Brothers expecting boost to fortunes for successful family run firm
Austrian firm Pottinger recently held an open day at their factory in Grieskirchen, Austria. Hundreds attended this relaxed event where the firm displayed their wares on-site at the factory and in-field. A large contingent from Ireland travelled to the event as guests of Irish importers T Traynor and Sons Ltd.
Established in 1871, Pottinger is still a family owned and run business.
Since 1991, brothers Klaus and Heinz Pottinger have been managing directors at the firm, which has nearly 1,200 employees and a turnover of €182m.
Addressing the crowd at the Pottinger International Day, the brothers were very upbeat about the current state of agriculture and the effects it was having on the growth of the Pottinger machinery business after a couple of bad years.
Klaus Pottinger said: "Pottinger has always been convinced of the importance of agriculture. Food and energy will always be in demand -- after all, the increasing world population needs to be nourished sufficiently in future and energy supplies need to be ensured.
"Consequently, there remains huge potential for agriculture and for Pottinger."
According to his brother Heinz: "The Pottinger company grew 17pc a year every year from 2001 to 2008."
Then came the downturn. "We are flexible enough in Pottinger to adapt and withstand the changes," added Heinz, quoting the motto, 'We will grow again'.