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					Austrian Automotive Industry
       Status Quo April 2010
           Austrian Trade Commission Chicago
                 Franz Rössler/Margit Mills
                         Tel. 312 644 5556
            Chicago@advantageaustria.org
2010 Austrian ECONOMIC Outlook ....................................................................3

Austrian Motor Vehicle Industry .......................................................................3

Why is the Auto Industry so important for Austria? ...............................................4

Taxation, Environment and Transport Policies .....................................................5
  Scrapping scheme: ................................................................................................ 5
  Climate Active mobile program ................................................................................ 5
  Biofuels ............................................................................................................ 5
  IGL (Immissionsschutz-Gesetz Luft)............................................................................ 5

Recent Developments in the Motor Vehicle Industry..............................................6
  New vehicle Registrations ....................................................................................... 6
  Motor Car Production in Austria ............................................................................... 7
  Employment in the automotive industry...................................................................... 8

Austrian Car Manufacturer Plants .....................................................................8
  General Motors Europe .......................................................................................... 8
  Magna Steyr ....................................................................................................... 9
  Fiat Group ....................................................................................................... 10
  BMW Group ...................................................................................................... 10
  MAN Nutzfahrzeuge ............................................................................................ 11

New Technologies, Austrians in the News ......................................................... 12




                                             Austrian Trade Commission
                                                     April 2010
2010 Austrian ECONOMIC Outlook

Europe in general needs a vibrant manufacturing industry to spark the economic recovery, innovation and
growth required to meet the societal and environmental challenges which lie ahead. Manufacturing provides a
fifth of EU GDP and provides three quarters of EU exports.
Over 80% of the EU private sector research and development expenditures are provided by industry.
Manufacturing firms are also key clients of many services activities. Many of the services jobs in the EU would
be lost without a strong industrial base.

The Automotive industry is currently one of the hardest hit sectors of „the real economy‟ in a recession
triggered initially by the financial crisis. The downturn in the automotive sector will have lagged second round
effects, because the automotive industry has one of the largest „multipliers‟ (creating economic activity in
other parts of the economy through the supply of materials and tools as well as through vehicle sales, after
sales services and in transport related business).

In Europe, by January 2009, vehicle sales were running 3.5m units lower than the trend rate. This shock,
combined with a synchronized crash in key automotive export markets, has brought reality beyond worse case
pre-crisis planning of even the most cautious manufacturers. The automotive industry is characterised by low
margins, high fixed costs (which include labor) and high capital expenditure commitments for new (low
emissions) technologies. Given the tightness in the financial markets, many manufacturers will approach or
breach technical bankruptcy.

Austrian Motor Vehicle Industry

On the back of the worldwide recovery, Austrian volume exports and industrial output should rise by some 4%
each in 2010. Unlike in many other EU countries, private consumption in Austria remained upward bound
(+0.4% in volume in 2009) even during the recession, thanks to substantial real wage gains, higher social
transfers and income tax cuts. The cyclical recovery in Austria promises to be slow and may suffer temporary
setbacks.

WIFO (Österreichische Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Austrian Institute for Economic Research) expects a
real GDP growth of 1.5% on annual average 2010 and a hardly stronger momentum in 2011 (+1.6%). Such flat
upward trend will not allow unemployment to decline, given that labor supply is boosted by a growing
population of working age and a high reserve of discouraged jobseekers. Even if employment growth should
tentatively resume, registered unemployment will rise to nearly 300,000 in 2011 (+70,000 persons in labor
market training). Unemployment will by then reach 8.1% of the dependent labor force (national definition),
the highest rate since 1953, with the risk of the bulk of the recession induced lay-offs becoming long-term
unemployed.

The economic crisis also leads to a jump in the government deficit. The slump in tax revenues and the cost of
fiscal stimulus programs will weaken the general government balance to a gap of 5.2% of GDP in 2010. A slight
improvement to a deficit of 4.8% of GDP is expected for 2011 as tax revenues should recover with employment
picking up and assuming restraint in government expenditure.
Source: WIFO Vienna, 18 December 2009

Austrian car industry suppliers face a scramble to survive as European markets become less important in future
(a top industry research body warned).

The German Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) stated that two-thirds of the Austrian car industry exports
currently go to Germany but that the market will massively decline in importance in future years.



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Austrian car industry experts have urged suppliers to review their business focuses. Consulting firm McKinsey
has warned that car producers are facing an avalanche of costs owing to overcapacity and higher expenses for
development and production.

