is the owner and managing director of the Ortner Holding
in Villach, Austria and of the companies in Wiener
Neudorf near Vienna, Dresden in Germany and Sandy,
UT in USA.
12 / 2008
Mr. Ortner, you deal with
clean-room technology at your company. What is this,
We, at Ortner Reinraumtechnik in Villach,
have been dealing with general clean-room technology
for more than 20 years. This means that rooms must
prevail under the premise of "cleanliness",
in order to be able to ensure the end product quality.
You can find examples of this in the pharmaceutical
industry or in microelectronics. Fields, such as photovoltaic
or food industries, are also relying more on clean
room technology now.
Clean-room technology in itself is
not an invention of our time. For example, let us
take Ignaz Semmelweis, who already paid attention
to particular hygiene conditions for his patients
in the middle of the 19th century, in order to restrict
Over the many decades, clean room technology has developed
into a real quality feature and standard requirement
for production in a wide range of industries and sectors,
e.g.: microelectronics or the pharmaceutical manufacturing
industry. Even if the technology requirements highly
differ, this all-encompassing concept means, again
and again: putting fields of activity and spaces under
clean air conditions.
Our company, Ortner Reinraumtechnik
in Villach, has dedicated itself to these tasks: We
develop, produce and install systems and machines
for cleanrooms in all industries.
Why is the market in Slovenia
and in the Southern European region of particular
interest to you?
Austria, Slovenia and the entire Balkan region have
a long, common history. Our mentality and perceptions
are very similar in many ways. There are far more
commonalities than we are sometimes aware of. The
Slovenian and Carinthian economic and corporate structure
are based on medium-sized and small enterprises. Among
other things, our strengths lie in solid workmanship
and high innovation and problem-solving potential.
We, at Ortner, aim to strengthen the entire economic
region and also pass on our know-how. One of our main
aims is to produce our innovative products with partner
companies in a virtual network and position them on
the market. I am convinced that we Europeans have
a particular ability to develop innovative and high-quality
products for the global market.
The European Union will rapidly expand eastwards.
Our products and technologies are ideally positioned
for high-quality and safe working conditions, e.g.
pharmaceutical operations, healthcare institutions,
food products, etc. On the one hand, we need suppliers
and development partners and on the other hand, we
offer a benefit for reconstruction and technological
The financial and economic
crisis is enveloping more and more countries on our
continent. The cost issue is becoming a central theme
for producers and developers. How do you deal with
In my view, there will be three central
themes during the coming years:
First of all transport costs and transport safety,
second energy costs and logistics and at least environment
protection and pollution. The fuel and energy prices
will rise significantly. This will make a production
location in your own vicinity more and more interesting.
For customers and suppliers, it will be efficient
again to buy products from the environs of the region.
At the same time, a change in society
values will also result from this trend. Values, such
as family, nearness to the workplace, etc. will again
receive its own significance. For well-trained people,
it will also become more interesting to find a job
in their direct environment.
I am convinced that one of the
most important ways of facing the financial and economic
crisis will be a functioning network of suppliers
and customers. For us, at Ortner, the AACC is one
of the binding components for overcoming mental boundaries
and having the courage to forge new paths.