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In real terms, the Austrian construction industry’s output contracted by 17.8% between 2008 and 2015.

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WiseGuyReports published new report, titled “Construction in Austria – Key Trends and Opportunities”.


Austria’s construction industry has undergone a dramatic decline since 2008. 

The decline can be attributed to an economic slowdown, and weak business confidence and consumer demand, leading to reduced demand in the construction industry.

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The Austrian construction industry finally recovered in 2016, as general economic conditions, gross fixed capital formation and business confidence all improved. According to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, the country’s gross fixed capital formation grew by 5.1% in 2016 compared to 2015, reaching EUR72.4 billion (US$81.1 billion).

Consequently, the country’s construction industry posted growth of 1.4% in real terms in 2016.

The recovery is expected to continue over the forecast period (2017–2021), with investments in road, rail and transport infrastructure and housing projects.

The industry’s output value in real terms is expected to record a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.65% over the forecast period, up from -0.68% during the review period (2012–2016).

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Construction in Austria – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2021 report provides detailed market analysis, information and insights into the Austrian construction industry, including:

  • The Austrian construction industry's growth prospects by market, project type and construction activity
  • Analysis of equipment, material and service costs for each project type in Austria
  • Critical insight into the impact of industry trends and issues, and the risks and opportunities they present to participants in the Austrian construction industry
  • Profiles of the leading operators in the Austrian construction industry


This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the construction industry in Austria. It provides:

  • Historical (2012-2016) and forecast (2017-2021) valuations of the construction industry in Austria using construction output and value-add methods
  • Segmentation by sector (commercial, industrial, infrastructure, energy and utilities, institutional and residential) and by project type
  • Breakdown of values within each project type, by type of activity (new construction, repair and maintenance, refurbishment and demolition) and by type of cost (materials, equipment and services)
  • Analysis of key construction industry issues, including regulation, cost management, funding and pricing
  • Detailed profiles of the leading construction companies in Austria

Key points to access

  • Identify and evaluate market opportunities using Timetric's standardized valuation and forecasting methodologies.
  • Assess market growth potential at a micro-level with over 600 time-series data forecasts.
  • Understand the latest industry and market trends.
  • Formulate and validate strategy using critical and actionable insight.
  • Assess business risks, including cost, regulatory and competitive pressures.
  • Evaluate competitive risk and success factors.

Key Highlights 

  • In terms of buildings permits, there is clear evidence of improvement in residential and non-residential construction, according to the latest data from Statistics Austria. The total number of new building permits issued in the country grew by 5.9% from 24,701 in 2015 to 26,169 in 2016. This was preceded by annual increases of 2.2%, 6.6% and 0.4% in 2015, 2014 and 2013 respectively.
  • To extend and modernize the country’s rail infrastructure, improve quality of services and shift freight from road to rail, the government approved Austrian Federal Railways’ (ÖBB) infrastructure investment plan for 2017–2022 in October 2016. Accordingly, the government plans to invest EUR15.2 billion (US$17.0 billion) in rail infrastructure over the next five years.
  • According to Statistics Austria, residential property prices increased in 2016, backed by economic growth. The country’s overall House Price Index (HPI) grew by 8.5% from 130.2 in 2015 to 141.3 in 2016. This was preceded by annual growth rates of 4.9%, 3.5% and 5.2% in 2015, 2014 and 2013 respectively.
  • The Austrian energy and utilities construction market’s growth will be supported by the government’s national broadband strategy, Breitband Austria 2021, which aims to develop the country’s broadband network. The government set a target of providing next-generation-network (NGN) internet access nationwide by 2021. The government aims to provide universal ultra-fast broadband coverage for all households by 2021.
  • The Austrian construction industry is expected to be supported by European Union funds to help develop the country’s infrastructure. The European Investment Bank (EIB) invested EUR8.2 billion (US$9.2 billion) in Austria between 2012 and 2016, in the areas of transport and telecommunication, small and medium-scale projects, energy, water, sewage and urban development, education and health.

Table of Contents 

1 Executive Summary 
2 Industry Outlook 
    2.1 Commercial Construction 
    2.2 Industrial Construction 
    2.3 Infrastructure Construction 
    2.4 Energy and Utilities Construction 
    2.5 Institutional Construction 
    2.6 Residential Construction 
3 Key Issues and Developments 


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