Austria – reliable partner of Central Europe’s logistics hub
Its central location in the heart of Europe makes Austria a typical tourist and transit country. Its historically established bridgehead function in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe has also contributed to making the country the logistics hub of Central Europe. Therefore, for example, food products from Greece destined for Germany are transported through Austria, while German machine tools travel in the opposite direction to Italy. Austria’s position in the middle of the Alps means the country is dependent on tunnels and bridges that offer one of the best logistics infrastructures worldwide
- In July 2015 the unemployment rate in Austria was 5.8 % (Eurostat); recently, this figure has been rising.
- The national debt rose to 277.4 billion euros at the end of 2014, which is the equivalent of 84.2 % of GDP. The reasons for this include the ongoing restructuring of the nationalised Bank Hypo Alpe-Adria as well as increased welfare spending.
- The budget deficit rose again in 2014, reaching 2.7 % of GDP at the end of that year. The medium-term financial planning for 2016 and the following years aims to achieve a balanced budget.
(Source: German Foreign Ministry)
The main characteristic of the Austrian economy is its mixture of owner-managed small, medium-sized and large businesses. Compared to other countries, Austria is highly industrialised and has a well-developed mechanical engineering sector, including numerous automotive suppliers as well as a large number of highly specialised SMEs, some of which are world market leaders in their particular segment. Examples of internationally known Austrian businesses include Voestalpine, Magna, Swarowski, KTM, Strabag and Schwarzmüller.
Efficient logistics for companies
Linde Fördertechnik GmbH is one of Austria’s leading suppliers of industrial trucks and warehouse technology.
The company was founded in 1994 and employs approximately 200 people at its headquarters in Linz and its three offices and numerous service centres. In Austria Linde sold over 6,000 industrial trucks in 2015. Warehouse trucks accounted for roughly two thirds of this total, the rest were 19 % electric and 12 % internal combustion forklifts. Linde’s customers in Austria especially include companies in the road, rail and telecommunications sectors. Because of the very demanding Alpine conditions they have to contend with, these companies set high safety standards and accordingly depend on the reliability and robustness of Linde products.
One customer example
With its numerous customers in the logistics sector, the country’s second largest industry, Linde contributes to making Austria an infrastructure pioneer and the logistics hub of Central Europe. One of Linde Austria’s most important customers is Rail Cargo Austria, which transports over 100 million tonnes of goods every year in approximately 24,000 freight trucks. This service provider needs a flexible vehicle fleet and short service response times to transport this incredible volume of goods. Linde Austria accepted the challenge as service partner and assumed responsibility for its customer’s complete fleet management. A central contact partner manages over 500 Linde vehicles – everything from low-platform trucks to counterbalance trucks. As a result, Rail Cargo Austria always has swift and uncomplicated access to an overview of the capacities and requirements of its fleet.