Berndorf AG, technology and metalware firm situated at Berndorf (Lower Austria), has 48 affiliated companies and holding companies in 14 countries with a share capital of ATS 150 million. The formerly nationalised company ( Nationalised Industry) was privatised in 1988 through a management buy-out (N. Zimmermann). It manufactures crockery and tableware, high-grade steel sheets and sheet-production plants, overhead cables and special aluminium products, structured pressed sheets, metal and bathroom equipment, industrial process engineering, oilfield equipment (Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG, Schoeller-Bleckmann) and industrial furnaces (Aichelin). The company continues the tradition of the Krupp factories (A. Krupp) at Berndorf. It employed 1,170 people in 1998.