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China Business Talk in Vienna

On February 14, 2019, 120 guests met at the Raiffeisenhaus in Vienna to take a close look at economic powerhouse China. Company representatives and experts including Stefan Pollmann exchanged personal impressions and outlooks for the future.

After words of welcome by State Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Petra Bohuslav, Sonja Zwazl (WKNÖ President), Mag. Reinhard Karl (Deputy Chairman-Mgmt. Board RLB NÖ-Vienna) and Thomas Salzer (IV-NÖ President), the evening was moderated by Dr. Gabriele Forgues (Managing Director ecoplus International).

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Andreas Greulberger - new Head of Engineering – committed to customer-focused developments

Andreas Greulberger can safely be called a Pollmann bedrock. He started as a Tool Shop apprentice in 1982 and built his career over 28 years in this field advancing to Head of the Tool Shop and Design & Development Departments. After eight years with a renowned global mold maker, Andreas Greulberger returned to Pollmann in October of this year. With his return, our Design & Engineering, Automation & Robotics and Tool Shop sections will be headed by a dedicated professional who puts his heart and soul into his work.

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Report: Progress at Pollmann construction sites in Vitis and Kunshan

Construction of the Austrian Pollmann plant in Vitis is on schedule. All foundation work has been completed and the building envelopes for the production and logistics buildings will be finished by year’s end. In March, we will reach the final 20m building height of our high-bay rack storage system.

Also in March, we will begin installing all building services systems and the production units. Production at our additional new site in Vitis will start as scheduled in July 2019 with housings and covers for door lock system. From the beginning, the building will be utilized seven days a week in a three-shift operation.

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Hypo-NÖ Bank CEO Wolfgang Viehauser and NÖN editor-in-chief Walter Fahrnberger present the Leopold award to Markus Pollmann

Pollmann wins “Leopold” prize
NÖN award in Business goes to industrial employer from the Waldviertel region

The award ceremony took place at the NV Forum in St. Pölten on November 8. The Lower Austrian weekly newspaper NÖN recognized Pollmann International with the “Leopold Award” in the Business category. With Governor Johanna Mickl-Leitner in attendance, Markus Pollmann personally accepted the award on behalf of the company. As one of the largest industrial employers in the Northern part of Austria, Pollmann relies on the consistent development of its employees as it expands the company to meet the challenges of an increasingly global automotive world.

This annual award, established in 2000 and named after Lower Austria’s patron saint, is given to people, institutions and companies for exemplary performance in the categories Courage, Commitment, Culture, Sports, Business and Future. 

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Today’s apprentices – tomorrow’s skilled professionals!
Pollmann strategy focuses on junior talent.

In September, 19 new apprentices started their careers at Pollmann to become skilled professionals. Fourteen of them joined Pollmann Austria and five started at Pollmann in the Czech Republic. We are especially pleased with the large number of female apprentices. Their preferred career choices are Metal Technology-Tool Shop Engineering, Process Engineering, Plastics Engineering, Mechatronics and Metalworking.

An apprenticeship-based career has become an integral part of Pollmann’s efforts to educate and train qualified professionals. As a consequence, the number of managers at the Karlstein headquarters who started their careers in the company as an apprentice is steadily growing. Take, for instance, Michelle Tomsa: Eight years ago, she started as an apprentice in the Turning Shop and continued to work there after completing her apprenticeship.  In early June 2018, Michelle became Head of the Turning Department - clear proof that women can be excellent managers also in technical fields. 

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Happy customers make us happy

In our international customer survey 2018 we asked our customers to tell us frankly what they think. The last survey took place in 2015. This is what we’re always most interested in: Where can we become better? Which strengths should we build on? Where can we become more cost-effective? Ultimately, these are questions that are important not only for us. They also affect our customers, because if we find the right answers, our customers can maintain and build on their success. One thing is clear: The satisfaction of our customers is a measure of their loyalty and the foundation for a long-term partnership. You should be a Pollmann customer not because you have to, but because you want to. That is why customer feedback is so important to us.

We sent out 702 questionnaires and asked customer contacts from Purchasing, Logistics, Project Management and Quality for their input.

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CPO Holger Schramm (on the left) hands over the award personally to Pollmann employee David Gressl (on the right).

Inalfa award. Keep it up!

On April 12, Pollmann China had another reason to celebrate. On that day, this year’s “Inalfa Suppliers Day” took place in Chongquing where the Jialing river in the south-western part of the country meets the Yangtze Kiang. This sprawling city of 30 million is known for its large number of companies from the automotive industry. Ford and Hyundai have located here, and Inalfa itself has facilities in Chongquing which are supplied with Pollmann products.

Project manager David Gressl was the star of the day. He has been with Pollmann China for three years and attended this year’s “Inalfa Suppliers Day” in person. Inalfa recognized the high quality of its collaboration with Pollmann with an award.

