Probability of settlement of Chinese technology firms in Vienna

Client/Funding Institution

Vienna Business Agency


In the present expertise it is argued that because of the relatively small amount of Chinese direct investments in Europe and in Austria respectively, in spite of their focus on technology-intensive sectors, a strong inflow of Chinese technology enterprises to Vienna cannot be expected in the immediate future. The most likely scenario are sales offices with possible follow-up investments in the field of R&D in order to adapt products to the European market. Also the participation in or the purchase of Austrian technology enterprises (M&A) by Chinese firms is possible, with the aim to acquire strategic assets in the technology sector. Subsequently one may well expect capital increases and an expansion of research activities. Less likely, apart from isolated cases, is the establishment of company research centres or the location of young Chinese high-tech enterprises in Vienna.


August 2010 - August 2010

wiiw team Leader

Waltraut Urban

Countries covered: Austria, China

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI