On May 23, 2017, the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) awarded an honorary doctorate degree (doctor of technology h.c.) bestowed by the TU Wien to Peter Mitterbauer, the long-standing Chairman of the Management Board of Miba AG and now a member of its Supervisory Board, for his achievements in the Austrian innovation system.
With this distinction, the TU Wien recognizes the many years of intense, groundbreaking cooperation with Peter Mitterbauer in his role as the Chairman of the Management Board of Miba AG. Apart from that, the university also honors him for his commitment to the technical sciences and research, to promoting research in Austria and to the international image of Austria as a base for automotive suppliers.
Over four decades, Peter Mitterbauer made a significant contribution to the promotion and advancement of the close cooperation between Miba AG and the TU Wien. The Miba Sinter Group, for instance, has worked closely with the TU Wien for over 40 years. During this time, many joint research projects could be successfully realized. In addition, over 20 master’s theses and dissertations were completed on behalf of Miba. In joint projects with the Institute for Solid State Physics spanning more than 30 years, the Miba Bearing Group has succeeded in developing trailblazing innovations in the field of sputter technology for truck and passenger vehicle engine bearing shells to the point of readiness for series production.
Thanks to his unwavering commitment to close cooperation between the TU Wien and Miba, Peter Mitterbauer was not only able to lay the foundation for the economic success of the business but also to make a significant contribution to the positive image of Austria as a reliable supplier country to the automotive industry.
As the president of the Federation of Austrian Industries, Peter Mitterbauer paved the way for moving the regular series of lectures held by the Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers to the House of Industry, allowing it to be presented in a prominent forum. Furthermore, Miba has been one of the main sponsors of the International Vienna Motor Symposium for many years.
As the first supervisory board president of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Peter Mitterbauer was a major driver in reorganizing the promotion of Austrian research, which served to reinforce Austria’s position as a technology and innovation nation in the international environment.
Peter Mitterbauer was born in Laakirchen in Upper Austria in 1942. He studied mechanical engineering at the Vienna and Graz universities of technology. After completing his degree, he joined Miba, where he served in the top position for 27 years until 2013. During this time, he steadily grew the company into a global technology leader and a strategic partner to the international engine and automotive industry. The currently more than 230 valid patents along with top placements in national and international invention rankings are testimony to this. The Miba Group is currently represented with 22 production sites located in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Some 6,300 employees work at Miba, around 2,400 of those in Austria.
For Peter Mitterbauer, the doctor honoris causa from the TU Wien is now the third honorary doctorate following the degrees awarded by the Graz University of Technology and the Vienna University of Veterinary Medicine.
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The Miba Group
Miba AG is one of Austria's leading industrial and technology companies. Formed in Laakirchen in Upper Austria in 1927, the high-tech group today develops and manufactures components for greater energy efficiency, more environmental friendliness, greater precision and better performance at 22 sites in Europe, Asia and America. Miba products can be found in the passenger vehicles, trucks, construction machinery, trains, ships, aircraft and power plants made or built by the respective leading global manufacturers. The technology group specializes in sintered components, engine bearings, friction materials und coatings. Miba also develops and manufactures passive electronic components such as resistors and cooling systems. Moreover, the Company develops and manufactures special machinery for high-precision machining of large components. The Miba Group has around 6,300 employees. Revenue in fiscal year 2016–2017 amounted to EUR 752 million.
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