History of the Pörner Group

1972 the Pörner Group was founded as a three-men engineering office for piping design. Today the group has a workforce of about 500.

"If we weren't an excellent engineering company, we would have been blown away by the market's wind long ago."

Kurt Thomas Pörner, founder of the enterprise    


2016: 25 years of EDL Anlagenbau Gesellschaft

In September 2016 EDL celebrated its 25th company anniversary. Since its start EDL has evolved into an internationally recognized plant engineering company. 

The anniversary brochure „25 years EDL“ does not only describes recent project highlights, but also the comprehensive technology portfolio to produce high-quality products such as base oils, waxes and lubricants. Further information about EDL technologies can be taken here and from the EDL brochure, page 6 ff.


2016: Foundation of OOO "Pörner Group Russia"

OOO "Pörner Group Russia” was established in March 2016, thus expanding the Pörner network of independent subsidiaries.

Back in autumn 2014 a Pörner representative office was opened in Moscow. With the transformation toOOO "Pörner Group Russia"the branch is now legally authorized to enter into contracts and independently manage projects in Russia. OOO "Pörner Group Russia" combines the CIS activities of all Pörner companies, has a local presence for stakeholders and facilitates the direct communication with our Russian customers. 

2015: State Award & Anlagenbau 4.0

Pörner wins with the project "Clean Air for Siberia: Planning a desulfurization plant for Norilsk Nickel" the nomination for the Austrian State Award for Consulting 2015. The three-year, internationally acclaimed mega project, containing 25 sub plants was headed by Pörner and contributes significantly to the environmental protection of the entire Arctic Circle. 

Pörner developed its own modern concept "Anlagenbau 4.0" for the best possible project realisation, as well as providing the "Plant 4.0" with the highest possible efficiency, today and in the future. 

2014: Opening of Representative Office Moscow

In the fall of 2014, a representative office in Moscow was opened. The premises in Moscow serves as a conference location and facilitates the supervision of Pörner’s Russian customers. A highly qualified team is now available, on site, as a competent partner for our customers.

2012: 40 years Pörner Group - The year of the company anniversaries

In 2012 the Group celebrates its 40th anniversary. It all began with a 3-men office founded in 1972 that is now a globally operating large-scale process plant engineering company that undertakes projects worth 100m EUR and more.  

2012 is the year of three anniversaries for the Pörner Group. Pörner Grimma and Pörner Kundl can each look back to 20 years of existence – an event celebrated by adequate events.

We would like to thank our customers and partners for their trust and our employees for their great personal commitment.

2011: 20 years EDL

On September 1st 2011 EDL Anlagenbau Gesellschaft celebrated with a boat trip on the river Elbe its 20th Company Anniversary. As an EPC contractor for refineries, the chemical, petrochemical and gas industry EDL focuses on process engineering and has a specific process know-how when it comes to refineries, luboils and selected areas of the chemical industry.   

2008: Pörner Linz nominated for the Austrian State Prize for Consulting

The Start-up of the industrial catalysts production plant in Qatar was the last step for the handover from Pörner Linz as general planer to the client Süd-Chemie AG. The industrial plant was designed without a pilot plant as interim step, which means the project was developed from Pre-Basic status to a complete functional, 1.000 TPA production plant. A planning procedure from “0 to 100”.

For this performance, Pörner Linz was honored with the nomination for the Austrian State Prize for Consulting 2008.  

2008: Pörner Group with Biturox® No. 1 in bitumen oxidation technology

Pörner´s 35th Biturox® plant with the world’s most modern environmental technology started in Cochin, India for Kochi Refinery LTD. in 2007.   

Most of today´s leading oil companies operate a Biturox® plant. Thereby the company has become the No. 1 in bitumen oxidation technology worldwide. Given the rising demand for low sulphur fuel, several new plants have been built in the last ten years. The Biturox® process allows the production of high quality bitumen for streets and industrial bitumen even out of asphalt-poor residues, typically known to be useless for bitumen production.

2007: Bioethanol in Austria - record-breaking

In 2007 the Pörner Group successfully concluded one of the biggest contracts in the firm’s history: the general planning of a bioethanol plant in Pischelsdorf, Austria. The investment volume was EUR 127.4 million and is thereby the biggest industrial plant in Austria in the area of renewable energies.

Since the project preparation and realization was in sole Pörner responsibility, the governmental approval procedure could be reached in an record-breaking time of 7 months and the plant construction fulfilled in further 15 months, according to the strict schedule.

On October 23rd, 2012 the Pörner Group was honored with a nomination for the Austrian State Prize for Consulting for this exceptional achievement.

2006: Pörner Romania is founded

With the founding of "S.C. Poerner Engineering S.R.L." in November 2006 the Pörner Group does now have a new subsidiary in Bucharest and Ploesti. This implies a consolidation of flexible, medium-sized companies with a low cost structure. Engineering services with focus in process engineering will therefore be provided locally in Romania.

