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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).


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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".


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


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


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.


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.


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


Founding of Pollmann China in Kunshan (Shanghai).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Pollmann China celebrates 10th Anniversary.
The company had employed over 400 people with a production area of 8800 m².



Pollmann Austria expands its production area and opens a new 1,220m² production facility. Pollmann now has a production area of 18,400m² in Karlstein.

Pollmann Czech Republic celebrated its 25th anniversary with more than 200 invited guests, among them Ambassador Dr. Alexander Grubmayr from the Austrian Embassy in Prague, Jindřichův Hradec Mayor Stanislav Mrvka, as well as many business partners and suppliers.

With more than 500 employees, Pollmann Czech Republic is one of the largest employers in the Jindřichův Hradec region.



Pollmann Austria celebrates 130 years and also takes the next big step in its expansion strategy in the Northern Waldviertel region. Pollmann purchases a 65,000m² property with an eye to the future. A new 3,500m² production plant with a fully automated high-bay rack storage system for 5,500 pallet spaces is only the first step in a series of potential expansion stages over the next few years.

Pollmann China also expands its production capacities and celebrates breaking ground for its latest addition. In its third expansion stage, the plant will almost double in size. The total building space, which is located on Pollmann’s existing premises, will be increased by 9,360m² to a total of 20,500m².

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