RIC (Regionales Innovations Centrum)

Ing. Josef Fürlinger
Rotaxstraße 3
4623 Gunskirchen
+43 (0)7246 601-232
+43 (0)7246 601-510-232
The RIC (Regionales Innovations Centrum) GmbH in Gunskirchen is a subsidiary of BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG (BRP-Rotax). BRP-Rotax covered 75% of the costs; 24.5% came from the municipality of Gunskirchen, representative of the Upper Austrian Government, the city of Wels and the municipalities of the Wels-Land district; as well as a contribution (0.5%) from the Oberbank Wels. The RIC is a platform for the exchange of creative ideas between universities and the industry to increase knowledge and foster innovation. Altogether, the RIC will drive the development of the region and support the Upper Austrian business community.
The Regionales Innovations Centrum has a twofold mandate
First of all to focus on designing and developing efficient powertrain technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of existing products and to provide students and apprentices, through a partnership with the University of Graz and the University of Applied Sciences in Wels, Upper Austria, with top-of-line training from experienced people driven by product innovation to stay ahead of technological trends.
Innovation and Qualification Projects
On the one side there will be the next generation of engine technologies with power but overall efficiency as well. The main focus will be on fuel economy, emission reductions, noise, vibration and electronic management control. On the other side there are various projects and activities in the area of “Youth and Technology”  for  kids  and teenagers to awake their enthusiasm for science and technology in the future supported by the RIC.
  • Smart Future 4 TEC2move
  • Kart 4 U
  • E-Mobility 4 U
  • Technic Box for primary schools
  • Physical Experience Box
  • McTECH for teachers(MfT)
  • Fly DOO
The projects Smart future 4 TEC2move, Kart 4 U, E-Mobility 4 U and fly DOO are initiatives within the framework “talents regional” powered by the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit). In recent years the RIC attracted a lot of young people with its projects and gained popularity in the region. The Smart Future project reached the 2nd  place at the prestigious Austrian National Award for Mobility in the category ‘Educate. Create Awareness’ presented by the bmvit, for which 87 Austrian projects have been submitted. The E-mobility 4 U Project won the national Award 2011 “Jugend E-Mobil” announced by the bmvit and was the only nominated Austrian Project under the Top 25 from a total of 263 submitted projects for the European Sustainable Energy Award. “In cooperation with BRP-Rotax, these projects help us to get kids and teenagers into science and technology”, says Ing. Josef Fürlinger, General Manager of the RIC, “the projects are best practice examples for a good cooperation between companies and schools to detect young talents and increase the number of engineers in the region.” The RIC believes in innovation and qualification and sees itself as an impulse generator in the region. More information on www.ric.at.
An affiliate of BRP Inc., BRP-Rotax is a leader in the development and production of innovative 4- and 2-stroke high performance Rotax engines for BRP products such as Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters as well as for motorcycles, karts, ultra-light and light aircraft. Over the past 50 years, the company has developed more than 350 engine models for recreational products and produced more than 7 million engines.