Starlinger, the Austrian extrusion engineering firm based in Vienna, has announced the death of its President and former Director Erna Starlinger-Huemer.
Starlinger-Huemer died on March 11th, aged 81. With her husband, the late Franz X. Starlinger-Huemer, she built a prosperous family business that grew to be one of the world’s leading companies in the sector of plastic packaging machinery. Recognising her contribution to Austrian industry she was a recipient of the Grand Silver Medal of Honour of the Republic of Austria.
A Starlinger spokesperson said: “In her active business life, which covered a time span of more than fifty years, Erna was not only a company head, she also was a world traveller, culture lover, supporting friend, and mother. Hard-working, reliable, cosmopolitan and always elegant, she was a ‘Grande Dame’ in the male domain of mechanical engineering. With her sociable manner and her many travels to countries and customers all around the world, often as a member of an Austrian trade delegation, she acted as ambassador both for Starlinger and the Austrian mechanical engineering sector. Her demise leaves a void that is hard to fill.”