Austrian aviation industry supplier and composites fabrication specialist FACC AG (Ried, Austria) celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sept. 21. The composite specialist invited managers from customers such as Airbus and Boeing to come to St. Martin im Innkreis, where the company celebrated with its whole workforce on September 21. Around 2,500 people visited FACC during the weekend to look back on 25 successful years.
The company, which originated from the ski production division of Fischer Sports, today numbers among the world's leading companies in the design, development and production of composite components for the civil aviation industry. More than 2,800 employees work for FACC in Austria. Worldwide, the company employs more than 3,000 people from 41 countries.
"FACC is an internationally successful flagship company with a firm belief in Austria as an industrial location. Decisive factors in the company's success are, above all, a high research budget, solutions expertise and performance leadership, as well as the knowledge and experience of the employees. On its 25th birthday, I wish FACC all the best and every success for the future as well," said Austria's Vice Chancellor and Minister for Science, Research, and Economic Affairs, Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner.
"With our qualified team, our clear strategy, and our innovative strength, we have become what we are today – a global player. The constant quest for further development is also the foundation stone for being outstandingly well-prepared for the further successful growth of our company and for achieving all our goals. Many thanks to all our customers and investors, who are taking this path together with us," says Walter A. Stephan, CEO and chairman of the FACC Board.
FACC COO Robert Machtlinger said, "Our success is founded on the values pursued actively in the company. Performance, output, respect and team spirit – this is the value compass of FACC. It is a result of the collaboration between many dedicated people. It is also the basis for the profitability of our company in Austria as an industrial location, to which we are clearly committed. We invest in Austria with the objective of keeping the country an efficient location for the long term, through the interaction of our highly qualified employees and use of automated production solutions. I thank all our staff for their passion for FACC."
“In the 25 years I have worked with FACC, the company has shown its commitment to excellence, innovation, and partnership. The promises they make are promises they keep. We are grateful that FACC is part of the Boeing family, and I look forward to many more years making aviation history together," said Jeff Luckey, VP European and Middle East supplier operational performance, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
In the 2013-14 financial year, the company generated sales. Look for a tour of the FACC facility in the November 2014 issue of High-Performance Composites magazine.
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