Pongratz – Unsere Geschichte

1971

Start of production of agricultural machinery and equipment (e.g. corn chopping and tractors) in Köllach, Proleb in Austria

1974

Production of the first car trailers: PA 160 / PA 190 / PA 230

1976

Identifying the gap in the market and transition to serial production of car trailers. From the late seventies to the late eighties an expansion of the production sites took place.

1980

The site in Köllach in 1980

1985

The 15,000 trailer is sold in June 1985

1986

Visit by Dr. Alois Mock – at that time federal party leader of the ÖVP – in July 1986

1990

Due to continuous development and growth of the company, as well as the knowledge to act as a pioneer, Pongratz introduces the first welding robot.

1991

Expanded distribution in Europe: Among others Pongratz sells its trailers in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Liechtenstein and Sweden.

1994

Establishment of a subsidiary in Bratislava to meet the high demand. Additional expansion of the distribution to Eastern Europe (among others Slovenia, Hungary, Poland and Croatia).

1994

Pongratz donates the 50,000 trailer to the voluntary fire department in June 1994

1994

Picture of the site in May 1994

1996

Transfer of specially manufactured fire brigade youth trailers to over 50 different brigades of Styria at a handover ceremony in Lebring (with the at that time state governor Waltraud Klasnic)

2004

Handover of the company to Herwig Pongratz Junior.As a Styrian showcase model the at that time Federal Minister of Economics and Labour, Dr. Bartenstein visited the company.

2005

Opening of the new production facility in Modra (about 30 km northeast of Bratislava)

2007

After a company fire at the site in Köllach planning and construction began on a new location

2011

Pongratz opened a new production facility in Traboch (Styria)

2013

Entry of Unternehmens Invest AG as the majority shareholder, to jointly safeguard the growth and development in the future

2014

Merging of the sites Köllach and Traboch to exploit synergies on a common site in Traboch

2015

Development of the first retractable universal trailer (Load & Lift trailer) by Pongratz