AVL is the world’s largest privately owned company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. Business area ITS (instrumentation and test systems) develops and manufactures instruments and systems required for engine and vehicle testing. Business area PTE develops and improves all kinds of powertrain systems and vehicle controls units, and is a competent partner to the engine and automotive industry. In addition AVL develops and markets the simulation methods which are necessary for the development work. AVL is also one of the most innovative companies in Austria, shown by the fact that AVL was multiple times number one in the innovation ranking for the most innovative company of the Austrian patent agency, so also 2010 and 2012, with about 50 to 60 patents per year.