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It all started more than 30 years ago in a garage. Robert Kanduth, after working as a foreman at Philipps, was tinkering with a technology that didn’t exist at the time. With common sense, ambition and perhaps a little luck, it became the solar industry’s biggest success story. Within 10 years, Robert Kanduth made it from an idea to the world market leader in the production of thermal solar collectors.

Longterm international customers and suppliers accepted the invitation to the event. There was a lot of information about the development in solar thermal, but also a lot of fun.

In the last 30 years GREENoneTEC has produced a total of 13 million m2 of collector surface, which represents 7% of the total collector installations worldwide. The energy from these collectors, around 195 billion kw/h, could supply all the inhabitants of Vienna with heat for 13 years.

Such a story and such figures are worth celebrating, and with those who have also made this success possible.
“Without our long-standing partnerships with suppliers and customers, we would not be where we are now,” said company founder and CEO Robert Kanduth, introducing the GREENoneTEC Supplier & Customers Awards.

The appearance of extreme mountaineer, adventurer, author and filmmaker Reinhold Messner was a source of great excitement. The former EU parliamentarian, who is also known for his commitment to climate protection, was impressed by the production facility, which is equipped with robots throughout. “I know the technology, of course, and even just equipped our Sherpa Museum in Nepal with thermal collectors. To get to know one of the world market leaders and to be allowed to visit Austria’s largest plant in Friesach was my motivation for this visit,” the climber says, impressed.