§ 1 Name, Seat and Field of Activity

(1) The name of the Society is “Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Kunststofftechnik” (Austrian Society for Plastics Engineering), short GFKT.

(2) It is placed in Vienna and extends its non-profit activities to Austria.

(3) The establishment of branch associations is not intended.


§ 2 Purpose

The purpose of the non-profit association is to promote the training of engineers, technicians and specialists in the production, processing, application and recycling of polymers. Processing, application and recycling of plastics, additives and composites including the necessary machines, tools, instruments, procedures, concepts and programs to maintain and promote. The promotion also consists of an orderly and up-to-date training and further education of professionals in the form of courses, seminars and specialized events, with special emphasis on cooperation with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. In addition, the promotion of testing and quality assurance, research and development in the entire field, also in interdisciplinary cooperation, is to be regarded as an essential purpose.


§ 3 Means to achieve the purpose of the Society

(1) The Society seeks to achieve its purpose using the non-material and material means listed in paragraphs 2 and 3.

(2) Ideal means are raised

  • through the promotion of theoretical and practical education in plastics technology at universities, universities of applied sciences and at higher educational and experimental institutions in Austria. Furthermore, in addition to the school-based training of plastics technicians, the seminar and course-based further training of employed persons and the training of plastics processors and plastics foremen is to be promoted;
  • through the management of the Laboratory for Plastics Technology “LKT-TGM”;
  • by administering the Ernst Schmitz Fund in trust;
  • by founding a Plastics Center in which all institutes and associations interested in plastics technology work together;
  • by public relations work and ongoing information and coordination of all bodies interested in plastics technology;
  • by participating in congresses and other events in Germany and abroad and by holding such technical events;
  • by taking an interest in all areas relating to plastics technology, especially in the fields of research, testing, standardization and quality assurance. standardization and quality assurance;
  • through international cooperation.

(3) The necessary material resources shall be raised

  • from membership fees;
  • from possible subsidies from the federal and state governments;
  • from any donations from economic interest groups and associations
  • from other contributions.


§ 4 Members

(1) The Society consists of:

  • Founding members;
  • ordinary members
  • supporting members;
  • corresponding members;
  • honorary members.

(2) Founding members are all those physical and legal persons who have endeavored to found the Society for the Promotion of Plastics Technology and have declared their membership by May 31, 1963 at the latest. They have all the rights and obligations of full members.

(3) Ordinary members may become:

  • The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, represented by the Economic Promotion Institute of the Federal Chamber, as well as the interested trade associations, federal guilds and federal bodies;
  • the economic chambers of the federal provinces, represented by their economic development institutes;
  • other public-law corporations interested in the objectives of the Society;
  • physical and legal persons interested in the training of engineers, technicians and specialists for the plastics industry as well as in the further objectives of the Society.

(4) Supporting member can become any physical or legal person who takes an interest in the aspirations of the Society.

(5) Corresponding members may be persons from abroad.

(6) Honorary members are those who promote the purposes of the Society in a very special way and who have rendered outstanding services to the development of plastics technology.


§ 5 Acquisition of membership

(1) Admission as a full member shall take place after application by resolution of the Board of Directors. It can be rejected without giving reasons.

(2) Admission as a supporting member shall be by application.

(3) Admission as a corresponding member shall be by resolution of the Board.

(4) Honorary members shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon proposal of the Executive Board.


§ 6 Termination of Membership

(1) Membership expires

  • by voluntary resignation;
  • by deletion of the member company or dissolution of the member organization;
  • by exclusion.

(2) Resignation from the Society shall be effected by written notice to the Board of Directors, without prejudice to the obligation to pay the membership fee for the current year. The declaration in this regard must be notified by the member by registered letter no later than three months before the end of the fiscal year.

(3) The exclusion of a member takes place:

  • if it disturbs the mutual agreement by its behavior, acts contrary to the statutes and the resolutions of the general assembly and the board of trustees;
  • if he acts against the interests of the Society or damages the aims and the reputation of the Society by his actions.

(4) The exclusion is decided by the General Assembly.


§ 7 Rights and Duties of Members

(1) All full members have the right to participate in the General Assembly. Legal entities must nominate a representative for this purpose. Only full members have the right to vote and to stand for election.

(2) All members are obliged to observe the statutes of the Society and to promote its goals to the best of their ability.

(3) Ordinary and supporting members are also obliged to pay a membership fee. The Society year corresponds to the calendar year.


§ 8 Organs of the Society

The organs of the Society are:

  • the General Assembly;
  • the Board of Trustees;
  • the Executive Board;
  • the Advisory Board;
  • the management.


§ 9 Plenary Assembly

(1) The General Assembly must be convened at least once a year.

(2) The convening of this meeting must be made by the President in writing at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date by means of a special invitation, with simultaneous announcement of the agenda.

(3) Extraordinary General Meetings shall be held at the request of the Executive Board, the Auditors or at least one tenth of the ordinary members.

(4) Motions from ordinary members, which are intended for discussion in the General Assembly, must be received by the Board of Directors by registered letter at least ten days before the meeting. Such motions shall be announced to the members without delay.

(5) The presence of at least half of the members is necessary for the quorum of the General Assembly.

