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Managing Director Václav Kršík is very proud of the company’s excellent reputation and will retire at the end of this year. Owners Markus and Robert Pollmann, Ernst Pollmann and the Management of Pollmann International DI (FH) Herbert Auer and Mag. Christian Schreiberhuber congratulated Mr. Kršík for the success of the location and presented a travel-voucher.

Pollmann Czech Republic celebrates 25-year anniversary

With the establishment of a subsidiary in the Czech Republic 25 years ago, Austrian automotive supplier Pollmann was on its way to internationalization. Since that time, the company has become a global player, and today Pollmann components are installed in nearly every car brand worldwide. A good reason to celebrate what started 25 years ago in Jindřichův Hradec.

On September 22, Pollmann Czech Republic celebrated its 25-year anniversary with more than 200 invited guests, among them Jindřichův Hradec Mayor Stanislav Mrvkavon and Dr. Alexander Grubmayr from the Austrian Embassy in Prague as well as many business partners and suppliers. Owners Markus and Robert Pollmann and Managing Director Emeritus Ernst Pollmann opened the official part of the celebration.

The following day, Pollmann CZ invited to an Open House and celebrated the 25 years with employees and their families and people from the region. More than 2,000 visitors were extremely impressed with the company’s machines, production equipment and broad capabilities.

The fast-growing production facility is an attractive local employer especially for residents from the region around Jindřichův Hradec.

The date was June 6, 1992 when the new production location started operations 60 km from the company’s headquarters in Waldviertel in Lower Austria. As Markus Pollmann remembers: “It was a very important strategic decision for the entire company. Karlstein had existed on the economic periphery until 1989 when the fall of the Iron Curtain opened interesting new perspectives.” With renewed access to its neighbor, the owner family Pollmann saw an opportunity for growth in this region.

Since then, a lot has changed in terms of technology. In the beginning, Pollmann used a previous LADA manufacturing site to produce sub-modules for mechanical odometers for the automotive industry. Final assembly took place in Karlstein/Austria.

Initially named C.P.A. s.r.o. for Car Parts Assembly, the company name was changed to Pollmann CZ s.r.o. in 2002. In late 2004, production was moved to two purchased production buildings with 2,700 m2. The decision in 2011 to build a second injection molding competence center confirmed the strong commitment of the Pollmann family to the Czech location. Today, 26 injection molding machines are in operation, additional large equipment and two injection molding machines with a clamping force of 650t each will be added by the end of this year. To keep up with this growth, we purchased and remodeled the adjacent Motor Jikov property in 2015 which increased our production area to 15,800m2.

First conceived as an extended workbench 25 years ago, Pollmann CZ enjoys a high degree of autonomy today with in-house capabilities in plastics processing and assembly as well as maintenance for the Tool Shop and Automation and Robotics areas. The same applies to the younger generation. Following the successful “dual training” model at the Karlstein headquarters, the location has had its own apprenticeship program for many years.

From the very beginning, Managing Director Václav Kršík has been instrumental to the success of the location. As Václav Kršík says: “Ernst and Herbert Pollmann’s bold decision to invest in this company location at the time was a tremendous opportunity for us. In return, our growth facilitated the growth of the headquarters in Karlstein and supported Pollmann’s expansion to the US and China.

Mr. Kršík is very proud of the company’s excellent reputation as a fair and sustainable employer who cares deeply about the people in this region. “It feels like a father’s love for his child,” Václav Kršík says with a big smile. But he is also just a little wistful because at the end of this year he will retire after a long and successful career.

In January 2018, Soňa Nováková and Michael Hauer will take over the management in Jindřichův Hradec. Both are looking forward to their new responsibilities: “We want to continue the successful development of Pollmann in the Czech Republic. With our outstanding team of committed and top-trained employees we will certainly be able to do so.”

 

Dr. Alexander Grubmayr from the Austrian Embassy in Prague together with DI (FH) Herbert Auer and Václav Kršík
Jindřichův Hradec Mayor Stanislav Mrvka congratulated Václav Kršík for the successfull growth of the location in Jindřichův Hradec.
In January 2018, Soňa Nováková and Michael Hauer will take over the management in Jindřichův Hradec and continue the successful development.
2,000 visitors were extremely impressed with the company’s machines, production equipment and broad capabilities.

Pollmann International GmbH  I  Raabser Strasse 1  I  A-3822 Karlstein