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Pollmann International commits to Waldviertel 2.0
Vitis gets a new production facility

Karlstein/Vitis. Pollmann International, the global market leader in sunroof kinematics and electromechanical door locks, continues its expansion in the automotive sector. With the purchase of a 65,000m2 commercial site in Vitis, the company is well positioned for future growth and development. Mayor Anette Töpfl, owner Markus Pollmann and Pollmann International CEOs Herbert Auer and Christian Schreiberhuber are very pleased that the Vitis Municipal Council has approved the purchase during its last meeting.

 


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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.<//span>

 

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Summer interns in August: Michael Wälzl, Mathias Hofbauer, Kerstin Meller, Melanie Meixner, Manuel Lechner, Simone Brodesser, Christian Sauer, Stefan Bittermann, Daniel Mayrhofer, Lukas Zimmermann and Manuel Malzer

27 summer interns gain work experience at Pollmann

During the months of July, August and September, international automotive supplier Pollmann offer a number of different internships to high School, college and University students. This year, 27 students completed their mandatory internship at Pollmann and gained valuable work experience. As Managing Director Erwin Negeli Points out, "These mandatory internships are a first opportunity to gain Job experience. At the same time, they draw the attention of future professionals and skilled workers to Pollmann as an attractive international employer." Students who complete a mandatory internship quite often become desirable job applicants later on.

Pollmann offers internships in different technical Departments. Internship applicants and also Trainees from Colleges and universities who complete an internship in Connection with their Bachelor's or Master's thesis are always welcome at Pollmann

Christian Bentz (Pollmann North America) during training with Markus Hiess (Pollmann Austria)

'Teamcenter' and 'NX' at Pollmann

As part of the Pollmann digital strategy, we decided in 2014 to introduce a PLM system (Product Lifecycle Management). What convinced us was the opportunity to standardize the CAD/CAM environment at all our locations.

Following a thorough screening process, we chose the SIEMENS programs NX for CAD/CAM and Teamcenter as a PLM system. By now, we have reached a top level in terms of converting and implementing the new IT architecture at our headquarters in Karlstein, and we have already started the rollout to our locations in North American and China. .

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Matthias Kitzler - new Purchasing Manager at Pollmann International

Pollmann International – a career at Pollmann

In early April, Mr. Matthias Kitzler became Head of the Strategic Purchasing and Materials Management Department  at Pollmann International (PINT). With this appointment, Mr. Kitzler is switching sides so-to-speak, because for the past 11 years he had a successful career in Sales at Pollmann after completing his training in Microelectronics and Toolmaking.

 “As an account executive, I always had a lot of contacts with the Purchasing Departments of our customers, and I can apply a lot of what I learned in my new position. Good negotiation skills are simply a must if you want to succeed in business. But you always have to be fair”, says Matthias Kitzler pointing out an important value in the Pollmann corporate culture. “It is not about pushing down prices, it is about developing intelligent solutions with our supplier partners which bring long-term benefits for both parties.”

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New opportunities through process innovation

The so-called comfort opening for tailgates as we know it from the premium segment is also becoming standard in many mid-range vehicles. Modifying and improving the required tailgate drive systems is an interesting development for Pollmann. For the second-generation drives, the heavy steel tubes are replaced by our plastic tubes made of PA for the spindle drives. For Pollmann customers, this means considerable savings in component costs.

That is also the reason why Pollmann is producing such spindle drive covers in ever greater numbers. We currently have orders in place for 100 million units.

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Expansion - new production building in Karlstein

Knowing that the 1,220 m² production building would be running at full capacity from the very beginning was obviously an additional incentive for the construction managers not to waste any time. The 5th production building started operations at the Karlstein location on schedule in December 2016.

A large-scale customer project for door locks required additional manufacturing space and could not wait. With this new building, Pollmann has created space for additional injection molding and automation equipment. At the same time, we wanted to equip the new machines with a central material drying system to increase process efficiency. A new material storage area, a transformer station capable of peak loads, a separate cooling system for the plant room as well as a high-performance compressed air system help improve production logistics further.

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Tim Giometti, the new CEO of Pollmann North America

I am extremely excited to lead the Pollmann North American team and its expansion efforts. I bring over 25 years of technical acumen in the transportation industry and look forward to grow the Pollmann name both in the United States and Mexico. Our value proposition is unique in the marketplace where we have the agility of a small organization but the resources of a larger corporation.

The automotive arena is quite challenging but it also comes with its own unique set of rewards. To take something from concept into commercial production is something that will always put a smile on my face.

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Pollmann supports Mühlenhof RadVit in Vitis

Pollmann supports Mühlenhof RadVit in Vitis

Pollmann’s Christmas Party philosophy has always been: “Celebrate for a good cause in the region”. The Works Council for Wage Earners again did a great job running the cash bar. This year, the proceeds went to Mühlenhof RadVit in Vitis. As is tradition, Pollmann Austria matched the amount raised and proudly presented Dunja Eisner (Managing Director – RadVit) and Mag. Martin Hetzendorfer (Chairman - Sponsoring Organization “Haus der Zuversicht”) with a check for EUR 5,000 in Vitis on February 7.

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