The economic and financial situation remains the biggest challenge for car and commercial vehicle makers in
2010. At the same time, motorized society is going through an important transition towards more sustainable
mobility.

The Austrian automobile industry plays a pivotal role in Austria‟s economy, driving wide-scale industrial
activity, boosting investment and innovation and bolstering economic growth.


Why is the Auto Industry so important for Austria?

Whilst a significant contributor to Austria‟s economy and society, the automotive industry will continue to face
major political and societal demands and economic challenges. Among them is the call for making road
transport more sustainable by decarbonising it in the long-term and continuously improving road safety.

The rapid globalization of economic activities and the fast pace of technological changes puts further strong
pressures on the sector as well.
The automotive industry is and must continue to be a technology leader, providing attractive and durable
mobility solutions for the transport of individuals and goods. The main challenges of today are to achieve these
goals in a sustainable, competitive and affordable way.

A lot of effort and resource has and will continue to be directed towards the efficient and responsible use of
natural resources, and reducing the environmental impact of transport as a whole. The Austrian automotive
industry is aiming to sustain and enlarge its leadership in this field and increase the recognition of its vital
contribution to today's and tomorrow's society.

Legislative and technological advances in environmental standards and safety mean that cars are cleaner and
safer than ever before. If the industry is to remain competitive in the future, it will need to adapt ever more
swiftly to changing demands from consumers, regulators, shareholders and society as a whole. Continuing to
invest in R&D and to explore innovative technologies will be key, just as well as continued training to maintain
a highly skilled workforce.
All this requires the collaboration of the different parts of the supply chain, including Small and Medium-Sized
Enterprises, as well as the mobilization of large resources.

Austria is taking an integrated approach and the key to success for the Austrian automotive industry will be to
remain a sustainable, competitive and world-leading sector in the long term.


Innovation & Education         Automotive is the leading force of innovation.
Sales & Services               Cars and commercial vehicles generate a wide variety of services.
Transport & Commerce           Moving people and goods spurs economic activity and public services
Fuels & Electricity            Transport and energy demand are closely intertwined.
Manufacturing & Employment     Automotive is the engine of manufacturing in Europe.
Driving & mobility             Automobiles have unlocked an unprecedented level of mobility.
Roads & Infrastructure         Infrastructure connects people, businesses, countries and cultures.
Taxes & Revenues               Automotive and mobility are a major source of income for governments




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                                                  April 2010
Taxation, Environment and Transport Policies


Scrapping scheme:

The "Ökoprämie" (eco-premium) while most of the public referred to it simply as "Abwrackprämie" (scrappage
premium) was introduced on April 1, 2009, and it allowed customers for €1,500 cash if the car was older than
13 years and the new car would meet the Euro-4 emission criteria. There is a limit of 30,000 cars up to
December 2009. Austria gained 8.8 % in sales because of the program.

Whereas the Austrian Importer Association estimates the effects of induced new car sales between 20,000 and
25,000 units, the total effects could even be larger than 30,000 units due to the overall positive effect of
political discussions and additional marketing support by importers and traders.

It is assumed that in Austria 30,000 vehicles have been scrapped according to the incentives provided, about
33,750t CO2 (respectively 1.1t CO2/vehicle) can be saved yearly.
Calculation method: a new car needs about 3 l/100 km less fuel than a scrapped one (13 years or older
vehicles). Average mileage per year of about 30,000 km per vehicle. 30,000 x 3 x 2.5 x (15,000:100) = 33,750.




Climate Active mobile program

The Austrian Ministry for Environment reported that in 2009 the special program of “Klima: aktiv mobil” gave
the following results, thanks to about 700 active partners who joined this program:

Total saving: 325,000t CO2

- 120,000t CO2          (change in vehicle fleets with the primary aim to gain CO2 reductions)
- 132,000t CO2          (through specific mobility management projects)
- 49,000t CO2           (through bicycle projects substituting other transport systems)
- 24,000 t CO2          (through special education of drivers to save fuels)

Biofuels

In February 2009, the Austrian mineral-oil companies increased the share of biodiesel up to 7% (“B7”). With
regard to bio-ethanol, a share of 4.7% of traditional petrol was already introduced in October 2007. These
measures help to reduce CO2 emissions in Austria by 1,500,000t/year.

IGL (Immissionsschutz-Gesetz Luft)
In November 2009, the Austrian Ministry of Environment published a draft amendment to the law of emission
regulations concerning gases in the air. The intention of the current draft is to establish overall Austrian rules
for a sticker helping to identify vehicles according to different emission standards.

