Berndorf AG is the holding company of a group of globally active small and medium-sized industrial enterprises serving niche markets. The Group’s core competences are in toolmaking, automotive, heat treatment, belts and belt systems, press plates, pool construction, process engineering, mechatronics and joint venture projects.
Know-how, experience, expertise and international networks make the companies in the Berndorf Group global market leaders in key industrial sectors.
Berndorf companies develop and manufacture products for customers and partners in the automotive and automotive supply sectors, the wood and furniture sector, the chemical and food industries, and the electrical and electronics sector. The Group also supplies solutions to municipalities and energy suppliers.
Berndorf Group subsidiaries and associates currently employ about 3,100 people in over 20 countries around the world
The Management Board of Berndorf AG gives its views on a current topic.
Digitalisation, the internet of things, artificial intelligence – from the perspective of a company with 175 years of history, are these just trendy buzzwords, or are they fundamentally transforming the foundations of business?
"Digitalisation began decades ago and the process is still continuing today. It’s now part and parcel of day-to-day operations in various different areas, with developments like digital order taking, data analyses and remote maintenance.
We want to move forward as a group towards Berndorf 4.0. In line with our industrial tradition, we will therefore drive forward the development of our technologies and invest in providing our employees with the best possible training and qualifications.“
"Manufacturing processes in which sensors, machinery and production sequences are digitally networked gives customers direct access to inventories and the ability to automatically trigger production orders – and all tailored to their needs. This takes the quality of partnerships to a whole new level.
A number of companies in the Berndorf Group have already made big strides in this direction. But it’s important to keep our feet on the ground to ensure that these advances are always manageable."
"Since the privatisation of Berndorf AG 30 years ago, there has been a culture of enthusiastically embracing change within the company. No one at Berndorf is hiding from digitalisation – change is taking place with a healthy dose of realism and responsibility."
"It is within this context that Berndorf’s traditional strengths will be in greater demand than ever before and will propel us on our way to new opportunities that no-one has even dreamed of yet."
We stand for a lived corporate culture, supported by mutual respect and trust.
The companies in the Berndorf Group are founded on the principles of transparency, honesty and mutual respect. Open communication between management and other staff, and a solutions-orientated approach to error management facilitate dialogue and motivate our people to take responsibility and initiative.
The Group’s ownership structure – with every employee owning a stake in the company – reflects the trust in people that defines the Berndorf spirit. Teamwork between all levels has allowed the Group to pursue growth and develop into an innovative, profitable and financially strong enterprise.
Being profit-oriented also means being able to keep businesses sustainable and ready to meet the challenges ahead. This allows the Berndorf Group to live up to the responsibility it has to its people and to society, in keeping with its traditions over 170 years of industrial operations.
"We want to give something back to Berndorf employees, who put their heart and soul into working for the company on a daily basis. And, step by step, we also want to fulfill our responsibilities outside the Berndorf Group by doing our part for the future of our society."
Norbert Zimmermann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Berndorf AG
Within the Berndorf Group, the foundation promotes innovation in Group companies, including sponsoring the Group-wide Innovation Kaiser competition, which honours the most innovative project teams from among the Berndorf subsidiaries each year.
Externally, education is a priority. Teach For Austria is the key project supported by the foundation in this field. An independent, non-profit education initiative, Teach For Austria aims to give educationally disadvantaged children and teenagers a brighter future. Within the project top-university graduates from various fields of study get the possibility to engage themselves as teachers for a duration of 2 years at local Austrian schools.
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stoba Precizni Technika s.r.o. / CZ
American Spring Wire Corp. / USA (Joint Venture)
Taking over the business segment of textured steel belts and press plates from Sandvik for Berndorf Band / AUT and Hueck Group / GER
Acquisition of Venturetec Mechatronics
Acquisition of Bosio
Participation in stoba Präzisionstechnik
New board of directors at Berndorf AG, Norbert Zimmermann becomes chairman of the supervisory board
Acquisitions of HASCO, SAFED and Rheinische Press Pad
Joint venture of Lumpi-Berndorf Draht- und Seilwerk
Capital increase of Schoeller-Bleckmann and reduction of shares to 31%
Cooperation between Berndorf Band and Hueck Engraving
Acquisition of Aichelin, flotation of Schoeller-Bleckmann on EASDAQ in Brussels, Participation in Joh. Pengg
Acquisition of Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilﬁeld Equipment (SBO)
Participation in PC Electric
Participation in Silica Verfahrenstechnik
Management buy-out by nine-member management team around Norbert Zimmermann