Treibacher Industrie AG

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Treibacher Industrie AG

legal form Corporation
founding 1898
Seat Althofen , Carinthia , AustriaAustriaAustria 
Number of employees approx. 900 (2018)
sales 498 million euros (2017)
Branch Chemical industry

Flints are still produced today.

The Treibacher Industrie AG is a company of the chemical industry based in Treibach (municipality Althofen ) in Carinthia . The company, which was founded in 1898 by the inventor of the flint , Carl Auer von Welsbach , as Treibacher Chemische Werke , employs around 900 people worldwide in 2018 and achieved sales of 498 million euros in 2017.

In the possession of Wienerberger Baustoffindustrie AG from 1990 , Treibacher Industrie AG was sold to the German industrialist August von Finck junior in 2000 for 126 million euros . Since 2007 the company has been owned by the private foundations of the Schaschl families, the former managing director of Wienerberger AG, and Rauch, the owner of the Rauch fruit juices .


Factory facilities in Althofen

Business areas

Treibacher Industrie AG is a manufacturer of chemical and metallurgical precursors for a range of industrial applications. It produces ferro vanadium and ferro molybdenum for the steel and foundry industry, powder for the hard metal industry and materials for ceramic applications as well as fine chemicals for a wide variety of markets, such as B. the pharmaceutical and catalyst industries.

The starting point for many products are rare earths , but also tungsten and tantalum oxide and molybdenum as well as steel mill slags containing vanadium .

The recycling division of Treibacher Industrie AG processes used metal-containing catalysts from the oil industry and uses these residues to produce high-quality alloys and additives for the steel industry.

In 2010, Treibacher Industrie AG received the innovation award for continuous innovation from the state of Carinthia and was also among the last six nominees for the state award for innovation.

About 80% of the products are sold abroad, mainly in Europe, but also in Asia and North and South America.


Founder Carl Auer von Welsbach

The chemist Carl Freiherr Auer von Welsbach had already experimented with rare earths during his studies and, after completing his doctorate and returning to Vienna in 1885, developed the incandescent mantle - an incandescent body that represented a significant advance in the gas lighting commonly used at the time, both in terms of consumption and production costs meant and was an economic success.

Auer also dealt with electric light and patented the first usable metal filament lamp in 1898 . In the same year he founded the Treibacher chemical works . After the invention and patenting of the flint , consisting of an alloy of cerium and iron , the company started producing mixed metals and flints in 1903, and from 1907 lighters were also made.

In addition to the production of flints for lighters, which still exists today under the brand name Auermetall , Carl Auer succeeded for the first time in separating rare earths: neodymium , praseodymium , ytterbium and lutetium . Even today, a large part of production at Treibacher Industrie AG is based on rare earths. Ferro alloys have been manufactured since 1916. In 1978 the company started recycling materials containing metal.

In 1994 Treibacher Schleifmittel GmbH was spun off as an independent company and is now part of the French Imerys Group under the company name Imerys Fused Minerals Villach GmbH with its subsidiary Imerys Technology Center Austria GmbH .

In 1996 Treibacher Auermet was founded in Ravne / Slovenia. In 2012 Treibacher Industrie AG received the “Phönix” waste management award from the Ministry of the Environment. In 2013 Treibacher Industrie AG bought Leuchtstoffwerk Breitungen GmbH.

In 2015 the Treibacher Auermet in Ravne / Slovenia was sold.

In 2016 Tribotecc GmbH , a manufacturer of metal sulfides, was taken over by Treibacher Industrie AG.

The new apprentice center was opened in 2018.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c corporate governance
  2. a b Career with Treibacher. Treibacher Industrie AG, accessed on December 11, 2018 .
  3. a b c data and facts. Retrieved October 29, 2018 .
  4. owner. Archived from the original on November 13, 2010 ; Retrieved May 4, 2011 .
  5. Innovation award . (PDF; 111 kB) Accessed May 4, 2011 .
  6. Imerys Fused Minerals Villach GmbH & Imerys Technology Center Austria GmbH of October 18, 2019, accessed on May 2, 2020
  7. Waste Management Award. Retrieved May 28, 2012 .
  8. ^ History. Retrieved June 23, 2014 .
  9. History | Treibacher Industrie AG. Retrieved October 29, 2017 .
  10. History | Treibacher Industrie AG. Retrieved October 29, 2017 .