EVVA is a leading manufacturer of electronic and mechanical access solutions. Founded in Vienna in 1919, the EVVA Group with headquarters in Vienna is now represented by 10 subsidiaries in Europe and distributors worldwide. EVVA employs around 800 people throughout Europe.
Three engineers joined forces in 1919 to form the "Erfindungs-Versuchs-Verwertungs-Anstalt" (Institute for Invention, Experimentation and Application), or EVVA for short. In 1937, EVVA received the first patent for a cylinder padlock, helping the company to strike out on the path of security technology. Nikolaus Bujas took over the company in 1973, invested in machinery and expanded the in-house research and development department.
Research, development & expansion
At the end of the 1970s, Mr. Sven Berlage pushed forward the expansion of the subsidiaries, as well as export and international positioning of the company. Since 1999, Stefan Ehrlich-Adám has been the third generation at the head of the family-run company. He is setting the course for a successful future for EVVA. Alongside tradition, research and development are key focus areas. Innovation and development are important elements to help EVVA grow into a major international player.
Facts & figures
• Headquarters in Vienna and 10 subsidiaries
• 450 employees at the headquarters
• EVVA supplies in over 50 countries all over the world
• 700 tonnes of material are processed each year
• 375 tonnes of chippings produced during production are recycled up to 100%
• Long-lasting products: in 2010, a key for a locking system dating back to 1948 was re-ordered and produced by EVVA
EVVA: best practice model
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is an intrinsic part of the EVVA corporate strategy. Innovation and foresight pave the way for a successful future.
For EVVA, CSR is more than just image, it is a necessity. Particularly for top technology companies, it is essential to work as sustainably as possible. Protecting environmental resources, investing in employees and paving the way for economic success.
EVVA is increasing its focus on oil- and water-free production of products. This type of production known as clean production offers a wide range of advantages. EVVA has received numerous prizes for sustainable innovation. Examples include the Leonardo Award 2004, the Environmental prize 2011 from the City of Vienna, the TRIGOS Award 2012, as well as the annual "Ökoprofit-Auszeichnung" (Ecological Project for Integrated Environmental Technology Award) every year since 1999.