Sampling for Science
We, the company UWITEC GmbH, have made it our business to manufacture and distribute equipment and systems that enable the best possible sampling of standing and flowing waters for scientific purposes.
With more than 30 years of experience in these fields, we create the optimal solutions for our customers in the sectors of water and sediment sampling, from conception, development and construction to production. The passion behind all our products is the simplicity of operation and understanding of how the equipment works. As we have specialised in sediment sampling from the beginning of our company’s history, our know-how is unsurpassed in this field. A unique customer service, which is characterised by a friendly, respectful, flexible and very courteous approach to our customers, is our top priority. We also support our customers in special projects, from a concept or an idea to the acceptance of the finished product and the associated first commissioning, we stand by you as a strong and reliable partner.
In addition to our large product portfolio and special projects, we also offer services in the form of sampling and training with and for our devices and systems, and this worldwide. Whether on a 4000 m high mountain lake, at minus degrees in Siberia, or under the heat of the African sun, we achieve ideal results even under the most difficult conditions.
No task is too big for us, which is why our motto is: “Can’t be done, doesn’t exist” and we prove this day after day.
Like so many things, the company UWITEC also began with an idea.
In 1981, when Richard Niederreiter, a trained electrical engineer, began working as a technician at the Academy of Sciences in Mondsee (now the Research Institute for Limnology, Mondsee, headed by the University of Innsbruck), he was quickly confronted with tasks and problems concerning the sampling of water and sediments.
Since he himself was responsible for obtaining samples from Lake Mondsee and nothing comparable was available on the market at that time, he had to find a solution – a tinkerer and doer with heart and soul. According to his ideas, as well as those of his colleagues – scientists and researchers – the “Corer” was born. A simple sediment surface sampling device that made it possible to bring the first 0 – 50 cm of sediment layers from the bottom of a lake perfectly and unmixed to the surface.
A few years and several corers manufactured and in use later – which by now were already being talked about in the international scientific community – Richard Niederreiter dared to take the step into self-employment and founded the sole proprietorship Uwitec – Environment and Science Technology – Richard Niederreiter in April 1991. It was to be an immense task for the trained electrical machine builder and his family to run this company successfully. Through enormous diligence, great motivation, a passion for water and nature and, last but not least, the support of his family and friends, he was able to establish the company.
The company’s motto from the beginning: “Can’t be done, doesn’t exist”
He also passed this motto on to his two sons Daniel and Martin Niederreiter, who still work in the family business today and even more. When the sole proprietorship Uwitec was renamed UWITEC GmbH in April 2020, Daniel Niederreiter was appointed industrial managing director and Martin Niederreiter was appointed business managing director and continues to run the family business in the second generation.
The milestones on the path of UWITEC’s history:
Richard Niederreiter starts as a technician at the Limnological Institute Mondsee.
Foundation of the sole proprietorship Uwitec by Richard Niederreiter
Opening of the first business premises at Moosbachweg in Mondsee
1991 – 93:
Development of the so-called “freezecore technology
First large order for the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany)
Hiring of first employees
First deliveries and projects to and in China
Relocation from Mondsee, Moosbachweg to Tiefgraben, Weissensteinstraße
Major renovation work for warehouse expansion
Change of name of the sole proprietorship Uwitec Richard Niederreiter to UWITEC GmbH and takeover of business management by Martin Niederreiter and commercial management by Daniel Niederreiter.
as a young lad – photo model for “small hand winch”.
at a very young age as a photo model for “Sweden roll and water sample scoopers”.
before the early days of the company in the Limnological Institute.