1. Leoben as a Location for Business
Famous as one of Austria’s most long-standing centres for business, nowadays Leoben is a modern economic and knowledge-based city with strong industrial enterprises, as well as many innovative SMEs and research institutions. Leoben has nearly 28,000 (permanent and temporary) inhabitants and is the second largest city in Styria.
Experts and central geographic location
Companies benefit from the university city’s well-trained professionals and experts, as well as from its central geographic location with good road and rail connections. Airports are only a 50 (Graz) or 90 minute (Vienna) car journey away from Leoben. Leoben has also made a name for itself as a trade and tourist centre.
Distances from Leoben:
- Graz: 62 km
- Klagenfurt: 141 km
- Vienna: 172 km
- Linz: 180 km
- Bratislava: 216 km
- Salzburg: 243 km
2. Industry and Trade
In 2018, Leoben had more than 3,000 business establishments, among them many craft and retail businesses, as well as more than 50 industrial enterprises. Leoben is the seat of several global players, who are active globally and offer high-quality employment in the region.
Commercial centre Leoben
Leoben is one of the cities in Austria which have the highest pedestrian volumes. The Leoben City Shopping (LCS) shopping centre in the heart of the old town is an important part of a lively city centre. Commercial and specialised retail centres in certain parts of the city, as well as annual trade fairs and the legendary “Gösser Kirtag” (one-day traditional festival in the beginning of October) make Leoben even more interesting.
3. Education and Training
The Montanuniversität is one of Austria’s leading universities. The technical university was founded in 1840 and trains specialists in different fields of engineering sciences. Several additional research institutions and networks as well as education and training opportunities round out the spectrum of options at the university.
Child care and schools
Leoben, however, is not only a university city but also offers a variety of child care facilities and schools. With regard to secondary schools, Leoben offers two renowned academic secondary schools; as well as the HLW Leoben (upper secondary school for economic professions), with practice-oriented specialisations and the HTL Leoben (upper secondary technical school) with specialisations in raw materials technology, materials engineering or logistics.