmbH

Hans Zavesky, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, SCHRACK SECONET AG

 

Focus areas

Together with our 28 network partners, the FEEI plays a central role in building and modernising Austria’s infrastructure. With comprehensive understanding of the key business activities in the industry and our strong focus on them, the sector plays a decisive role in shaping the country’s infrastructure. Our work promoting the sector’s interests focuses on the following six core areas.

 

The electrical and electronics industry has played a pioneering role in helping to create a modern labour law framework in Austria. It was the first industry to achieve, step by step, extensive harmonisation of legal requirements for clerical and manual workers. It strives to find solutions that make working time as productive as possible, and that help to align production with demand and customer requirements. By continuing to improve the labour law framework, the sector is embracing the socioeconomic changes that define industrial manufacturing today, and creating an environment that allows companies to flourish and fulfil their potential in Austria.

Information on the latest developments is available under labour law (in German).

 

Successful economic and social development in the modern world would be impossible without electrical energy. The generation, transmission and distribution of electricity are the cornerstones of energy supply in Austria, and businesses in the electrical and electronics industry develop and produce innovative technology that is used in each of these areas. The sector is also playing a key role in driving forward energy efficiency. Our member companies have invested in esearch, development, and production of energy-efficient applications, products, systems, and components over many years. These cutting-edge, high-tech products make a vital contribution to efficient, environmentally-friendly use of natural resources.

Find out the latest news under energy (in German).

Electronic innovations enable green manufacturing that saves resources, greatly improving the underlying conditions for the preservation of a liveable environment. 

Current information can be found in the environment section (German only).

The companies that make up Austria’s electrical and electronics sector are responsible for over one-third of all research spending by Austrian industry. And the overwhelming majority of researchers are employed in this sector. Due to its strong focus on research and technology, the electrical and electronics industry is a driver of innovation in our country, making a major contribution to the growth national value creation – which in turn means it also plays a key role in the development of Austria as a business location.

See the latest news under research and development (in German).

Modern information and communication technology (ICT) is driving fast-paced change in economic activities along the entire value chain. The segment has become a key strategic industry for innovation and advances in applications, products, systems, and components. These technologies are also essential in a modern economy that wants to solve the social and economic challenges of the future. Innovative ICT solutions developed by Austrian companies are used all over the world.

Read more in the ICT section (in German).

Mobility is a basic need in our society and is absolutely essential for businesses to be successful in Austria. Good transportation infrastructure connects residential and commercial areas, opens up markets, and provides access to workplaces, education and recreation. All modes of transportation benefit from the products developed and made by the electrical and electronics industry. Moreover, the industry develops state-of-the-art control and signalling technology and traffic telematics solutions, which play a major role in overcoming the ever-growing challenges of passenger and freight transportation.

Find out more in the traffic section (in German).

The high quality of healthcare enjoyed by the entire population is one of the exceptional advantages of living in Austria. This is only made possible by the availability of state-of-the-art medical equipment, as well as ongoing development of services – saving costs and making it easier for patients to access and navigate the healthcare system. The electrical and electronics industry makes important contributions in all of these areas. The companies in this sector underpin the establishment and operation of functioning healthcare infrastructure, and continuously improve the technology used in medical equipment, as well as the range of services offered – providing the foundations for a healthcare system that is as patient-friendly and efficient as possible.

More information can be found in the healthcare section (in German).

Industries with an intensive focus on research and technology – such as the electrical and electronics industry – have a pressing need for technical specialists who can contribute their expertise and dedication to aid the development of the sector. By establishing Austria’s first technical university of applied sciences over fifteen years ago, the electrical and electronics industry took an important step in promoting the creation of a knowledge-based society, supporting the education and training of highly-qualified technical specialists. In collaboration with other interest groups and partners, the sector is working to offer more young people opportunities to pursue technical training and to work in a technical profession, as well as raising awareness of these opportunities and encouraging people to take advantage of them.

Knowledge and skills are fundamental factors in long-term, robust economic growth. So industry needs specialists who can contribute their expertise to help drive the successful development of the sector.

Find out more in the education and training section.

 

Work in focus areas is supported by the following cross-cutting functions:

  1. Building components
  2. Power engineering (incl. metering, test and measurement technology)
  3. Industrial plant engineering
  4. Building services engineering
  5. Control engineering and building automation
  6. Batteries and accumulators
  7. Household and heating appliances (incl. small appliances)
  8. Consumer electronics
  9. Lighting
  10. Information and communication technology
  11. Medical engineering
  12. Traffic technology

 

Compliance