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Managing Director Ing. Gerhard Nachförg, MBA, knows that integration is only a matter of the right setup. “A person in a wheelchair, for example, can be very effective with the right equipment, such as a CNC milling machine, a tilted table or an electronic work station,” he explains.

The company has a spectrum of prototype and serial production in two large divisions: metal and electrical engineering. Together they account for 80% of the 24 million EUR turnover.

“We currently have a major contract for supplying the electronics of a large biomass power plant,” Mr. Nachförg points out. The remainder of production is comprised of textiles and signs with laser, engraving and thermal transfer printing.

The success of GW St. Pölten is its high quality standards. “We are flexible and provide design to cost, too,” he adds. “The work with disabled people is not in the foreground. Instead we want to be known for our performance. We face the competition, and customers choose us due to our magic triangle of price, quality and timeliness.”

GW St. Pölten is a non-profit company. “We are industrial and integrative, not a charity,” Mr. Nachförg says. “We collaborate with universities, for instance the TU Wien, Vienna’s technical university, or with process universities like Keppler Universität.”

The future holds great possibilities for GW St. Pölten. “In cooperation with the TU, we are involved in two large projects in energy and electromobility,” Mr. Nachförg says. “We will continue to focus on modern issues, such as our Clusterland Award-winning solar filling station that we developed. E-mobility is especially important for the physically disabled, so that makes it a priority for us.”

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