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Since 1888: Precision with Tradition

Pollmann has a long tradition of more than one hundred years in the development and manufacturing of innovative high-precision products. The company was founded in 1888 by Franz Pollmann as a craft enterprise for the manufacturing of high-precision mechanical devices and watches in Karlstein (Waldviertel, Lower Austria).

1888

Establishment of the company by clock/watchmaker Franz Pollmann. Manufacturing of clock movements for kitchen and living-room clocks, running gears and pressure gauges.

1933

Franz Pollmann hands over the business to his son Ernst and his son's wife Hildegard. Ernst Pollmann Sr. entered the business in 1926 in and graduated from the same professional clock school in Karlstein as his wife. From 1924 to 1945 he works as a teacher there. Since 1930, the manufacturing has been expanded to include gear, band feed and writing meters.

1952

Company name changed and registered as Ernst Pollmann Uhren und Apparatebau OHG. The manufacturing of counters first starts in 1958; at first only for reel-to-reel and tape recorders.

1961

The product range is expanded to include gauges, intermediate relays and spring assemblies. The company already has more than 200 employees. New halls are needed to expand the business.

1969

Ernst Pollmann Sr. hands the business over to his sons Ernst and Herbert, who entered it in 1962. A year earlier, after 80 years, the clock/watch production is phased out and a clock/watch wholesale launched. The manufacturing focus is on audiotape counters.

1980

The manufacturing of counters for speedometers launches the company as a supplier for the automotive industry. A year later, video recorder parts are first manufactured, which, in 1986 with the introduction of outsert technology, comprise the entire drive chassis.

1988

100-year celebration and awarding of quality certificate Q1 from Ford GB and USA to Pollmann as one of the first companies in Austria. In 1991 Pollmann receives the Chrysler quality certificate "Quality Excellence".

1991

Establishment of the first subsidiary in the Czech Republic - Jindrichuv Hradec.

1994

Manufacturing of the first sunroof mechanism with the help of outsert technology for the Webasto Company in Stockdorf (Germany).

1997

Transfer of the CEO responsibility to the fourth generation Markus and Robert Pollmann. Annual production of kilometer counters reaches its peak at 7 million counter modules.

1998

Enclosures for door locking system with integrated tracks are manufactured successfully for the first time. Pollmann is certified according to ISO 9001, QS 9000 and VDA 6.1.

2001

The second overseas Pollmann manufacturing location opens its door on August 1st in Romeoville/Chicago, USA.

2004

First product for the medical sector: Production launch of MYOBOCK electrodes for hand and knee prostheses for Otto Bock. Pollmann Austria is certified pursuant to ISO 14001:1996.

2006

Founding of Pollmann China in Kunshan (Shanghai).

2007

Pollmann continues to develop its technology. New additions to the program are components for high-power automotive applications such as Power Frame – an electric power steering component/EPS – for auto maker Audi.

2010

Pollmann expands China location – Barely four years after the location was established, a second production facility was inaugurated in Kunshan. The production area covers over 86,000 square feet.

2011

Pollmann Czech Republic becomes an additional Center of Competence for injection molding. The production facilities for cost-effective modules including injection molding manufacture are expanded by 20,000 square feet.

2012

Pollmann starts clean-room production – metal/plastic composites are produced in a 4,300-square-foot area in clean room class 8 (ISO 14644-1).

Pollmann has been offering apprenticeship training for more than 70 years. The apprentice workshops were expanded and equipped with a new injection molding machine including a handling robot as well as a pneumatics and electronics laboratory.

2013

Pollmann turns 125…

… good reason for all of us to be proud and happy. We celebrated this anniversary with an Open House and a special party for our employees. Pollmann has been in existence for 125 years, is wholly family-owned and has more than 1,200 employees worldwide.

2015

The production area at the CZ location has been doubled to 8,000 m². Thanks to its excellent transportation links, Pollmann CZ has positioned itself perfectly for projects involving large quantities.

2016

Pollmann China feiert 10 Jahre. The company had employed over 400 people with a production area of 8800 m².

 

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