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PALFINGER: Opening of the PALFINGER Campus – Training at the Highest Level

08.05.2023

With the PALFINGER Campus and PALFINGER World, the global market leader for innovative crane and lifting solutions presents a state-of-the-art education and training center as well as a leading-edge brand and product experience on May 8.

A learning corporate culture, future-oriented training and further education opportunities, plus space for networking: this is what PALFINGER is creating in Upper Austria with the newly opened extension of its Lengau location. With the new PALFINGER Campus, the international technology company combines its manufacturing and assembly expertise and spare parts logistics with its global education and training center at its largest production site. “At PALFINGER, we embrace the philosophy of facing today's challenges by taking the initiative,” says Andreas Klauser, CEO of PALFINGER AG. He adds, “Creating an attractive working environment in line with our Vision & Strategy 2030 plays a central role in this. At the PALFINGER Campus, we have created state-of-the-art training and education opportunities for existing and future employees, making an important investment - for our company, for the region and for our entire European and global production and competence network.”

On May 8, the PALFINGER Campus and PALFINGER World were officially opened in the presence of Upper Austria’s Federal Governor Thomas Stelzer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PALFINGER AG Hubert Palfinger, second Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PALFINGER AG Hannes Palfinger, PALFINGER CEO Andreas Klauser, PALFINGER CFO Felix Strohbichler and guests from business and education. In his address, Upper Austrian Federal Governor Thomas Stelzer said, “Recruiting and retaining skilled workers currently presents a real challenge for every company. Welltrained employees are one of the key factors for a dynamic business location such as Upper Austria. With their high-quality products, but above all their commitment to a corporate culture of learning and ongoing education, companies in Upper Austria have played a vital role in making our province one of the 50 most competitive regions in Europe despite difficult international conditions. With this investment, PALFINGER once again underlines its commitment to the region and to Upper Austria as a location for business and industry.”
 

The Future of the Working World: Concentrated Expertise on the PALFINGER Campus

During the panel discussion at the opening ceremony, PALFINGER CEO Andreas Klauser discussed how the future of the working world must be shaped with leading experts including Iris Schmidt, Managing Director of the Upper Austrian employment office; Labor Expert, Author, and Founder of “Basically Innovative” Lena Marie Glaser; and Katrin Hintermeier, Manager Consulting at Deloitte Austria and Co-author. A proactive approach plays an important role in this regard. Because employees are the driving force behind the success of companies. Only those employers who offer their talents exciting long-term prospects are considered attractive.
 

Learning at the Cutting Edge: The First-Class Training Program

Continuous, individual development is therefore of paramount importance. During the expert panel discussion, Michael Berger, Vice President Global Human Resources at PALFINGER, and Verena Lekl, Technical Trainer at PALFINGER, gave insights into the comprehensive range of development opportunities offered at PALFINGER and the PALFINGER Campus - from apprenticeships for high school graduates to training programs for management. The Lengau location is of particular significance in this context: The very first PALFINGER apprentices’ workshop was opened here 30 years ago. Today, over 120 apprentices are trained in 15 different technical and commercial professions. But existing PALFINGER employees also actively continue their education on campus on both a personal and professional level, either through training courses or interdepartmental assignments.
 

PALFINGER World: Experience the PALFINGER Spirit up Close

In addition to the PALFINGER Campus, PALFINGER World was also brought to life on May 8. On over 1,600 square meters, it offers customers and partners a comprehensive brand and product experience, including a fan shop. Visitors can discover the innovative products and solutions for themselves, while a factory tour provides further insights into the manufacturing expertise of the international company. PALFINGER World is also a place for employees and guests to actively exchange ideas: State-of-theart conference and event rooms are available to PALFINGER employees and their guests. The aim: to connect people locally and internationally and to proactively develop new, future-oriented concepts and ideas together. In addition to the grand opening, PALFINGER employees had the chance to experience the PALFINGER Campus and PALFINGER World for themselves in advance. As part of an event week, the opening will also be celebrated with customers, partners and interested parties with guided tours and interactive stations. The world market leader invested more than EUR 10 million in the newly built PALFINGER Campus and PALFINGER World - an investment in the future!

More photos of the opening can be found here (Copyright: PALFINGER): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hr09RMCk9yvJ7DwubXSpeXsgZkQjl-_3


ABOUT PALFINGER AG

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 contingent 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 2022 achieved record revenue of EUR 2.23 billion.

 

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Katja Pötsch | Head of Public Relations & Executive Communication | PALFINGER AG
M +43 664 889 69 065  | k.poetsch@palfinger.com