Top of Styria in the production sector
On 20 November 2023, the top companies in Styria were honoured. Mayr-Melnhof Holz is one of them: Top 1 in production! The "Tops of Styria" 2023 stand for the many outstanding companies in Styria and their performance in the 2022 financial year. Entrepreneurs receive the award on behalf of their employees, who provide jobs, added value, economic growth and thus quality of life in the province with their hands, hearts and minds.
For Richard Stralz, CEO of Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding GmbH, first place at the Tops of Styria in the prestigious "Production" category is a great honour for the commitment and performance of all employees of the Mayr-Melnhof Holz Group. At the same time, it is motivation and a mandate to continue to deliver top performance in the future and, in keeping with the shape of the trophy - it is a piece of rock from the Dachstein, the highest mountain in Styria - to keep striving for and reaching new peaks.
Mayr-Melnhof Holz is a large company with an impressive history and performance in the all-important timber industry. What drives you personally?
Richard Stralz: The employees, their hands-on mentality and, above all, their love of wood. They deserve the prize, they have delivered the performance. I am grateful to accept it on behalf of all my colleagues.
Where are you heading?
Richard Stralz: We work with the fantastic material wood and have just opened a new cross laminated timber plant in Leoben. Cross laminated timber used in construction acts like a second forest.
A "second forest" - how can we imagine that?
Richard Stralz: We all know: Wood binds CO2 for a lifetime and is therefore an important part of the solution in the fight against climate change: we know that wood is a wonderful building material for creating living space. Mayr-Melnhof Holz produces the timber construction elements for this, construction elements not only for our personal future, but also for that of our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren - and beyond.
About the award: The annual magazine has been published since 1994 with a turnover ranking of the 100 companies with the highest turnover in Styria. In an anonymous voting process, a 300-strong jury of experts from business, industry, science and the media selects the "Tops of Styria", the best of the best in the Styrian corporate landscape.
The awards were presented this year in the Europasaal of the Styrian Chamber of Commerce by Andreas Herz, Vice President of the Styrian Chamber of Commerce; Barbara Eibinger-Miedl, Provincial Councillor for Economy, Tourism, Regions, Science and Research; and Martin Novak, Editor-in-Chief of the business magazine Top of Styria.