The beginning of an era: Precision technology has been Pollmann's main strength from the very start. In 1888, Franz Pollmann set up his craftsman's workshop in Karlstein in the Waldviertel region in Lower Austria. He specialized in the construction of precision devices and clock mechanisms for kitchen and room clocks, gear drives and pressure gauges. Gear conveyors, conveyor belts and recording meters were added starting in 1930.
A new generation: Franz Pollmann's son Ernst and his wife Hildegard take over the business. Ernst Pollmann had already worked in the business since 1926. Both he and his wife had graduated from the Professional School of Watchmaking in Karlstein. Ernst Pollmann actually taught at this school from 1924 to 1945.
The company name was changed and registered as Ernst Pollmann Uhren und Apparatebau OHG. The manufacturing of counters started in 1958; at first only for tape and cassette recorders.
Product update: The product portfolio now includes display instruments, intermediate relays and spring assemblies. The company has grown to over 200 employees and new facilities are added.
The end of an era: After 80 years, in-house production of watches/clocks is discontinued and Pollmann launches a clock/watch wholesale business. Production at Pollmann is now focused on tape recorder counters.
A new generation: Ernst Pollmann Sr. hands over the reins to his sons Ernst and Herbert who had already been working in the company since 1962.
The production of counters for speedometers launches the company as a supplier for the automotive industry. In 1981, production of video recorder parts is started. With the introduction of outsert technology in 1986, these parts extend to the entire drive chassis.
Top quality: On its 100-year anniversary, Pollmann is one of the first companies in Austria to receive the Q1 quality certificates from Ford USA and Ford England. In 1991, Chrysler awards Pollmann the "Quality Excellence Certificate".
Internationalization: Pollmann establishes its first subsidiary abroad in the town of Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic.
New focus on sunroof solutions: Pollmann uses Outsert technology to manufacture the first sunroof mechanism for sunroof manufacturer Webasto. Today, Pollmann is the international market leader in this segment.
Fourth generation: Markus and Robert Pollmann take over management of the company. The annual production of counters for odometers peaks at 7 million modules per year.
New product: Pollmann starts the development and production of housings for door lock systems with integrated conductor tracks. With certifications according to ISO 9001, QS 9000 and VDA 6.1, the company solidifies its reputation as a high-quality manufacturer.
Internationalization, part 2: On August 1, 2001, Pollmann opens its second production location abroad in Romeoville/Chicago (USA).
Product in the medical field: Production of MYOBOCK electrodes for hand and knee prostheses for prosthetics specialist Otto Bock is launched. The Pollmann Austria location receives ISO14001:1996 certification.
Expansion to the Far East: Pollmann China is established as the company's fourth location in Kunshan in the automotive region surrounding Shanghai.
Pollmann continues to drive technological developments: New additions to the portfolio are components for high-power automotive applications such as Power Frame – an electric power steering component/EPS – for Audi.
Expansion: Just under four years after the start in China, a second production facility is inaugurated in Kunshan with a production area of 86,000 square feet.
Expansion in the Czech Republic: Pollmann CZ is developed as an additional Center of Competence for injection molding. Another 20,000 square feet are added to the production area for cost-effective modules including injection molding manufacturing.
Clean room manufacturing: Starting in 2012, metal-plastic composites are produced in a 4,300-square-foot area in clean room class 8 (ISO 14644-1).
Top apprenticeship program: Pollmann has been offering apprenticeship training for more than 70 years. In 2012, the apprentice workshop is expanded and equipped with a new injection molding machine, a handling robot and a pneumatics and electrical engineering laboratory.
Pollmann turns 125 - time to celebrate! The company marked the anniversary with an Open House and a staff party which is still remembered with great enthusiasm. At that time, Pollmann had already more than 1,200 employees worldwide.
More space: The production area at the Czech Republic location is doubled to 86,000 square feet. Thanks to its excellent transportation links, Pollmann Czech Republic has positioned itself perfectly for high-volume projects.
The Pollmann China location has experienced a fantastic development and celebrates its 10th anniversary. The location employs more than 400 people and has a production area of 86,000 square feet.
Expansion in Austria: Pollmann Austria expands its production area and opens a new 13,130-square-foot production facility at the Karlstein location. Pollmann now has a net production area of 198,000 square feet in Karlstein.
25 years Pollmann Czech Republic: With more than 500 employees, Pollmann Czech Republic is one of the largest employers in the Jindřichův Hradec region.
Pollmann Austria celebrates its 130-year anniversary and takes the next step in its expansion strategy in the Northern Waldviertel region. With an eye to the future, Pollmann purchases a 700,000-square-foot property.
Pollmann China expands its production capacities: In its third expansion stage, the plant size almost doubles to a total of 220,000 square feet.
Expansion in Austria with a new production site in Vitis: A new 37,700-square-foot production plant with a fully automated high-bay rack storage system for 5,500 pallet spaces starts operation.