(6) If the duly convened General Assembly is not quorate at the appointed hour, a new General Assembly shall be opened half an hour later, which shall constitute a quorum irrespective of the number of members present.

(7) The resolutions of the General Assembly shall be passed by a simple majority of votes.

(8) The determination of membership fees requires a two-thirds majority.

(9) Amendments to the Statutes and the dissolution of the Society require a three-quarters majority.


§ 10 Scope of Duties of the General Assembly

(1) The following shall be reserved for decision by the General Assembly:

  • Acknowledgement and approval of the minutes of the last General Assembly;
  • Approval of the financial statement and the activity report for the past fiscal year and the granting of discharge;
  • Election of the Board of Directors and appointment of the members of the Board of Trustees;
  • Election of two auditors to audit the financial statements;
  • Fixing the amount of the annual membership fees;
  • Amendments to the Statutes;
  • Appointment of honorary members
  • Exclusion of members
  • Adoption of resolutions on motions for the agenda submitted in due time;
  • Ending of the Society.


§ 11 Executive Board

(1) The executive board consists of

  • the President;
  • up to six vice presidents;
  • two treasurers;
  • two secretaries.

(2) The Board is elected by the General Assembly for a period of three years.

(3) The election proposal for the President shall be submitted by the Board of Trustees.

(4) If the position of an elected member of the Executive Board becomes vacant due to death or resignation, it shall be filled by the Board of Trustees by co-optation until the next General Assembly to be held.

(5) The Board shall constitute a quorum if at least five of its members are present and shall decide by a simple majority of votes. Authorization by one member of the Executive Board to another member of the Executive Board to exercise the right to vote is permissible.

(6) In the event of a tie, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.

(7) The Executive Board may nominate persons from science and industry to the Advisory Board for special tasks. The Advisory Board shall advise the Executive Board on technical matters.

(8) The members of the Executive Board may declare their resignation in writing at any time. The declaration of resignation shall be addressed to the Executive Board, in case of resignation of the entire Executive Board to the General Assembly. The resignation shall only become effective with the election or co-optation of a successor.


§ 12 Scope of Duties of the Executive Board

(1) The Executive Board is responsible for the management of the Association. The Executive Board is responsible for all administrative tasks and all business of the Society, insofar as they are not reserved for the Board of Trustees and the General Assembly. The President and, if he is prevented, a Vice-President are responsible for:

  • the external representation of the Society,
  • the management of the current business,
  • the annual report on the activities of the Society to be submitted by the Board of Trustees to the General Assembly shall also include a cash report.
  • the execution. Announcement and execution of the resolutions,
  • the drawing up of legally binding documents binding the Society
  • chairing the meetings of the Board of Trustees and the General Assembly.

(2) The President may authorize members of the Board of Trustees or the management to sign certain documents.


§ 13 Board of Trustees

(1) The Board of Trustees consists of:

  • the President or a Vice-President as Chairman;
  • the Members of the Executive Board;
  • Representatives of interested authorities, corporations, associations and institutions;
  • Representatives of the relevant institutions of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber;
  • Representatives of relevant business groups interested in plastics technology;
  • Representatives of relevant foreign institutions.

(2) The delegation of members to the Board of Trustees shall be for a period of three years. Re-appointment is possible. A deputy shall be nominated for each member of the Board of Trustees.


§ 14 Scope of Duties of the Board of Trustees

(1) The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for adopting resolutions, administering and monitoring the measures necessary to achieve the purpose of the Society.

(2) The Board of Trustees shall be responsible in particular for adopting the annual budget, raising the funds required for the promotion of the Society and approving the activity report and the financial statements of the Society to be submitted to the General Assembly.

(3) The members of the Board of Trustees shall meet as required, but at least once a year.

(4) The Board of Trustees decides by a simple majority of votes. In the event of a tie, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.


§ 15 Management

The Board of Trustees and the Executive Board shall have at their disposal a management in the sense of the Agreement on Cooperation between the Federation and the GFKT (LKT at TGM) Section IV, VIII and Annex dated 26.11.1973 for the implementation of their decisions. The management shall participate in the meetings of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board in an advisory capacity.


§ 16 Auditors

(1) The audit of the management of the Association shall be carried out annually by two auditors.

(2) The auditors shall be elected by the General Assembly for a period of three years.

(3) The auditors shall report to the General Assembly on the results of their audit.


§ 17 Court of Arbitration

(1) All disputes arising from the corporate relationship shall be decided by a court of arbitration.

(2) Each of the disputing parties shall elect an arbitrator to the arbitral tribunal, who shall then elect another person as chairman. If the arbitrators cannot agree on the choice of the umpire, the President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber shall decide.

(3) The decision of the arbitral tribunal, which shall be taken by a simple majority of votes, shall be final. The parties shall be notified of the decision.


§ 18 Dissolution of the Society

(1) The voluntary dissolution of the Society can only be decided by an extraordinary General Assembly convened for this purpose and only with a three-quarters majority of the valid votes.

(2) In the event of voluntary dissolution of the Association, the assets of the Association shall be transferred to the Economic Development Institute of the Federal Chamber of Commerce (or a successor institution) on condition that they are used for charitable, benevolent or ecclesiastical purposes within the meaning of §§ 34 BAO ff.