About the FEEI

Our work as an interest group

As the interest group for Austria’s electrical and electronics industry, the Association for the Electrical and Electronics Industries (FEEI) makes an essential contribution to securing Austria’s position as an attractive business location. Our primary task is to positively influence and shape the relevant economic and legal frameworks in a way that benefits the industries represented by the FEEI and thus to strengthen their position in the global competition.

Our activities concentrate on specific topics so that we can provide the best and most efficient support possible to our some 300 member companies. Our services currently cover eight different core issues that are extremely important for companies in the electrical and electronics industry. In addition to those issues, the FEEI also provides support to its members in twelve divisions. Our focus is primarily to provide personal support and target group-oriented services along with our political lobbying activities.

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

The electrical and electronics industry

An important sector of Austria’s economy

The electrical and electronics industry plays a key role in Austrian industry. With nearly 60,000 employees (as of 2014), it is the country’s second-largest industrial employer, and since it is a highly export-oriented sector (over 80 per cent of products are exported to 150 countries around the world), the companies in the industry are more integrated into the global economy than the average.

Companies in the electrical and electronics industry also play a major role in our country’s innovative strength. With more than EUR 20,000 in research spending per employee, it is Austria’s most research-intensive industry.

Production Value

Production Value
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Employees

Employees Electronic Industry Austria

An industry is in transformation: Over the past few decades, the electrical and electronics industry has transformed from a sector that was purely geared towards the production of goods into one offering a diverse range of highly innovative products and services. As a result of its dynamic development, it is now a key industry for many other sectors, and as such it is also an engine of growth for the Austrian industrial economy.

The electrical and electronics industry is particularly instrumental in the modernisation and advancement of many different areas of infrastructure, and due to its dual role as a “user” and “producer”, it has a unique status among the various industrial sectors:

  • As a “user”, it relies on infrastructure to remain competitive, as does every economic sector. On one hand, the availability and usability of the appropriate local facilities are an absolute necessity. On the other hand, the connection to international markets via infrastructure is of the highest priority for an industry that is largely export-oriented.
  • At the same time, the electrical and electronics industry is the most important producer of infrastructure in the fields of telecommunications, traffic and transport, energy, and healthcare, and it is also a leader in research and development.

For the electrical and electronics industry as a producer, the continued expansion of infrastructure ensures full order books and thus positive development in the future. The electrical and electronics industry as a user is dependent on adequate infrastructure in order to be able to fill these orders under conditions that allow it to remain competitive internationally. This is the only way to prevent the relocation of production facilities abroad and to attract new businesses to the country.

Investments in infrastructure are investments in our future.

The continued expansion of infrastructure makes Austria more attractive as a business location and improves its international competitiveness. This is essential to securing the future economic performance of the electrical and electronics industry in both of these contexts.

Together with its 28 network partners, the FEEI plays a key role in building and modernising Austria’s infrastructure. Thanks to its comprehensive understanding of and focus on the areas of activity that are key for the electrical and electronics industry, the sector has a major say in the design of Austria’s infrastructure in the following areas.

The electrical and electronics industry is a pioneer in creating a modern labour law framework in Austria. It was the first industry to gradually achieve harmonisation of labour law preconditions for wage-earning workers and salaried employees on a large scale, and it strives to find solutions for using working time as productively as possible and for aligning demand and customer requirements. By continuing to improve the labour law framework, the electrical and electronics industry is embracing the socioeconomic change that characterizes modern industrial production and is creating an environment that allows companies to fully develop their strengths in Austria.

The latest information is available under Labour law (in German).

Successful economic and social development would be impossible today without electrical energy. The generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity are the cornerstones of the Austrian energy supply. Companies of the electrical and electronics industry develop and produce innovative technologies for all of these areas. The industry plays a key role in energy efficiency as well. The member companies have invested in the research, development, and production of energy-efficient applications, products, systems, and components for years. With these modern high-tech products, the electrical and electronics industry makes a significant contribution to the efficient and environmentally friendly use of natural resources.

The latest information is available under Energy (in German).

Electronic technologies provide ideal conditions for especially green and resource-saving manufacturing of products, which greatly improves the framework conditions that create a liveable environment. 

The latest information is available under Environment (in German).

Companies in Austria’s electrical and electronics industry are responsible for over one-third of all research spending by Austrian industry. The overwhelming majority of all researchers are employed in this industry. Thanks to its research and technology intensity, the electrical and electronics industry is one of the drivers of innovation in our country, and it makes an important contribution to increasing national value creation – which ultimately means that it also plays a key role in the successful development of Austria as a business location.

The latest information is available under Research and development (in German).

Modern information and communication technologies (ICT) are rapidly changing our economic activity along the entire value creation chain. ICT has become a strategically important industry for innovation and progress in applications, products, systems, and components A modern economy would be unthinkable without information and communication technologies when it comes to solving social and economic challenges of the future. Innovative ICT developments from Austrian companies are used worldwide.

The latest information is available under ICT (in German).

Mobility is a basic need in our society and is also absolutely essential for successful business in Austria. Good transportation infrastructure connects residential and commercial areas, opens up markets, and provides access to workplaces, educational institutions, and recreational facilities. All modes of transportation benefit from products of 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.

The latest information is available under Traffic (in German).

The high-quality healthcare enjoyed by the entire population is one of the special advantages that make Austria unique. To ensure this level of healthcare, not only does the best possible medical equipment need to be available; services need to be modernised on an ongoing basis as well. This saves money and makes it easier for patients to access and navigate the healthcare system. The electrical and electronics industry makes important contributions in all areas. Companies ensure the establishment and operation of a functioning healthcare industry, continuously improve the technology used in medical equipment, and expand the range of services offered, which lays the foundation for a healthcare system that is as patient-friendly and efficient as possible.

The latest information is available under Healthcare (in German).

Research and technology-intensive sectors of industry, such as the electrical and electronics industry, have an urgent need for technical specialists and specialists who contribute their expertise and dedication to the successful development of the industry. By taking the initiative to establish Austria’s first technical university of applied sciences over fifteen years ago, the electrical and electronics industry took an important step that promotes the creation of a knowledge-based society by supporting the education and training of highly qualified technical specialists. Together with other interest groups and partners, this industry segment aims to offer more young people opportunities to pursue technical training or work in a technical profession and aims to help them recognise and take advantage of these opportunities.

Knowledge and training are some of the key factors for long-term, dynamic economic growth. That’s why industry needs specialists who can contribute their expertise to the successful development of the industry. We promote the creation of a knowledge-based society by educating and training highly qualified technical specialists.

The latest information is available under Education and training (in German).

The electrical and electronics industry ensures social and economic-policy acceptance of new technology through an active dialogue with all relevant public players.