Villach's economic policy has consistently been committed to positioning itself as a centre of technology. The tpv Villach Technology Park
is regarded as a high-tech hub in the Alps-Adriatic region. All the businesses locating themselves here do so to pursue the strategic objective of "business operation, apprenticeships, research and development all in one location". The main focus is on (micro-) electronics, renewable energy, mechatronics, and geo-information systems along with the associated suppliers and service providers.
The supporting pillars of this innovation infrastructure are Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
with its science and energy labs, the extramural research centre for sensor technology Carinthian Tech Research
(CTR), the Kompetenzzentrum für Automobil- und Industrieelektronik
(KAI) (centre of expertise for automotive and industrial electronics), and regionally based companies such as Infineon and Intel, the [micro]electronic cluster network
, as well as the build! Gründerzentrum
business incubator. The campus of Carinthia University of Applied Sciences has a student hall of residence
, equipped to meet the highest standard and boasts more than 100 students from all over the world.
Villach is intensely committed to the goal of energy efficiency, and being a partner in the Smart City Villach project, it undertakes pioneering work in the development of innovative energy networks (e.g., smart grids) together with renowned consortium partners from industry and research. You may find further information on Villach's role as a fertile environment for technological and ecological innovations in the Alps-Adriatic region at smartcityvillach.at