Obituary: Horst Felbermayr – pioneer of heavy goods logistics and “gentleman driver”

Horst Felbermayr Senior – for many years the driving force behind the  Austria-based international company bearing his name – has died at the age of 75 after a serious illness.

Originally from from the city of Wels in Upper Austria, Horst Senior took over the company from his father Franz who founded it in 1942. He ran the business for almost 50 years with his wife Gisela before becoming Chairman of the Supervisory Board in 2015. 

Under his leadership, Felbermayr expanded to became one of the largest heavy transport, lifting and construction companies in Europe, with a total of around 2,700 employees in 67 locations and 19 countries. In 2018, the company’s turnover was 637 million euros. 

From early on in the company’s development, he attached great importance to sustainability, good communication with his employees and what the company called “entrepreneurial modesty“.  In a tribute, the company added: “ “Despite major economic challenges…he was always open to his employees. He also knew how to convince them of his visions and to share his business goals.“

Outside work, Horst Felbermayr Senior was a respected “gentleman driver“ in the motor racing world. A long-time collaborator with the Proton Competition squad and Porsche, he made his debut at Le Mans as a driver in 1999 and took part in the French endurance classic six times. 

Horst Felbermayr Senior: February 19, 1945 – March 17, 2020