Together with her husband, the late Franz X. Starlinger-Huemer, she built a prosperous family business that grew to be one of the world’s leading companies in the sector of plastic packaging machinery. In her active business life, which covered a time span of more than fifty years, Erna Starlinger-Huemer was not only the head of a company, she also was a world traveler, culture lover, supporting friend, and mother. Hard-working, reliable, always elegant and cosmopolitan, she was the “Grande Dame” in the male domain of mechanical engineering. With her sociable manner and her many travels to countries and customers all around the world, often as a member of an Austrian trade delegation, she acted as ambassador both for Starlinger and the Austrian mechanical engineering sector.
Erna Starlinger-Huemer was highly respected and valued by Starlinger customers all over the world as well as the representatives of the Austrian economy and politics. To honor her services, she was presented with the Grand Silver Medal of Honor of the Republic of Austria.
Erna Starlinger-Huemer will be thoroughly missed by her beloved ones and the worldwide Starlinger family.