New on the Rails

Maiden trip of the ÖBB cityjet

13. Dec 2015

Following extensive trial runs and load tests, the time had finally come for the new ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) cityjet to commence its official maiden trip on November 20, 2015. In the meantime, five of these high-comfort trains are already in operation for the benefit of travelers, with a total of 101 new trains to be put into service by 2018. In this way, ÖBB is making daily mobility even more comfortable and simpler for commuters and city residents than in the past.

Sought-After Speaker

Daniel Huber at prominent conferences

30. Nov 2015

Spirit Design Managing Director Daniel Huber held an expert presentation at both the European Rail Summit held in Vienna and the Railway Interiors Expo in Prague in November 2015. We used both forums as a platform to exchange views with the market leaders. In particular in Prague, we held interesting talks with representatives of other mobility sectors, which is a good omen for the future of rail mobility and a clear signal for different types of transport to move more closely together.

Design Thinking

Georg Wagner at the Austrian Consultants’ Days

13. Nov 2015

The Professional Association of Management Consultancy and Information Technology of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber gathered its members together to attend the Austrian Consultants’ Days at Deloitte on November 13, 2015. At the invitation of host Alexander Kainer, Managing Partner of Deloitte Austria, Spirit Design Managing Director Georg Wagner lectured about “design thinking”. He showed how strategic design companies succeed in promoting corporate innovation, as well as what Spirit Design specifically does.

Japanese Rail Experts at Spirit Design

Cross-cultural exchange of know-how

12. Oct 2015

Their annual international market monitoring led the Japan Railway Rolling Stock & Machinery Association to visit us at our premises in Vienna’s Hasnerstrasse on October 12, 2015. The organization, which promotes safety, operational efficiency and innovation in rail traffic, chose the industry experts from Spirit Design as their desired dialogue partners.

Expert Raimund Klausegger

New Mobility Design

29. Jul 2015

New mobility requires and simultaneously enables a new infrastructure, urban planning and architecture. Within the context of the "Nemo - New Mobility Design Kongress" in Stuttgart organized by the business promotion agency Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart, Raimund Klausegger discussed mobility with architects, representatives of the mobility economy and urban planners, with an emphasis on designing new traffic routes.

Austrian Design Explosion

Triennale Museum in Milan

08. Jul 2015

On the occasion of Austria’s participation in the World’s Fair, EXPO Milano 2015, Austria’s official trade promotion authority AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA presented the exhibition "Austrian Design Explosion" in the Triennale Museum, one of the most renowned design institutions in the world, from June 26 – July 5, 2015. Spirit Design with customers such as Head and Rosenbauer was included among the key examples highlighting Austria’s design and technology landscape. On balance, the work of 120 Austrian companies and creative professionals was shown.

New competitive format in sailing

Our Lago in the national sailing league

02. Jul 2015

What has long become an integral part of many prominent sports is now finding its way into the sport of sailing – namely a separate league competition for the country’s sailing clubs. The Lago26, a regatta yacht we designed for world sailing champion Hans Spitzauer will also be taking part.

Up until there has been no nationwide club competition with a high level of importance in Austrian sailing. This is now going to change. The initiative will open up the sport to a broader public and promote enhanced public perception. The new competitive format is oriented to popular sports and unifies the enormous future potential of the entire sailing elite, whether Olympic participants, amateurs, recreational athletes, young or old, female or male.

In the first season of the Austrian Sailing League, there will be two events in different areas. The premiere will take place from July 10-12, 2015 at Lake Traunsee, and the second competition will be held at Lake Neusiedl from August 21-23, 2015, where our Lago26 will be involved. In 5 Lago26 regatta yachts, teams will sail against each other in three short races in each round of the competition.

We look forward to this new initiative in the sport of sailing with a strong public appeal and wish the participating clubs every success!

Here you can read the article in the magazine “Yachtrevue“ containing all details on the competition >


Focus on design

Exporters' Nite 2015

01. Jul 2015

Each year Foreign Trade Austria (Aussenwirtschaft Austria) asks successful exporters in the country to step up from behind the scenes. Within the context of the gala award ceremony on June 30, 2015 held at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, the Austrian Export Award for 2015 was bestowed by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

This year the award presentation completely focused on the issue of design. Daniel Huber and last year’s winner, Rosenbauer CEO Dieter Siegel, answered questions on their joint work on the new PANTHER from Alfons Haider, who served as the moderator for the evening event.

The award honors export achievements of the previous year. It is granted in six categories: Retail, Commerce & Trade, Industry, Information & Consulting, Tourism & Leisure Industry as well as Transport & Traffic. Prizes are given to export pioneers as well as companies with impressive export rates whose successes cause a stir around the world.

Among the invited guests were Sebastian Kurz, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Reinhold Mitterlehner, Vice Chancellor and Minister of Science, Research and Economy, Christoph Leitl, Federal Economic Chamber President, Walter Koren, Head of Aussenwirtschaft Austria, Volker Ammann, business representative in Singapore, and Lilli Hollein, Director of Vienna Design Week.

Our contribution to the Vienna Energy Forum

Recognition by UNIDO

30. Jun 2015

In recognition of our contribution to the Vienna Energy Forum, UNIDO Secretary General Li Yong gave us this award within the context a festive ceremony at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Our Brazilian colleague Bianca Barroso proudly accepted the award on behalf of us and our project partner CIBiogás.

Smart urban light vehicles

Project EU-LIVE launches

23. Jun 2015

Spirit Design is developing smart urban light vehicles in cooperation with other elite European researchers and manufacturers. The European consortium of leading vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and research institutions is developing a comprehensive solution for the next generation of electrified, cost- and energy-efficient light vehicles. The unrivalled modular development approach of the collaborative EU-LIVE (Efficient Urban LIght VEhicles) project will provide a complete range of different electrified powertrains and vehicle bodies with different designs that are cost-efficient and easy to produce. The official kick-off took place in Graz on June 22, 2015, when the project was presented to the public for the first time.