We have renewed, changed and improved a great deal. But one thing has remained the same: the creativity, the dedication and passion of our employees, who show day in day out that the industrial location of Upper Austria is successful all over the world.
Once again we have transformed one of our production halls for the Christmas party into a festival hall. We started at 12:00 a.m. the official part with a review of the successful year 2019.
This time our congratulations went to Mr. Andreas Mallinger, Mr. Thomas Peer and Mr. Gerald Schützenberger for their 25th employment anniversary.
On the 25th anniversary of the company, we were able to congratulate Mr. Helmut Hagn, Mr. Rudolf Pointinger and Mr. Franz Zehetner. We were especially pleased that Mr. Gerhard Hagn, Mr. Stefan Strasser and Mr. Franz Wiesner have been in the Gföllner team for 35 years - we congratulate and thank you very much.
In 2019 Mr. August Ennsfellner after 46 years of service, Mr. Gottfried Kindlinger after 45 years of service and Mr. Gerhard Hagn after 35 years of service have left to go into retirement and we also wanted to say thank you for all what you have done for us.
In the course of our suggestion system for improvements at Gföllner (VWG), we awarded the best 5 suggestions with EUR 1,000 each. This year, the best suggestions came from: Helmut Hagn, Andreas Ganglmayr, Rainer Mayr, Gottfried Maier and Rene Pointinger - we thank you for the excellent suggestions and congratulations on the award.
And as well as at work, we all showed a lot of joy and endurance at the party...
Dear business partners,
thank you sincerely for the dedicated cooperation in the past year. We wish you and your loved ones a blessed and merry Christmas and a happy new year!
This year we decided to donate some money for two charity organizations instead of providing small gifts for our business partners. We donated EUR 3.000 to the Institute Caritas, a Competence Center for handicapped people and EUR 3.000 to the Upper Austrian Association for the Blind and Visually Disabled.
For company Kinastberger Transportlogistik GmbH from Krems, we were able to put a Hiab X - HiPro 638 E-7 JIB 150 X-6 on a Scania. With this high-tech crane and the 2-axle low-bed semi-trailers with forced-steering, the slogan of our customer is absolutely right: Kinastberger still go one better.
- 4-axle truck Scania
- crane with special color RAL 9010
- crane features: 2 tons winch, JIB, VSL+ (Variable Stability Logic +) and SAF (Semi Automatic Folding)
- 2-axle low-bed semi-trailer with hydraulic forced-steering
As each of our products leaves the production plant in St. Georgen near Grieskirchen (Austria) normaly by road thereare still some other means of transport which can be employed to make our modules to reach their final destination all over the world.
The destination of the first transport leg is usually a North Sea port or to the Mediterranean. But more and more the inland waterway via the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal or the railway is used for particularly large and heavy modules.
The next Danube harbour as well as Linz Airport (LNZ), which is also rated for the Antonov 124 with its 3000 metres CAT IIIb runwa,y is only about 50 km away. The Antonov is used only for express deliveries and we made a short video from the last loading for you.
End of October the construction work of plant 4 starts. The existing areal will be extended by approx. 3 ha in west direction. The production area will be enlarged by about 10,000 sqm to a total area of 35,000 sqm.
An additional office building with about 1,500 sqm offers plenty of space for creative and high-quality work.
Especially the crane services, container assembly, container rental service and automated manufacturing processes will be enlarged with this plant extension.
Completion of the new plant is planned for September 2020.
In September 2019, after a project period of about 13 months, we were celebrating the "Goodbye" to the last module of a major contract.
In total, 21 backup power systems were manufactured according to UL standard for a data center in North America.
This summer we were once again allowed to hand over a trailer based test device to ASFINAG Austria. This mobile test center ensures more safety on Austrian roads and checks the roadworthiness of vehicles.
The test equipment was delivered by our longtime partner Supanz.
For an optimal test procedure, the axle clearance tester can be set up separately from the brake test bench with a crawler chassis.
We were recently able to deliver for the compost and soil specialist Huemer Kompost GmbH a Scania R560 6x4NB with a FUTURA 18 Multilift including a Skip Top 2.0 covering system.
With special color RAL6018, the FlexControls radio control (FLRC) and the hydraulic container locking system a successful operation is secured.
To keep the energy of our partner in motion, we delivered a Mercedes Arocs 2643 6x4 to Machacek in June 2019. The vehicle was equipped with a front crane, a curtainsider construction including sliding roof openable on both sides, a lifting roof and a tail lift BC 2000S4 from Bär.
The vehicle can be loaded and unloaded from all sides, from above with the crane, at the side with the forklift and the rear loading takes place via the tail lift.
With the lifting roof, the interior height for the load can be fully utilized without damaging the structure.
With mostly nice weather and only very few downpours, we were pleased to welcome many visitors to our in-house exhibition 2019. In addition to numerous Gföllner bodies and special vehicles, there were also the successful Gföllner container trailers to be watched.
Even at the crane superstructures, there were a few outstanding examples such as the HIAB XHiPro 858E-7 of the company Grill Transporte. The HIAB HiVision wooden crane controlled by VR glasses could be tested on the simulator and on the demonstration vehicle. How easy it looks, Michael Streinsberger, a professional driver, showed us with his own HiVision model in many demonstrations.
Many thanks to all the customers who put their vehicles at our disposal for the exhibition. A special thanks to Hubert Grill and Michael Streinesberger for the interesting demonstrations.