Ottobock in Vienna

Facts & figures

Ottobock location in Vienna

The success of Ottobock’s globally recognised development activities in Vienna is founded on a research landscape with a strong medical focus that offers fertile ground for interdisciplinary R&D projects. The company’s cooperation with leading academics at universities as well as partners who retail its products and apply them in practice forms a key platform for its research work.

Ottobock started operations in Austria in 1969. Products that are developed to market maturity and produced in Vienna improve the quality of life of users around the world.

Our technology centre, the production, sales and service departments as well as the Academy are located at Brehmstraße 16, 1110 Vienna.

Brehmstraße 16, 1110 Vienna, Austria

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Facts & figures

Employment figures and information on the organisational structure of Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH offer a glimpse into a globally successful company.

Ottobock currently employs a staff of 650 in Vienna, approximately a third of whom work in R&D.


Company management

Dr. Andreas Goppelt

Managing Director Vienna at Ottobock Healthcare Products GmbH

Dipl. Ing. Heinz Richartz

Managing Director Vienna at Ottobock Healthcare Products GmbH


Dynamic growth

The Otto Bock name has represented innovation and entrepreneurial success for more than 90 years.
The Austrian location was founded in 1969 in Salzburg.

The establishment and rapid growth of Ottobock’s Austrian location are based on the success story of its German parent company. Company founder Otto Bock and his son-in-law Dr.-Ing. E.h. Max Näder defined and pursued the key factors of innovation, international acceptance and a globally positioned company from the very start.

Professor Hans Georg Näder assumed responsibility for the Otto Bock Group as its President and CEO in 1990. His authentic leadership style balances a down-to-earth approach, tradition and progress. He expressly emphasises fundamental values such as trust and reliability in dealing with customers and staff. At the same time, Professor Näder’s visionary strength sets the course for the company over the medium and long term. Curiosity and playfulness are his driving forces.

1969 Otto Bock Austria Vertriebsgesellschaft m.b.H. founded in Salzburg
Four employees

1972 The benefits offered by proximity to research institutions and hospitals as well as ideal structures are key factors in the establishment of a branch in Vienna. A rented factory building is used for the industrial fabrication of orthopaedic products.

1980 The company is renamed Otto Bock Austria Ges.m.b.H.
20 employees

2004 Ottobock becomes the Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH holding company.
248 employees

2012 A new production site is put into operation in Vienna’s 11th district. EUR 16.6 million was invested in the construction of the building and grounds.

Today, 650 employees work at Ottobock in Austria. Approximately one third of the employees in Vienna work in research and development.

Innovation is Ottobock’s main growth driver. By applying complex technologies, Ottobock transformed from a manufacturer of single components into a provider of complete prosthesis systems. Its company in Vienna is one of the Otto Bock Group’s key research and development locations today.

Historical milestones at the Austrian location

Founding of the Otto Bock Austria Orthopädische Vertriebsges.m.b.H. sales company in Salzburg.

Location established in Vienna for the industrial fabrication of orthopaedic products and merging of all activities in Vienna.

Approx. 20 staff employed at Vienna location.

Founding of Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH and transfer of operating activities. Otto Bock Austria functions as a holding company from this point onwards.

Sales companies in Eastern Europe integrated into Otto Bock Austria Holding.

New production building put into operation in Simmering district of Vienna.