Press Release


125th birthday – The Night of Dedication

Teodor Currentzis conducts the anniversary concert, Vienna’s Konzerthaus is transformed into a time machine, and 1,400 guests celebrate the past, present, and future of Viennese technology group Kapsch.

Vienna, September 12, 2017 – Star conductor Teodor Currentzis brought the anniversary concert in the Great Hall at the Wiener Konzerthaus marking 125 years of Kapsch to an end with “The Ode to Joy,” the 4th movement from Beethoven’s Ninth. Around 1,400 guests from industry, culture, and politics, together with friends and associates of the Austrian global enterprise, were treated to the pleasure of a private concert given by the conductor and “his” musicAeterna orchestra on Monday, September 11. The concert was streamed live for Kapsch employees around the world.

That was unquestionably the acoustic highlight of the evening – but certainly not the only one. The entire house was decorated to reflect 125 years of Kapsch in every respect; its past, present, and future. The Great Hall was immersed in a bright and intensely colorful interplay of varying backgrounds, each in perfect accordance with the music, creating a striking combination of old and new.

Austria’s Minister of Finance, Hans-Jörg Schelling, noted Kapsch’s instinct for current and future developments: “125 years of Kapsch means change and progress, foresight and vision, research and development, solidarity between family and employees.” He was picking up on a comment made by Georg Kapsch, who stressed during his greeting: “I am profoundly grateful to everyone who has made, and is making, this success, these 125 years, possible.” Kari Kapsch noted the necessity of understanding not only the market but also customer needs, and CFO Franz Semmernegg stated that for its employees, Kapsch was more than just a company. Thomas Drozda, Minister of Arts and Culture, spoke of Kapsch’s deep attachment to institutions: “The company’s commitment to the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wien Modern, and the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize are all exemplary.”

Islands of time and an award ceremony

The Kapsch Group is also exploring innovative solutions, new paths and spaces for potential developments through the targeted sponsorship of young artists. Earlier in the evening, Julian Turner was awarded the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2017. Appropriately, the prize winner designed the Vaporetto Bar in the foyer of the Konzerthaus for the evening, as well as other artifacts. An exhibition follows at the mumok in November.

The bar wasn’t the only temporary structure: Specially constructed “islands of time” presented significant eras in the history of the company. Guests were able to immerse themselves in the culinary and technological worlds of the 1890s, 1920s, and 1950s in the proper style. Just as the host intended: “If there were a motto which describes the company in its 125th year and far beyond, then it would be: ‘If you are talking about innovation, you are talking about Kapsch’.”

Picture 1: Franz Semmernegg, Kari Kapsch, mumok director Karola Kraus, Minister of Arts and Culture Thomas Drozda, Teodor Currentzis, Minister of Finance Hans-Jörg Schelling, Julian Turner, Georg Kapsch, Matthias Naske
Picture 2: Kari Kapsch, Teodor Currentzis, and Georg Kapsch
Picture 3: Around 1,400 guests from industry, culture, and politics join friends and associates to celebrate 125 years of Kapsch at the Wiener Konzerthaus
Picture 4: Becoming immersed in the future of Virtual Reality
Picture 5: Back to the future with Capri 125
Picture 6: Georg Kapsch welcomes the guests in the Great Hall
Photo rights: © Kapsch AG

Kapsch is one of Austria’s most successful technology corporations. The globally positioned Group comprises four key entities: Kapsch TrafficCom, Kapsch BusinessCom, Kapsch CarrierCom and Kapsch PublicTransportCom. The Kapsch Group makes a pro-active contribution to meeting today’s challenges as well as those of tomorrow. Its products and solutions offer intelligent mobility solutions for both public and private transportation in addition to leading the way to digitalization in a multitude of application fields. Founded in 1892, the family-owned company headquartered in Vienna can look back on 125 years’ experience with the future. Year after year, the Kapsch Group invests some 10% of its total revenue in research and development. This commitment ensures consistent innovation and implementation of new technologies for the benefit of the Group’s customers all over the world. The companies in the Kapsch Group employ nearly 7,000 people at subsidiaries and branch offices around the world.

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Alf Netek
Chief Marketing Officer & Press Officer
Kapsch AG
Am Europlatz 2, 1120 Vienna, Austria
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