Research & Networks

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The Leoben business hub has outstanding relations with research. The driving forces in this close partnership are Leoben University and the numerous Leoben-based scientific institutions and R&D centres with international renown that cover everything from fundamental to applied research at company level.


Research facilities & clusters

MCL – Materials Center Leoben

Roseggerstraße 12
8700 Leoben
+43 3842 45 9 22-0
Website MCL

MCL specialises in materials, their production and machining processes and innovative applications. The focus is on steel and various metals and non-metals, tools and microelectronics.

PCCL – Polymer Competence Center Leoben

Sauraugasse 1
8700 Leoben
+43 3842 429 62-0
Website PCCL

PCCL is a leading Austrian centre for cooperative research in the field of plastics engineering and polymer sciences. The research centre is involved in R&D projects dedicated to innovative plastics solutions in a wide range of areas (automotive, aviation, packaging, solar, photovoltaics).

K1 MET – Metallurgical Competence Centre

Roseggerstraße 16
8700 Leoben
+43 3842 43643 10
Website K1 MET

The K1-MET Centre researches the fields of resources and recycling, metallurgical core processes, simulation tools and decarbonisation. One of the main objectives is to achieve decarbonisation of steelmaking through hydrogen-based steel production, energy efficiency and reduction of the specific CO2 emissions.

Resources Innovation Center Leoben

Peter Tunner-Straße 15
8700 Leoben
+43 3842 402 7601
Website RIC

The Resources Innovation Center Leoben at Leoben University manages international partnerships of the university in the field of sustainable research, training and industrialisation.

Christian Doppler Laboratories

at Leoben University
Franz Josef-Straße 18
8700 Leoben
+43 3842 402-0
Website Leoben University: CD-Laboratories

Several CD laboratories at the university conduct application-oriented fundamental research.

Österreichisches Gießerei-Institut

Parkstraße 21
8700 Leoben
+43 3842 43101-0
Website ÖGI

Gießerei-Institut conducts application-oriented research on process- and material-specific topics. The range of services includes material testing and characterisation, the simulation of casting processes, assessment of casting quality and initial sample testing.

Erich Schmid Institut

Jahnstrasse 12
8700 Leoben
+43 3842 804 112
Website Erich Schmid Institut

The Erich Schmid Institut of the Austrian Academy of Sciences focuses on research in the field of material science.

Technology Transfer Centre

Außeninstitut at Leoben University
Peter Tunner-Straße 27
8700 Leoben
+43 3842 402 8401
Website Außeninstitut

The Technology Transfer Centre of Leoben University acts at the interface between science and business.

Zentrum für angewandte Technologie (ZAT)

Peter Tunner-Straße 19
8700 Leoben
+43 664 839 65 11
Website ZAT

The business incubator of Leoben University and Leoben Municipality has been supporting start-up companies for more than twenty years and is the hotbed for many successful ventures.

Other R&D centres

Technology Center RHI Magnesita

Magnesitstraße 2
8700 Leoben
+43 502 130
Website RHI Magnesita

The Technology Centre in Leoben is the largest multi-disciplinary R&D site of the RHI Magnesita group, a leading global supplier of refractory products. The centre develops new materials, products, systems and procedures for all industrial areas of RHI Magnesita.

F&E voestalpine Stahl Donawitz

Kerpelystraße 199
8700 Leoben
+43 50304 25-0
Website voestalpine

The R&D department of voestalpine Stahl Donawitz deals with the evaluation of raw and input materials, as also product, process and customer-specific material development.

Joanneum Research Materials

Institute for Surface Technologies and Photonics
Leobner Straße 94
8712 Niklasdorf
+43 316 876-3304
Website Joanneum Research

The institute is the point of contact for technology and process development in areas including green photonics and electronics, piezoelectrical sensors and energy harvesters and laser production technology.

Marketing & networking

AREA m Styria

Koloman-Wallisch-Platz 1
8605 Kapfenberg
+43 3862 21234-0
Website Area m Styria

AREA m Styria is an intercommunal agency for the towns of Upper Styria. Its job is marketing the regional core skills and expertise in technology and materials of this exceptional region at an international level.

Wirtschaftsfrühstück – Business breakfast

Siegfried Nerath
+43 676 8410 2210
Website Wirtschaftsfrühstück

The Leoben Business Breakfast is a great opportunity for exchange and networking, in particular for SMEs. The regular event is always held at a different companies or organisations in Leoben.