Südösterreich; Kärnten; Unterkärnten
Location of affected unit(s)
St. Andrä
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28.1 - Manufacture of general-purpose machinery

237 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 July 2016
Employment effect (start)
25 July 2016
Foreseen end date
25 August 2016


Kresta, specialised in plant engineering and construction and headquartered in St. Andrä, has registered 237 employees with the Public Employment Service (AMS) due to bankruptcy of the company. Kresta was active in the paper, cellulose, chemical, wood and metal industry. 

A conflict over the accounting of two major projects and pending payments of €38 million have caused the insolvency. Additionally, a liquidity shortage of one of the company's affiliated firms has also put strain on the overall budget situation. The company announced that it will not be able to pay wages for June and July 2016, vacation payments are also pending. There is no works council at the site, however, representatives of the trade union PRO-GE have ensured support for employees. Trade union members can apply for payments that should cover wage losses until the insolvency contingency fund (Insolvenzentgeldfonds) takes over. Remaining employees will have to wait longer in order to receive these payments. 

Kresta is now looking for potential investors to be able to continue operating the site after restructuring. According to newspapers, a potential investor has already presented his interest.


  • 25 July 2016: Wirtschaftsblatt
  • 25 July 2016: orf online
  • 26 July 2016: orf online
  • 25 July 2016: Der Standard


Eurofound (2016), Kresta Anlagenbau GmbH NfG & Co KG, Bankruptcy in Austria, factsheet number 88265, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88265.