Red sticker: EURO 2
Yellow sticker: EURO 3
Green sticker: EURO 4 or better.




                                           Austrian Trade Commission
                                                   April 2010
Recent Developments in the Motor Vehicle Industry



New vehicle Registrations

In total, 14.1 million new cars were registered in the EU in 2009. Besides Slovakia (+6.7%) and the Czech
Republic (+12.5%), only Austria (+8.8%), France (+10.7%), and Germany (+23.2%) posted growth compared to
2008, with results lifted by scrapping incentives.
ACEA press release – 15/01/2010:

Austria sold 21,786 vehicles in February 2010 vs. 18,827 in February 2009, that is a +15.7 % increase.
These numbers are commencing with the January 2010 new passenger car registrations figures and are looking
positive for 2010.

Year             New Registration 4x4 in %^   Diesel in %

1990              288,618             7.1       25.7


1991              303.723             6.0       22.1


1992              320.034             6.0       26.2


1993              285.157             5.9       31.6


1994              273.663             4.9       39.9


1995              279.610             5.7       42.8


1996              307.645             6.6       49.4


1997              275.001             6.5       53.3


1998              295.865             5.5       54.5


1999              314.182             6.5       57.4


2000              309.427             6.9       61.9


2001              293.528             6.6       65.7


2002              279.493             7.9       69.6


2003              300.121             8.8       71.5


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2004          311.292                10.3        70.7


2005          307.915                12.5        64.7


2006          308.594                13.6        61.1


2007          298.182                15.3        59.0


2008          293.697                14.2        54.6


2009          319.403                12.7        45.7




Motor Car Production in Austria

2007
Q1            Q2            Q3              Q4           Total 2007
68,718        62,018        48,146          49,184       228,066


2008
Q1            Q2            Q3              Q4           Total 2008
51,162        47,292        30,471          22,353       151,277


2009
Q1            Q2            Q3              Q4           Total 2008
15,794        18,661        18,573          18,732       71,714

More on new car characteristics at
http://www.acea.be/index.php/news/news_detail/trends_in_new_car_characteristics/




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                                               April 2010
Employment in the automotive industry

The numbers are corresponding to the production of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers; figures are
based on Eurostat and National Automobile Associations data.

2001                            30.360 people
2002                            28.273 people
2003                            29.587 people
2004                            29.587 people
2005                            33.293 people
2006                            33.108 people
2007                            33.850 people


Austrian Car Manufacturer Plants

General Motors Europe

GENERAL MOTORS EUROPE in Aspern Production of Engines

In Austria, General Motors is represented by 217 dealer sites for Opel, 87 for Chevrolet and 20 for Saab,
located in all federal states and provinces across the country. GM employs approximately 1.860 people in
the production plant at General Motors Powertrain-Austria GmbH, and approximately 70 people at
General Motors Austria GmbH.

Smaller fuel engines and gear mechanisms are produced in the Powertrain factory in Austria. Around
ninety per cent of its production is delivered to GM‟s German subsidiary Opel and British sister firm
Vauxhall. Every second Opel has a transmission and every third Opel an engine produced at the Vienna
plant. Please see also the article at Advantage Austria.

GM announced a part-time move for 1,540 of the 1,800 Powertrain staff at the beginning of 2009, but put
1,140 of them back into full-time work in March 2009. The remaining 400 part-time workers went back working
full-time in June 09.

GM argued the German government‟s subsidy scheme for scrapping old cars that went into effect in January
2009 had had a positive impact on its business in Europe. There are currently no plans to reintroduce part-time
contracts at the factory since it has received an increasing number of orders over the past few months.

GM Europe expects to save 3.3 billion EUR through jobs cuts. European countries with Opel plants will
contribute around 2.7 billion EUR in state aid, with GM contributing 600 million EUR itself. Whether this
represents the last installment of a loan from the German government, which GM received last year, is
unclear. It may also represent an advance payment of development funding from GM to Opel of some 650
million EUR. But these funds have nothing to do with the recovery plan.

It is clear, however, that 1.2 billion EUR is being demanded mainly from Spain, Britain and Austria. No
immediate job cuts are planned at plants in Ellesmere Port (England), Aspern (Austria), Gliwice (Poland) and
Szentgotthard (Hungary), apart from those going through early retirement schemes.

In Bochum, Germany according to GM, some 1,800 jobs will disappear, mainly because production of
transmissions is ending in Plant 2 and will move to Aspern, Austria.