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Tour participants Dietmar Schimmel (WK NÖ), Reinhard Blumberger (WK NÖ), Richard Reif, Horst Brait, Christian Zotter, Robert Pollmann, Christian Schreiberhuber, Wolfgang Hörmann, Wolfgang Ebert, Martina Pollmann, Herbert Auer, Andreas Sogerer, Siegfried Walch (Mayor of Karlstein), Winfried Rossmann, Eduard Köck, Dr. Josef Schnabl (BH Waidhofen), Andreas Greulberger

Lower Austrian Industry Day 2018 in Karlstein

Interesting insights at international automotive supplier
Pollmann celebrates its 130th anniversary with an Open House 

Pollmann does not have to worry about attendance numbers when it opens its doors during the Lower Austrian Industry Days 2018. Last Friday, 750 guests took the opportunity during the Industry Days 2018 to take a behind-the-scenes look at the top company in Waldviertel. The global market leader in sunroof mechanisms and door lock housings whose products are installed in 93% of all top-brand vehicles is also celebrating its 130th anniversary.

The visitor numbers showed that Pollmann with its long tradition has made a name for itself as a key player in the modern automotive supplier industry and is also ranked among the top employers. Guests could move freely through the plant facilities along a guided path. The departments showcased technologies and manufacturing processes, and the HR team around Dr. Ernst Wurz presented the many different job profiles and career opportunities available at Pollmann. The company is looking for 60 new employees next year just for the new Pollmann plant in Vitis.

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Ground-breaking ceremony for the new Pollmann plant in Vitis with Regional Minister Dr. Petra Bohuslav, Dr. Christian Moser from the Chamber of Commerce of Lower Austria, Vitis Mayor Anette Töpfl, Dietmar Eder from Peneder, owners Markus and Robert Pollmann, Herbert Auer, Christian Schreiberhuber, Winfried Rossmann, Manfred Jäger and Christopher Brinnich.

Pollmann to build Plant II in Vitis
Global automotive supplier banks on location with growth opportunities

May 29, 2018. When Pollmann, one of the largest industrial employers in Northern Austria, takes the next step in its expansion strategy, it will be breaking new ground in many ways: Maximum energy efficiency, highest level of automation and a digital twin for the new manufacturing plant in Vitis, where all systems and processes can be visualized and simulated in advance. These are the ingredients for an additional 60 new jobs and a total of EUR 17 million which the company will invest in its future.  But one thing will remain unchanged: Pollmanns commitment to the Northern Waldviertel location and its people.

The global market leader in sunroof kinematics and electromechanical door locks is starting construction of a new manufacturing plant in the Waldviertel community of Vitis. The strong international growth of the company is also reflected in Austria. Here is where we have our roots, here is the foundation for our future,said owner Markus Pollmann during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant. He emphasized the close ties to the region: What I love about Waldviertel are its people. Highly trained, loyal employees with sound judgment who do outstanding work which is appreciated by our automotive customers.In 2019, Pollmann is looking to hire 60 new people just for Plant II in Vitis.

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Andreas Thürridl presented the award to Stefan, Regina and Markus Pollmann

Conquering the world from Waldviertel
Pollmann voted best family-owned business 2018 in Lower Austria

Vienna. May 23, Aula der Wissenschaften – Gala event to recognize outstanding family-owned businesses. Pollmann, a global company headquartered in Waldviertel, has been voted “best family-owned business in Lower Austria”. The company began as a clock and watchmaker 130 years ago, and in the 1970s it started to steadily develop its expertise in manufacturing highly complex electromechanical modules for the automotive industry. Fourth generation cousins Markus and Robert Pollmann are leading the family business today.

The company currently employs 1,700 people in their own production facilities on three continents in the automotive hotspots of Europe, Asia and North America. Besides being the global market leader in sunroof kinematics and door lock housings, Pollmann is also perfectly positioned for the exciting new electromobility market. Annual sales for 2017 were EUR 171 million. With all its global reach, the company is proud of its headquarters in Waldviertel in the Northern part of Austria – and for good reason:  Pollmann considers this region and its people ideally suited for delivering outstanding achievements in research, development and production know-how.

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Pollmann supports Caritas

Pollmann received many smiles and “thank-yous” for its donation of EUR 7,100 to the Caritas Workshop Waidhofen/Th.

 

The company’s Christmas Party philosophy has always been: “Celebrate for a good cause in the region.” The Works Council for Wage Earners did a great job running the cash bar. Managing Director Erwin Negeli matched the amount raised and proudly presented Workshop Manager Karin Fida with a check for EUR 7,100. Thanks to this tradition, Pollmann has donated a total of EUR 29,100 to various charitable organizations in our region over the past five years.

 

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