The history of tpv began around 120 years ago. Here you can read the most important dates and facts about what has happened since then, and how a pulp mill has turned into an international campus.
Founding of the Pulp Mill
In 1902 the green light was given for the Villach/St. Magdalen industrial area. With the opening of the cellulose processing factory in St. Magdalen bei Villach, the Magdalen site became the most important business location in the Alps-Adriatic region.
Closure of the Pulp Mill
Due to falling global market prices, management mistakes, and frequently changing ownership, the St. Magdalen pulp mill closed in 1989.
Acquisition of Existing Areas
In order to have access to a large contiguous area, the City of Villach purchased not only the land owned by the former pulp mill but also additional land owned by private individuals.
Founding of the “Electronic Park Villach GmbH” EPV
In order to keep up in the future as a strong business and development site, the City of Villach established the “EPV” and focused from the beginning on the three-pillar model as a core concept: research & development, high quality education & continuing education, and innovative companies.
Urban Design Competition Technology Campaign
The City of Villach announced an urban design competition for the tpv. The “urLaub” design concept from the Graz architecture firm Kletzl won.
Breaking ground on Building T01
Ground was successfully broken for the building “T01” in the year 2000, which the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences subsequently moved into.
Opening of tpv
In September 2001 the leaseholders - Carinthia University of Applied Sciences - Technikum Carinthia, CTR AG, and companies such as Micronas or addIT - moved into Building “T01”.
Completion of Building T02
The priority for the new building was attracting high-tech companies from the fields of microelectronics, geomatics, telecommunications and information technology, and renewable energy. Principle leaseholders were INTEL and KAI.
WIFI Villach moves into tpv
In November 2004 the regional office of the Chamber of Commerce and WIFI Villach moved into the Technology Park in Villach-St. Magdalen.
Opening of the Science & Energy Labs of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
The new laboratory center on the Villach campus opened in June 2010 and offers students the largest and best-equipped laboratory in southern Austria.
Opening of the STUWO Student Residence
The opening of the new student residence in October 2012 helped further internationalize the tvp campus.
T.I.P.S. GmbH Moves to the Site
The company T.I.P.S. (Technical Innovation – Physical Solutions) Messtechnik moved into its own building in the Technology Park Villach.
Opening of Gemeinnützige Personalservice Kärnten GmbH (GPS)
In September 2014 the skilled workers training center moved into its new site in the Technology Park.
Breaking Ground on the HTCV
Carinthia took a further step onto its future path and began the first phase of construction on the High Tech Campus (HTC) Villach. Subsequently, companies like Silicon Austria Labs, build! start-up incubator, and the university’s Department of Technology and IT moved in.
Construction Begins on the Building “BA02”
The second phase of construction on HTCV High Tech Campus Villach started in March 2021. The main leaseholder will be SAL Silicon Austria Labs GmbH, with office and laboratory spaces as well as a cleanroom.
Opening of the Building “BA02”
In June 2022, the second building of the High Tech Campus Villach was handed over to its main tenant Silicon Austria Labs.
Installation of the New Visitor Guidance System
At the end of 2022, the first part of the new visitor interior guidance system was installed in the tpv. For this purpose, the building surfaces were labeled alphabetically throughout and oversized, illuminated letters were placed.
What the future holds
The construction of a river stand and river terrace, new communications and shared spaces, a unified green area concept, a new parking garage with up to 600 parking spots and a pre-school with a mini educational lab are all new constructions to look forward to. Additionally, the planning and construction of buildings BA03 and BA04 are happening soon.