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                                                  April 2010
The federal government under Chancellor Angela Merkel (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) had promised
billions in loans last year, when GM proposed the sale of its European division to the Canadian-Austrian auto
supplier Magna.

General Motors, Aspern Austria

At a glance                                                   2007                   2008

Employees                                                     1,850                  1,640

Total registrations                                           29,406                 26,336

Market share                                                  8.6%                   7.8%

Production                                                    16,979                 11,052


In 2008, GM sold 26,315 cars and light vehicles in Austria.

Sales in 2008
Brand                                                                  2008 Units

Opel/Vauxhall                                                          23,030

Saab                                                                   297

Chevrolet                                                              2,878

Other GM                                                               131

Total GM                                                               26,336

Total Market Sales                                                     338,788

GM Market Share                                                        7.8%




Magna Steyr

MAGNA STEYR in Graz with the Production of Mercedes-Benz (until 2015), Aston Martin (from 2009), Peugeot,
Mini, Chrysler & Jeep (until mid-2010)

Magna International is one of the largest and most diversified suppliers in the European market, highlighted by
Magna‟s complete vehicle engineering and assembly operations in Graz, Austria.

In February 2009, Magna Steyr announced that it had signed a new agreement with Daimler AG to extend
production of the G-Class until 2015. The G-Class is built in Graz, Austria. Magna Steyr is currently producing
the G-Class in convertible, three-door and five-door versions. The G-Class has been produced in Graz for over
30 years with overall output of around 200,000 units.

In March 2008, Aston Martin agreed a deal with Magna Steyr for the assembly of its forthcoming Rapide sedan
at the Canadian supplier's Graz plant in Austria. This rival for the Porsche Panamera and Maserati Quattroporte
will be built at the Magna Steyr facility in Southern Austria from late 2009, Aston Martin says. The contract is
for 2,000 vehicles per year, with engines to be sourced from Ford of Europe's Cologne plant. The latter factory
currently supplies powertrains for existing Aston Martin cars.


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In October 2009, Magna Steyr announced it had been contracted to develop and manufacture the aluminum
body for the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. In addition to the aluminum body, Magna Steyr will develop and
manufacture other major parts and modules of the vehicle, including the gullwing doors, as well as
bonnet/hood and deck lids. Most of the paintwork will also be completed in Graz, and Magna Steyr will provide
engineering support for the development of the complete vehicle.

But the future in Graz is E-Cars and Magna is hoping this will indeed push them to the forefront of global E-
Mobility bringing much needed jobs to Styria and helping Austria‟s trade deficit in one go.
Magna formed a new subsidiary: Magna E-Car Systems.

Magna, a very diversified automotive supplier, has concentrated all competences and activities in the electro-
mobility segment (hybrid and electric vehicles), enabling customers to benefit from an optimally coordinated
package of services. Magna E-Car Systems will work in close collaboration with the Magna groups that own key
competences in the field of automotive technology: Magna Steyr (complete vehicle engineering and assembly),
Magna Powertrain (powertrain) and Magna Electronics (e-motors, inverters, chargers).

Magna Steyr produced under contract for BMW a SAV or a sports activity auto, the BMW X3 until 2010. BMW
will shift assembly of its X3 sport utility vehicle to its plant in Spartanburg, S.C., from Magna's Magna Steyr
plant in Graz, Austria, in 2010, after it stops making the vehicle's current generation.
BMW, of Munich, Germany, is increasing the Spartanburg plant's capacity to 200,000 vehicles a year from
140,000 to protect itself against the weak U.S. dollar. Losing X3 production could cost Magna more than $2
billion in revenue, based on 2008 - 113,000 vehicle sales. Magna reported assembly revenue of $4.4 billion last
year.


Fiat Group

FIAT GROUP in Graz with the Production of Magirus firefighting vehicles (IVECO)

Fiat was in 1899 in Torino Italy as “Italiana Automobili Torino” established. In 1909 Fiat opened a factory that
produced cars, trucks, tractors, trains, marine engines and airplanes. Fiat produces “Magirus”firefighting
vehicles ( IVECO).


BMW Group

BMW GROUP in Steyr with the production of engines and components

BMW Group Steyr established in 1982 in Steyr, Austria has 2,506 workers and about 2,381.8 Mio. EUR in
revenue. The activities at the facility range from Diesel engine research and development for the BMW Group
to the Production of 6-cylinder petrol engines and 4- and 6-cylinder diesel engines.

