PALFINGER: Lean Management Leading Company Award 2021/22


The international technology and engineering company emerged as the group winner at the StEP-Up Best Practice Conference.

PALFINGER continuously invests in the efficiency of its own processes, with the aim of constantly increasing added value. Future-oriented lean management projects are an important part of this. The high quality of the measures implemented to increase productivity and efficiency has now been officially recognized. On September 20, 2022, PALFINGER was named one of Austria's ten leading lean management companies at the StEP-Up Best Practice Conference at Danube University Krems.

The lean circle team: Learning across companies and industries

As part of the StEP-Up company platform, PALFINGER presented internal lean management projects over a period of two years and shared its own experiences with other companies as part of a lean circle team. PALFINGER shared practical solutions on the subjects of lean administration, industrial engineering, smart logistics, lean leadership, shop floor management and resource optimization, among others. As part of a lean circle team that evaluated each other’s processes, which included Rosenbauer International AG, ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH, Coca-Cola HBC Austria GmbH, FunderMax GmbH and Josef Manner & Comp. AG, the technology and engineering company was voted group winner. Christoph Elmer, Head of Plant PALFINGER Production Systems Köstendorf, David Aschl, Environment & Energy Management EMEA and Alexander Baumgartner, Project Manager at PALFINGER presented the technology group's practical solutions to the audience in their presentation “Lean & Green Management at PALFINGER” and received the award as a leading company.

Lean management at PALFINGER

The technology and mechanical engineering company drives forward lean management as part of “PALFINGER Production Systems” (PPS). The central aim of the program is to design the company’s own processes in such a way that the highest added value is generated from the perspective of the customer. The focus is on actively working and creating together. This is also shown by the current “Overall Plant Concept” project. Together with employees from different locations, the PPS team creates a vision for each site for the next five years. This way, PALFINGER ensures that each site operates to meet market requirements. The resulting initiatives and measures are implemented with the support of lean management experts. In addition, the PPS.connected training program developed internally is a forge for PPS managers at local and regional level. Within one year, employees can complete top-level training by attending courses on topics such as lean management, workshop organization, employee management and more in order to gain important skills throughout the company.


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PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world’s leading producer and provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. With around 12,700 employees (without contract workers), 30 manufacturing sites and a worldwide sales and service network of around 5,000 service points, PALFINGER creates added value from the challenges of its customers. PALFINGER is consistently continuing on its course as a provider of innovative, complete solutions that deliver increased efficiency and better operability, while leveraging the potential of digitalization along the entire production and value chain.

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999, and in 2023 achieved record revenue of EUR 2.45 billion.



Katja Pötsch | Head of Public Relations & Executive Communication | PALFINGER AG
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