Republic of Austria honours Christian Wellner with high distinction
Düsseldorf, 23 March 2020 – Christian Wellner, the former Managing Member of the Executive Board and Managing Director of Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e. V. (GDA) in Düsseldorf, recently received the Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich (Gold Medal of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria). The medal was presented by Dr Peter Huber, the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, at a ceremony in Berlin in March 2020. Christian Wellner received the award accompanied by his wife and close friends from the aluminium industry. In making the award, the Austrian Federal President, Dr Alexander Van der Bellen, honoured Christian Wellner’s special services to the aluminium industry in Austria and Europe.
Roman Stiftner, Managing Director of the Non-ferrous Metals Trade Association of the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO), justified the award: “Christian Wellner’s contribution to the Austrian aluminium industry has been outstanding and invaluable.” The atmosphere of trust between the Austrian and German aluminium trade associations has led to numerous joint cross-border projects in the aluminium industry. Christian Weller also promoted the good cooperation between the German, Swiss and Austrian aluminium associations under the ‘D-A-CH Allianz für Aluminium’ branding. This alliance provides a great signal effect and demonstrates to the outside world the strong ties between the three German-speaking aluminium associations. “Christian Wellner laid the foundation stone and created the basis for ensuring that the joint exchange and synergies between the three aluminium associations can continue to flourish in the future via the D-A-CH alliance,” Roman Stiftner added.
He continued by saying, Christian Wellner had also promoted the idea of a united Europe and had shown a strong commitment to the aluminium industry at a European level.” He had chaired the meetings of the European national aluminium association leaders for many years. Very important exchanges between all European aluminium associations take place within this body of experts.
Christian Wellner is also regarded as the originator and co-initiator of ALUMINIUM, the world’s largest trade fair for the industry, which has been bringing the international aluminium world together every two years since 1997. It started life in Germany and has established offshoots on other continents since then.