KTM Designer Grows Operations

Kiska GmbH, the design firm responsible for KTM motorcycles for the past 16 years, is expanding its facilities in Anif, Austria.

Founded by Gerald Kiska in 1990 just a stone's throw from KTM headquarters in Mattinghofen, Austria, Kiska GmbH serves as a consultant across four areas of expertise: brand image and strategy, product design and strategy, communication design and strategy, and fair and shop design. Past and present clients include KTM, Husaberg, Honda, BMW, Generic, Audi, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Braun, Siemens and Adidas, among others.

Kiska says an expanding client base created the need for the expansion, as well as more employees and larger work spaces. Kiska GmbH ended its last fiscal year with net profit up 18 percent to €7 million. To facilitate that extra business, the company expanded its employee base 21 percent to 80 designers and support staff.

The facility expansion is taking place on an acre of land next to the existing headquarters.

"Naturally it's not always easy to attract those well-trained people we need to such a small town. However, our successful business model, international team, and growing list of clients from throughout the world have allowed us to continue to bring aboard those top designers and expand our operations," Kiska says.

New Transportation Manager
In related news, Kiska recently promoted designer Phil Perez to manage the company's Transportation Design business.

Perez, 38, graduated from Art Center Europe before joining Peugeot as an exterior designer. He spent time at Design a Storz in Austria and Spine Design in France before returning to Austria to join Kiska, where he'll be responsible for the styling and design of two- and four-wheeled vehicles for clients.

This photo, taken Jan. 21 by web cam, shows construction of Kiska's new design facility in Anif, Austria.