NKE Austria awarded “Hidden Champion 3.0”

Steyr, Austria, July 2014. NKE Austria GmbH has been awarded “Hidden Champion 3.0”. The ceremony took place at the Austrian Export Day of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Vienna on 24 June  2014.


The famous export prize is awarded to companies which render outstanding achievements in the Austrian export business. The certificate was presented to Mr. Rudolf Pirklbauer, Head of Key Account Management with NKE, by Dr. Christoph Leitl, president of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. “All awarded companies are role models for others and demonstrate how new markets can be developed and potentials used,” said Dr. Leitl. Beside strong business performance, the selection criteria for the award include sustainable business development .


“During the last 20 years we have matured from a start-up to a successful medium-sized export company. In addition to a fair customer relationship, professionality, customer orientation and a high-quality service level, we consider a well-established relationship to our distribution partners as very important,” explains Rudolf Pirklbauer, who accepted the prize for NKE. “We see this award as acknowledgement of the achievements of our 150 employees, and as encouragement to make our organization even more efficient and continously improve our information management.”


NKE Austria GmbH is a bearing manufacturer with headquarters in Steyr, Austria. The company with about 150 employees was founded in 1996 by a group of senior staff members of former company Steyr Wälzlager. NKE produces standard and special bearings for all industrial applications. Engineering, product development, production and final processing of components, modular assembly, quality assurance, logistics, sales and marketing – are centralised at NKE’s headquarters in Steyr, Austria. The factory in Steyr is certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001. Its wide range of standard bearings is available from stock or at short production lead-times. NKE also provides tailored products and solutions. In addition to product development and application engineering NKE provides a full range of technical, consulting, documentation and training services. NKE’s products are distributed through 15 international representative offices and more than 240 distribution outlets in 60 countries.

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President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Dr. Christoph Leitl hands over the award „Hidden Champion 3.0“ toRudolf Pirklbauer, Head of Key Account Management at NKE Austria GmbH. (Source: WKO/Fotospeed)