The BMW Group has been an important factor in Austria's economy for almost 30 years. BMW Austria
Gesellschaft m.b.H., the Group's Import and Sales Company, took up its activities in Salzburg back in 1978.
One year later, on June 21, 1979, Austrian Chancellor Dr Bruno Kreisky broke the ground for the construction
of a Development and Manufacturing Company in Steyr/Upper Austria - today's BMW Motoren GmbH. To date,
the BMW Group employs nearly 3,000 associates in Austria.

Including engines from the Plant Steyr, the volume of purchasing and procurement by the BMW Group within
Austrian companies is more than 4 billion EUR. This amount is equivalent to Austria's budget for Research and
Development (about 4 billion EUR) or Labor Market Policy (about 4.8 billion EUR).



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Almost 22 million EUR were invested in an additional building and state of the art testing facilities. More than
300 highly qualified associates from the departments of construction, calculation and experiment work for the
continuous improvement of the “ultimate driving machine”.


Production Volume in 2009 (Engines):


Total                            713,000
Fuel Engines                     254,100
Diesel Engines                   458,900

Component Manufacturing:


Crankcase                        808,000
Crankshaft                       796,000
Cylinder heads                   468,000
Con Rods                         5.24 Mio.


The BMW Group received in March 2010 a major order from the American law enforcement vehicle
manufacturer, Carbon Motors Corp., to supply more than 240,000 diesel engines. The engines should help to
reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of more than 240,000 US law enforcement vehicles by up to
40% over the coming years. The estimated order value will be measured in “billions” of Euros. The future is
open for expansion: In the US, Police forces drive a fleet of 450,000 vehicles, 75,000 of which need to be
replaced very year.

BMW GROUP in Graz

The increase in US output is compensated for by the drop in Austrian production, because the X3 is being
moved to US shores from being contract manufactured by Magna Steyr in Graz. But this does not mean BMW is
has given up relying on external manufacturers. While the X3 production is being moved back in house, BMW
plans to continue contract manufacturing to external partners, namely Magna Steyr, on a project basis for
niche products. This seems to be the case of the new SUV under the MINI brand which is expected for mid
2010.


MAN Nutzfahrzeuge

MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Österreich AG in Steyr and Vienna Production of MAN trucks between 8 and 16 tons.

With 3,311 employees and 1.89 billion EUR revenue in 2008 Man produced 22,571 trucks, 45,216 truck cabins
and 59,054 components for trucks in Steyr and 3,832 trucks in Vienna.

The recession resulted in 46 % decrease in the European Truck Market in 2009 from about 410,000 to 220,000
trucks.
MAN says that the recession is over and the numbers are starting to be more positive and their market share
within Europe is stabilizing. For 2009 MAN booked an order volume of about 5.2 billion EUR, that is about 43 %
less than in 2008. The revenue of 10.6 billion EUR in 2008 fell to 6.4 billion EUR in 2009, which is about 40 %
less.


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New Technologies, Austrians in the News

Electro Vehicle Program

Austria‟s regions set the pace with projects in electric mobility. While the most Western region Vorarlberg has
a fleet of 75 EVs (Electro Vehicles) up and running, the Eastern region Steiermark has created a centre of
excellence dedicated to explore new solutions in EV technologies.

Electromobility.org

The European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles AVERE is welcoming Austria, as a
partner to strengthen, also with the support of cars21.com, the European network of industrial manufacturers
and suppliers for electric vehicles. The Elektromobily.org Association was founded in 1980 and has currently
close to 80 members..

Clean Motion Project

The Austrian Clean Motion Project concentrates on flexible components. In Upper Austria (OÖ), automotive
suppliers work on developing concepts to pave the way for electric vehicle mass production. They believe in a
building block system to adapt electric mobility to every day use. 32 partners from industry, private and public
institutions team up with power companies and regional authorities to develop key technologies in electric
mobility and prepare the region of Upper Austria for electric vehicle (EV) mass production.
The Austrian Climate and Energy Fund supports the venue with 4 million EUR. The project partners see a
potential for the production of 10,000 niche vehicles and the eventual creation of 9,000 employments which
would up the number of the regional workforce in the automotive sector by 10%.

Ten Point Action Plan

In January, 2010, the Austrian Ministry of Environment published a 10 point action plan for electric mobility in
order to stimulate the EV market. Renewable energies, higher energy efficiency, EV mass market, conversion
of fleets to EVs and extension of EV charging infrastructure are some of the points tackled under the action
plan. This ten point action plan is meant to pave the way for electric mobility in Austria and aims at bringing
in the medium run 250,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the streets which would account for 430,000 CO 2
emissions reductions.

BV Mobil

BVmobil - Austrian Sustainable Mobility. The new association founded in 2009 brings together sustainable
mobility clubs, companies, organizations and individuals that are experts in the field of sustainable
transportation. Key goals and main activities include the exchange of information, studies, and test results in
the field of sustainable mobility as well as public relations and lobbying activities in Austria. Similarly,
European and global networking is the goal of the association.
There are currently more that 200 electric cars and countless vegetable oil vehicles on the roads in Austria. In
addition there are numerous two-wheeled vehicles such as electric bikes, electric scooters and electric
motorcycles. Austrian Sustainable Mobility has in its affiliation technical advisors who have considerable years
of experience in service and maintenance of electric vehicles and who have dealt for several years with the
substitution of vegetable oil for fossils fuel and have had their vehicles converted accordingly.




Austrian Companies with Subsidiaries in the USA



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AVL Graz, Austria

AVL is the world's largest privately owned company for development, simulation and testing technology of
powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger
cars, trucks and large engines.
AVL has 4,500 workers, 2,000 in Graz, and an additional 2,500 world-wide with a turnover of 740 Million EUR.
In addition to the business with customers all over the world, AVL is active in various research and
development cooperations on national as well as international level. This includes on national level the
cooperation with the Automotive Cluster Styria, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, the Christian
Doppler Research Association, the Austrian Centres of Competence, regional and national governments as well
as other individual research cooperations.

Worldwide, AVL has more than 94 modern engine test beds, 16 chassis dynos and a multiplicity of transmission
and component test beds for small to very large engine applications.

In the US, six Technical Centers have a total of 21 test sites for engine/transmission/powertrain development
and testing. These facilities have the capabilities to handle development tasks, typically requiring more
complex engine set-ups and using a complete range of emission and combustion analysis instrumentation to
validation testing requiring 24/7 operation.

Austrian powertrain engineering firm AVL has a new research and development facility in California dedicated
to alternative fuels. AVL conducts both engineering and research work for its automaker clients as well as
building test equipment for use in clients facilities. The new facility, located in Lake Forest, is focusing on
working with automakers and suppliers to help with system integration of electric and hybrid drive systems.
Integrating and calibrating electronics, batteries, electrical and mechanical hardware is the most time
consuming aspect of developing these new vehicles. AVL's new test bed allows all of these subsystems to be
pulled together in a vehicle and evaluated in a controlled environment. The Lake Forest lab was already
working with Chrysler on its ENVI electric drive program, which is behind vehicles like the Dodge Circuit EV,
before fully opening.

Miba AG

Miba was founded in 1927 as a repair and production shop for engine components and has since grown into a
leading international group employing over 2,500 people. Miba produces and sells sintered components, engine
bearings, friction materials and coatings at eleven sites worldwide.

Miba HydraMechanica Sterling Heights, situated in greater Detroit at the heart of the US auto industry,
supplies the automotive, aerospace and construction machinery industry with high-end friction materials for
wet- and dry-running applications in clutches and brakes. 50 people produce Friction discs with fiber
composite, carbon and carbon composite materials, friction discs, steel discs and fully assembled clutch
modules.

Miba announced the next step forward for its operations in North America with expansion of its McConnelsville,
Ohio plant on June 29, 2010. The new Ohio plant will add some 200 workers to the payroll of the current 300
US Miba employees. See also the article on Advantage Austria.


Fronius USA expands and opens a sales and service center in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga, Tennessee - The United States is another country where Fronius welding technology finds itself
in good shape. The international technology company has therefore recently invested in a new sales and
support center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The company has set up the new location to handle all aspects of
customer support in the Southeast region of the USA. The new location, which is just shy of 5000 square feet,


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includes modern offices, a conference room, a warehouse and a fully functional application lab. This setup
means that Fronius's Chattanooga facility is in line with its other sites in upholding the company's guiding
principle of providing the same high level of Fronius quality all over the world.

Pollmann North America

Pollmann North America is a automotive supplier which develops and manufactures electro-mechanical
subassemblies for various industries.
With productions facilities in Austria, Czech Republic, China and the US (Romeoville, Illinois).Pollmann in
Romeoville has about 50 employees who develop and mass produce simple, complex and intelligent
mechatronic subassemblies and products made from the material composite plastic and metal in a global
market.




All Information in this document is to the best of our knowledge but without guarantee.




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