History

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