In memoriam Günter Steinacher
Günter Steinacher had built up one of the biggest European metal trading houses with focus on aluminium and copper - practically from zero. The two aluminium cast houses in Austria and Germany now have 120 employees. Günter Steinacher was a visionary with a strong business acumen, focused on feasible goals and driven by an enormous determination. Günter Steinacher entered the aluminium trading business in 1973, and this was to determine his life to the end. He became the aluminium sales manager at Norsk Hydro in their newly established extrusion plant in Nenzing (Austria). In 1980 he had the courage to become self-employed, establishing the Alu-met Handelsgesellschaft (trading company).
A small office, a desk, a telephone, a calculator, a newspaper with stock market quotations, lots of self-confidence and fast decisions were the basis of the company’s further development. His wife was his staunch supporter in all his endeavors. Günter Steinacher was certainly not one to be timid or hesitant. Even if the first few years were not easy, he was convinced that success would finally come. During the first step of the company’s development, external production capacities for the manufacturing of extrusion billets were rented. The increasing demand led to the participation in the Kempten cast house in 1996. The reconstruction and technical modernization of the plant took a whole year. In 1999 the extrusion billet cast house in Nachrodt (Germany) was acquired and in 2007 the Speedline Aluminium-Gießerei (cast house) in Schlins (Austria) was founded. Günter Steinacher lived for and with his company. The Günter Steinacher private foundation now continues to manage and develop his great entrepreneurial heritage.