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Corporate culture

Team spirit and personal responsibility play an equally important part in the corporate culture of the Pörner Group where generalists and specialists combine their efforts.


IIn times where big engineering firms are sold, fragmented or have to close their doors forever, Pörner has been able to double its capacity, turnover and revenues.


Our success is rooted in the diligence and skills of the Pörner engineers and our distinct engineering culture that is easier to experience in practice than to describe it by a few principles and guidelines


Modification of a Lao-Tse quote

  • a good business needs few targets
  • a good business needs few rules
  • a good business needs little control
  • a good business needs little hierarchy
  • because everyone knows what to do
  • everyone knows how to do the job
  • because all can rely on each other.


It is simply a pleasure to plan and design plants and  see the result of the efforts eight months later in full swing...

The Pörner Policy

Technology is a must for the modern global society. Pörner Group is committed to convert process technologies into efficient production plants.

  • innovatively and flexibly for the benefit of  customers wherever their location is
  • for the well-being of all people who need and appreciate high-quality products

In 40 years of engineering the following basic principles have stood the test of time and constitute the values of the enterprise:

1. With the power of the proactive employees  and project teams

Pörner appreciates and encourages those contributing self-confidently and responsibly their power, talent and experience and are ready to take up major challenges.   

Pörner is also aware that well integrated teams of competent engineers and specialists are the most important asset and can develop better ideas and solve complex tasks when working as a team.

2. Fractal Company Organisation

The group and its companies are supported by as many employees as possible who act in their area of competence on their own responsibility to the extent reasonable (in terms of budget, means and ways). It helps to maintain the medium-sized character and flexibility: internal hierarchies are flat and lines of decision taking short. Sales are supported by all  organizational units. Pörner provides the complete range of services for process plant engineering and construction. The organisational units ("fractals") are identical with the engineering disciplines and functions. All of them are considered equal and treated equally as part of the whole.

3. Project-oriented work style - Matrix organisation

Pörner works project-oriented. For each project (whether small or big) a project manager is appointed taking the function of "executive director on limited appointment". The project manager is in charge of the communication with the client, project control (resource planning, work flow, cost control) and the coordination of all disciplines. The engineering departments execute the work, are responsible for the organisation of work, discipline at work, equipment used, training, standardization, quality of the work performed by its own team.  This kind of matrix organisation adequately takes into account both economic and organisational aspects as well as technical and quality issues.

4. Technology Orientation

Pörner has always a say when it comes to developing new technologies required globally and contributes its experience of international projects.

World Leader in Niche Technologies

As a mid-size business Pörner wants to provide the best and most economical process technologies for selected applications. This has already been achieved in the areas of bitumen and formaldehyde . More selected process technologies will follow.

Competence Center in Process Engineering

Pörner is constantly enhancing its process competence within the network of process development and design for the refinery and chemical sectors.

5. Continual expansion into new markets and new areas of activities in plant engineering

Pörner will continue to pursue a policy of natural, sustained expansion into new technological, cultural and geographic areas:  By incorporating local specialized engineering companies in the network as peer members with defined execution rules and quality standards the capabilities of this network will be enhanced.  It paves the way for a fruitful exchange of ideas, relationships and cultures, and the specific needs of each of our customers can be met.

6. Permanent co-operation on a basis of trust

Pörner wants to provide its clients maximum benefits in process engineering:  

  • competence in process design
  • professional project execution from pre-engineering through to start-up
  • experience and innovation in all engineering disciplines
  • application of proven standards and advanced  tools
  • global sourcing of equipment, materials and services
  • transparency, cost efficiency and flexibility in contracting

Our Guiding Principles

  1. Trust and satisfaction result in a long-lasting co-operation
    We want to win our customers' confidence in our productivity and preserve this satisfaction by excellent engineering solutions.

  2. Our work: an inspiring part of our live
    As creative and reliable engineers we give our best in planning and executing projects entrusted to us because we consider our work and its appreciation a major part of our live. 

  3. World leadership through knowledge and innovation
    We are committed to life-long learning and invest into the future by innovations to keep this engineering firm in the fore in terms of efficiency and technology.

  4. Good money for good work
    We see ourselves as a company that maximizes the customer's productivity and profit by high-quality services. Accordingly, we work and act profit-orientated. We undertake no project, however, that might be harmful to humans and the environment.

  5. Team spirit and brain trust
    We respect and appreciate the willingness and commitment, the knowledge and experience of each individual employee as our most valuable asset. Teamwork multiplies our potential. Therefore, we put together a team of the brightest minds for every single project who is able to solve optimally the tasks at hand.

  6. Co-operation
    We are open to technological and strategic alliances with our Austrian and international customers, know- how partners and suppliers. Technological partnerships and international co-operation are to enhance the outcome of our work.

  7. Quality
    We execute the projects entrusted to us by applying the most advanced techniques in accordance with internationally approved rules of execution and maintain this way a high quality of our work.