Celebrating the future since 1932

We always had an eye on innovations. Due to our pioneering spirit, we’ve constantly grown and evolved – from a small workshop to a crane manufacturer and ultimately to the leading provider of innovative lifting solutions. We’ve pushed boundaries for generations, have successfully reinvented ourselves and have set standards worldwide. We are celebrating the future since 1932.

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90 Years of PALFINGER

This year, we are celebrating our 90th anniversary. 90 years of growth, change, and prosperity. A remarkable success story. Filled with pride, we are looking back on what we have achieved together with our partners, customers, and employees.

Since 1932, we have evolved from a small Austrian workshop to a global player. Not only have we mastered every challenge that came our way, but we have always emerged even stronger.

Our deep-rooted pioneering spirit has made us who we are today: The world's leading provider of innovative lifting solutions. A testimony to our joint success, dedicated to all who have made this possible.

To move ahead, we are breaking new ground, as our customers and partners are facing new, increasingly complex challenges. Challenges we want to address - for them, but more importantly, with them.

Honoring the past, appreciating the present, but being prepared to reach anything tomorrow.

Oral Histories and Success Stories

Our witness interviews put the spotlight on exactly those people and give them the possibility to share their very own "PALFINGER success story".

Longstanding and reliable partners have been one of our cornerstones. We spoke with Natasa and Andrej Rustja, owners of the Croatian company PK d.o.o.

Gunther Fleck
Vice President Sales and Service Marine

"At PALFINGER MARINE, we are proud to have contributed substantially to the PALFINGER's 90-year success story. In fact, the design of our very first marine crane in 1992 has opened up a completely different, global world. Over the last 30 years, PALFINGER MARINE has prospered beautifully, and we are very excited about the future challenges at sea."

Rupert Reischl

Rupert Reischl has been with PALFINGER since 1983. He has not only experienced quite a lot during this time but also developed a strong bond with the company. But listen for yourself!

Christa Metz

Christa Metz, Inbound Product Manager Vehicle Integration, was one of the first women in a technical profession at PALFINGER 20 years ago. She told us more about her fascinating career at PALFINGER.

Walter Bliem

Walter Bliem has been part of PALFINGER since 1992 and has experienced quite a bit in his thirty years with the company.

Anton Graf

Anton Graf worked for PALFINGER in the areas of administration, human resources, and payroll from 1976 to 2011.

At a glance

PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world's leading producer and provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions.

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1.84

Billion EUR Sales Revenue

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11,733

Workforce in 2021 

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5000

Service Points 

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31

Manufacturing and Assembly Locations 

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90

Years of Experience

1932

The beginning of the story.

Richard Palfinger establishes a small workshop for agricultural trailers, tippers and vehicle bodies.

1959

Laying the foundations for a new era.

PALFINGER constructs its first crane and Hubert Palfinger introduces hydraulic truck-mounted loader cranes.

1984

Growth necessitates expansion.

PALFINGER inaugurates a brand-new manufacturing and assembly site in Lengau, Austria.

1988

The family grows.

EPSILON Timber & Recycling, founded in 1980, joins the PALFINGER family and enriches the high-tech, innovative portfolio.

1992

The sea beckons.

PALFINGER manufactures its first marine crane in Köstendorf, Austria, before relocating the division to an independent plant in Croatia in 2000.

1996

The portfolio broadens.

PALFINGER creates a new product group by manufacturing the first Palift hookloaders, a development project launched in 1994.

1999

Ringing the bell.

PALFINGER lists on the stock exchange in June to gain access to the international capital market for accelerated growth.

2008

Because our planet matters.

PALFINGER takes the first steps towards sustainable products by developing its first fully electric tail lift.

2013

Generational change within the Palfinger family.

Ing. Hubert Palfinger is elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PALFINGER AG and Ing. Mag. Hannes Palfinger is elected Deputy Chairman.

2020

Digitalization marches on.

PALFINGER Connected introduces telematics to the Paldesk platform – Fleet Monitor, Operator Monitor, and Service Cockpit make PALFINGER’s customers’ lives easier.

2030

PALFINGER is starting the next chapter in its 90-year company history.

The “Vision & Strategy 2030” transformation process sees PALFINGER actively aligning its corporate strategy with the future and driving forward sustainable changes.

Reach us here:

With PALFINGER you can #REACHANYTHING: As a driver of innovation in the field of Lifting Solutions. In keeping with this motto, PALFINGER will showcase the latest developments and innovations.

IAA Transportation 20th – 25th September 2022 | Hanover Fair

Beyond Transport & Logistics – IAA

TRANSPORTATION 2022

Bauma 24th – 30th October Messe München

33rd World's Leading Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment