SES Spar European Shopping Centers

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10.10.2019
Launch of an Exclusive Austria-wide Exhibition

Tangible Innovation: Cooperation with FACC Introduces Autonomous “Air Taxi” at SES Shopping Center

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Albert Ortig (Mayor City of Ried), Christoph Vormair (Center Manager at WEBERZEILE Ried), Robert Machtlinger (CEO of FACC), Commissioner Markus Achleitner (Upper Austria) and Christoph Andexlinger (Head of Center & Facility Management of SES); (from left to right)

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Under the slogan “From Ried to the wider world – the future begins at WEBERZEILE”, Upper Austrian aviation group FACC and SES Spar European Shopping Centers, Austria's market-leading shopping center operator, presented the autonomous air taxi at WEBERZEILE Ried on Wednesday, 9 October 2019. The cooperation includes an exclusive exhibition, which is due to begin on 10 October, after which it will be featured at other selected SES centers throughout Austria. FACC and SES are thereby making innovation accessible to a broad public in a unique way and for the very first time. Series production is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will mark an important step in the development of autonomous aviation, which is already a reality in certain regions of Asia.

SES has a reputation within the industry for being the first to introduce innovations and trends: from shop innovations, star architecture, state-of-the-art technologies, a partnership in Austria's first managed shopping street in Vienna to the first air taxi exhibition, launched at WEBERZEILE shopping center. “We not only provide retail services to our customers, but we deliver experience, emotion, and innovation as well. SES centers are vibrant meeting places of the highest quality that offer customers more than just shopping. This ranges from exciting events and promotions as well as urban quality of stay to excellent gastronomy and first-class services. Therefore, the autonomous air taxi exhibition is a perfect match for SES – we offer the ideal setting in which to enable our visitors to experience innovations up close,” says Christoph Andexlinger SES Head of Center & Facility Management.

The Future Begins at WEBERZEILE
A mutual interest in future urban themes on the part of SES and FACC set the cooperation in motion. WEBERZEILE Ried, the initiator, inspired FACC with its idea to exhibit the air taxis at the shopping center. The collaboration between two major players in the region has resulted in an exclusive exhibition, which has been extended to other Austrian SES shopping centers. “Our collaboration with FACC represents an example of excellent interdisciplinary cooperation between retail and industry, which offers added value to the general population in the region. I am proud to work together with an innovative company like FACC, and I am pleased to present an ingenious product that gives insight into the future of mobility to a great number of interested visitors at WEBERZEILE,” says Christoph Vormair, Center Manager of WEBERZEILE Ried. The exclusive exhibition of the air taxi is scheduled to begin at WEBERZEILE Ried on Thursday, 10 October 2019 and will run until 4 November.

Innovation out of Upper Austria: Air Taxi made by FACC
“The question is no longer whether, but rather when air taxis will arrive on the scene. In any case, we have positioned ourselves at the forefront,” explains Robert Machtlinger, CEO of FACC AG. FACC, an Upper Austrian aerospace group, is engaged in a strategic partnership with EHang, one of the world's best companies in the field of autonomous aviation, that is centered on autonomous aircraft (Autonomous Aerial Vehicles, AAV) as well as the further development of individual air traffic in the future. “We are excited about the cooperation: It provides us with the possibility to present the novelty to the general public. At the same time, we see a lot of potential to drive the issue of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) forward together with SES, from drone logistics in the retail sector to the development of shopping centers to mobility hubs. I would like to thank SES and our partner FACC for this opportunity", says Felix Lee, CEO of EHang Europe. Series production of the air taxi is due to begin in 2019. Several thousand advance orders have already been placed worldwide. City populations are rapidly increasing around the world, which will result in more people being affected by traffic jams on roads on a daily basis. Air taxis will help solve some of the traffic problems that cities face by using airspace as the “third dimension”. Newly developed, environmentally friendly electric propulsion systems, powerful batteries featuring short charging times, minimal space requirements for take-off and landing, fast computers, and big data create the necessary conditions to practically tackle urban air mobility concepts within and between cities. In addition to transporting people and goods, autonomous aircraft can be used for a wide range of other purposes, such as the transport of urgent emergency goods or high-risk operations by air in the event of environmental disasters. “This road show through selected Austrian SES centers will draw attention to the topic of “Urban Air Mobility”. Thanks to the significant footfall that prevails across the shopping centers, we will be able to reach a wide audience,” adds Andreas Perotti, Director Marketing & Corporate Communication FACC.

From Ried to the Wider World
The air taxi is set to tour other SES centers in spring 2020. Stops will be also be made at EUROPARK Salzburg, SILLPARK Innsbruck and HUMA ELEVEN Vienna. The exhibit will be presented in a glass showcase throughout the course of the exhibition period. On selected days, the air taxi will offer a “live experience”: seat testing, photo opportunities, and additional exhibition information will allow visitors to immerse themselves in the world of urban mobility. The special visitor days at WEBERZEILE take place on the following dates:
- Friday, 11 October from 14:00 to 18:00
- Friday, 18 October from 14:00 to 18:00
- Friday, 11 October from 14:00 to 20:00
- Thursday, 31 October from 14:00 to 18:00

SES Spar European Shopping Centers
SES is a developer, builder, and operator of shopping centers in six countries. The company currently manages 29 shopping locations in Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe. The leasable area amounts to 790,000 square meters. SES is the market leader in Austria and Slovenia for large-scale shopping centers. In 2018, tenants at SES locations generated gross sales of 2.76 billion euros. SES also offers its know-how in the areas of project development, construction management, leasing of shop space, as well as center and facility management to external owners of shopping malls right from the outset. SES centers have already received several national and international awards for architecture and design, sustainability, traffic flow concepts, and innovative marketing. SES is part of the SPAR Austria Group.
Additional information can be found at: www.ses-european.com and presse.ses-european.com

WEBERZEILE Ried – Managed by SES Spar European Shopping Centers
WEBERZEILE Ried shopping center is managed by SES Spar European Shopping Centers. As an inner-city shopping quarter, WEBERZEILE is located in the heart of the town of Ried in the Innkreis district and in the center of the Innviertel region. The center was developed by SES Spar European Shopping Centers and was opened in August 2015. In addition to the more than 50 brand, gastronomy, and service companies that can be found at the location, a large marketplace, bright and friendly architecture, a children's world covering more than 360 m², and 800 parking spaces ensure quality of stay as well as a pleasant atmosphere. Additional information can be found at: www.weberzeile.at 
WEBERZEILE has received the following international prize:
ICSC Regeneration Award 2017

About FACC
FACC is a global leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of aerospace technologies and advanced lightweight systems for aircraft. As a technology partner of all major manufacturers, FACC works together with its customers to develop solutions for the mobility of the future. An aircraft equipped with FACC technology takes off every second worldwide. In the 2018/19 fiscal year, FACC generated an annual turnover of more than 782 million euros. Around 3,500 employees, who hail from 38 nations, are employed at 13 international locations. The company is listed on the ATX of the Vienna Stock Exchange and is part of the Fortune 500 Group AVIC, which provides access to the largest growth markets in the industry. For additional information, please visit www.facc.com
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