Helmut Pilz, our Managing Director of AKE, was awarded with the title Counsellor of Commerce on the 31th of May 2017. The honor was dedicated to him in recognition of his services for the Styrian Economy and also for his services to the Republic of Austria.
The inauguration of the title was conferred by chancellery minister Thomas Drozda at the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria in Vienna.
Helmut Pilz graduated from a Higher Technical College for mechanical engineers in Steyr. From 1969 until 1977 he worked for the development department for household appliances of Bauknecht. Afterwards he worked in the R&D department of AHT Cooling Systems. In 1988 he started working for IDEAL Kältetechnik GmbH in Gmunden. Until the year 2008 he was responsible for the establishment of export sales of the company. In 1998 the subsidiary AKE Ausseer Kälte- und Edelstahltechnik in Bad Aussee was founded. AKE started with 7 employees and Helmut Pilz took became CEO of the company. In the year 2000, the company moved from Bad Aussee to Pichl Kainisch. Today, AKE is the largest employer in the region with 200 employees. The devices of IDEAL-AKE where distributed all around the - from the Arab countries to Chile.