History

Firmengründer und Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender Manfred Zollner

Milestones of Success

Five decades ago, Manfred Zollner laid the foundation for today's Zollner Elektronik AG. Since then, the company has developed into a corporate group with almost 10,500 employees worldwide.

  • 1965

    1965

    Manfred Zollner founds a store for electrical appliances with installation service in Zandt. Being very attached to his home town, he decides to start a company there. Back then, there were hardly any industrial companies in the rural region.

  • 1970

    1970

    The store becomes an electrotechnical factory. It’s also the starting point of coil manufacture at Zollner. The company provides work for nine people. In the beginning, there is only manual production.

  • 1975

    1975

    The business divisions mechanics and electroplating are added to the company’s portfolio. SEL, Siemens, Gossen and IBM are Zollner’s first customers. The company is now ten years old and continues to add new technologies.

  • 1980

    1980

    An electronics division is started. The company’s scope of services is expanded and now includes automatic coiling production as well as production and inspection of printed boards.

  • 1986

    1986

    A branch factory is founded in Lam. The number of employees rises to 686. Even back then, technological progress is typical for Zollner. In-house material purchasing and logistics are established.

  • 1988

    1988

    The plant in Untergschwandt is founded.

  • 1988

    1988

    The branch plant Vác (Hungary) is founded.

  • 1991

    1991

    Zollner expands the plant in Vác, Hungary.

  • 1991

    1991

    Another plant is added: Neukirchen. In the same year, Zollner co-founds the “Unternehmensverbund Mittelständischer Unternehmen Oberpfalz und Mittelfranken“, an association of regional mid-tier companies. It’s also the starting point of an in-house quality management system.

  • 1998

    1998

    The business unit „development research“ constitutes another milestone in Zollner’s history, ensuring access to the latest technology, added value and customer loyalty.

  • 1998

    1998

    1998 is also the founding year of the Altenmarkt I plant.

  • 2000

    2000

    At the turn of the millenium, the number of employees increases to 4,564. Another branch plant is founded: Altenmarkt II. Zollner co-founds the “Kompetenznetzwerk Mechatronik” (Mechatronics Competence Network).

  • 2001

    2001

    The company’s legal status is changed to Zollner Elektronik AG. The company is privately held. All shares are held by the Zollner family. The first Romanian Zollner plant is founded: Satu Mare.

  • 2002

    2002

    Zollner establishes a plant in Furth im Wald, Germany.

  • 2002

    2002

    Another plant is founded: Altenmarkt III, Germany

  • 2002

    2002

    Three new branch plants are established: Altenmarkt III, Furth im Wald and Szügy (Hungary). Zollner Elektronik AG now has 5,253 employees in three countries. Szügy establishes itself with a service portfolio in the area of mechanicals.

  • 2003

    2003

    Zollner Elektronik AG is not only committed to its responsibility towards the region of Cham. Year after year, the company invests time and energy in training young people. A training center is built to adequately support tomorrow’s employees.

  • 2004

    2004

    Taicang I is Zollner’s first plant in China and an answer to the customers’ growing demand for support in the Asian market. New constructions are added to the Zandt and Vác plants.

  • 2006

    2006

    Three plants are expanded: Furth im Wald, Untergschwandt and Satu Mare I (Romania). Furth im Wald and Untergschwandt are dedicated to electronics, Satu Mare has large-scale production of inductive components.

  • 2007

    2007

    Satu Mare II (business unit electronics) is founded. It’s Zollner’s second plant in Romania.

  • 2007

    2007

    A branch plant for producing inductive components is founded in Tunisia. It’s Zollner’s first site on the African continent.

  • 2008

    2008

    The plants in Zandt, Germany and Szügy, Hungary are expanded. In the meantime, almost 6,700 employees at 14 international locations work for the Zollner Group. The eight German plants are situated within a 30-kilometer radius (18.6 miles), making Zollner the biggest employer in the region of Cham.

  • 2009

    2009

    Zollner establishes a site in Sterling, VA, USA in partnership with EIT, creating mutually beneficial synergies. Zollner breaks into the US market and manages to build up a reputation.

  • 2010

    2010

    Zollner expands its headquarters in Zandt. Taicang II becomes the 15th plant in the Zollner Group. For the first time, the company has over 7,000 employees. Zollner is issued the IRIS certificate for railway technology.

  • 2011

    2011

    The Romanian plant Satu Mare II is expanded.

  • 2011

    2011

    Zollner establishes a US branch plant is built in Milpitas, California. By the end of 2011, Zollner Group has 7,959 employees, with more than half employed in Germany.

  • 2012

    2012

    Zollners invests in its headquarters in Zandt, Germany by building a cleanroom.

  • 2012

    2012

    Zollner enters the Guinness Book of Records by designing and constructing the largest four-legged walking robot.

  • 2013

    2013

    Zollner is expanding its skills by adding biochemistry to its portfolio. New solutions are realized at the new site in Hombrechtikon, Switzerland.

  • 2013

    2013

    Here's a 3D simulation of our brand-new site in Cartago, Costa Rica.

  • 2013

    2013

    The Zollner plants in Taicang, China, are newly constructed.

  • 2014

    2014

    The newly constructed Taicang plant is opened.

  • 2014

    2014

    Production starts at our new plant in Cartago, Costa Rica.

  • 2015

    2015

    Zollner increases its global sourcing opportunities by setting up an IPO (international purchasing office) in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong.

  • 2015

    2015

    To mark the occasion of our 50-year anniversary, our headquarters’ address was changed from Industriestrasse to Manfred-Zollner-Strasse.