Currently more than 45 employees join the team that originally started as a 3-man one. Framework agreements and follow up contracts testify the high quality of their performance.

2005: Gazintek - Welcome on board

On July 1st, the Pörner Group acquired 70% of the shares of the Ukrainian engineering company Gazintek from Tecnimont- subsidiary´s Sofregaz. Since its foundation in 1991, Gazintek has mainly been working for Western European clients. The 45 specialists and engineers master the western working norms and regulations, as well as Ukrainian and Russian norms, such as GOST, and are able to work multilingual in English, Russian and Ukrainian.

Since the beginning they specialized in plant design of LPG tankers and terminals for LPG and oil, complete pipelines and gas stations. Under the guidance of the new owners, Gazintek focused on the Russian speaking countries, in which enormous investment have been made over the last years. They also cooperated in several projects within the Pörner Group. 

2005: Der BituBag - Die Weltneuheit

Im November 2005 wird die Pörner Gruppe mit dem Staatspreis für Consulting für das von Pörner entwickelte BituBag-System geehrt. Das System eröffnet erstmals die Möglichkeit, Bitumen in großen Mengen auf konventionellen Wegen ohne aufwändige Spezialausrüstung im kalten Zustand zu transportieren und auch zu lagern. Damit werden gegenüber der Verwendung von Metallfässern die Verpackungskosten erheblich reduziert.

Weitere Preise wie der Merkur Preis 2005 und der Export Preis 2006 folgten und verhalfen der Weltinnovation zu einem guten Start für die Eroberung des Weltmarktes. 

2003: EDL Anlagebau Gesellschaft in Leipzig becomes Pörners prestigious subsidiary

A new chapter began in Pörner´s company history: after long and fair negotiations, the Pörner Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH took over 100% of the shares of EDL Anlagenbau Gesellschaft mbH from RWE Solutions AG.

Until 2001, the company based in Leipzig belonged to the Tessag Edeleanu GmbH and employed 100 engineers and professionals specialized in designing refineries, chemical and petrochemical plants. With acquisition of EDL the Pörner Group has grown to a staff strength of 280 employees, which equals 45.000 engineering hours per annum.  

This way the EDL as mid-size company has managed to become an active player with a strong process engineering not only in Germany, but also in Austria and Eastern Europe.  

2003: Pörner Grimma Technology Center for formalin

Since 2003 the Pörner subsidiary in Grimma has become the Technology Center for formalin and its derivates within the Pörner Group. In collaboration with renowned European licensors and know-how partners Pörner Grimma provides all services for the engineering and construction of plants of this product family (formalin, UFC, paraformaldehyde, hexamine, UF, MUF, MF, PF resins, novolak  and bakelites, acetaldehydes, pentaerythritol, polyester and alkyd resins) as EPC contractor. In the last few years plants were built in Hungary, Germany, Russia, USA, Canada and successfully put into operation.

1996: Neues Management

1996 zog sich der Firmengründer K.Th. Pörner aus dem aktiven Geschäft zurück. Ein neues Management um Andreas Pörner und Peter Schlossnikel wurde etabliert, welches seither die Leitung der Pörner Ingenieurgesellschaft inne hat. 


1992: subsidiary in Tyrol for pharmacy and industrial building services

Since 1992 several project regarding pharmaceutical plant engineering, energy supply and industrial building services had been developed by Pörner Linz for companies in the Tyrolean area. The constant workflow was the reason for the creation of an independent subsidiary in Kundl, Tyrol.

Next to the planning of plants and systems, the team soon took over the area of qualification and validation according to FDA-standards in SANDOZ (originally Biochemie Kundl). Its competence constructing pilot facilities and small-scale production plants, clean-room systems and plant certifications makes Pörner Kundl the competence center for pharmaceutical plants and industrial building services within the Pörner Group.

1992: Going international- Pörner opens its first foreign subsidiary  

This first step over the border is a big one in the company´s expansion plan. The new office in Eastern Germany was founded as the German Pörner Ingenieurgesellschaft on January 30st, 1992 in the Saxon district town of Grimma, place of the former headquarters of the eastern "Anlagebaukombinat". An office building was adapted for the purpose and in record time, a team of specialist was providing the full branch of engineering services after the political change. The structure of the new company was designed like the parent company in Vienna.

In the joint venture "Tecnimont-Pörner Ingenieurgesellschaft" (TPI) with the Italian plant constructor Tecnimont, the office in Grimma was in charge of the general planning of several major projects, such as a hydrogen peroxide-plant in Bitterfeld and the starch plant Barbie for CRESTAR.

1991: Pörner awards the Austrian National Price for Consulting

In the nineties Pörner realized several fore-running environmental projects such as waste incineration plants and optimization of sewage treatment plants. In 1991, the innovative skills of the Pörner engineers were rewarded by the most desired award for engineering companies: Pörner won the Austrian National Price for Consulting for the general planning of an integrated water treatment unit including waste water evaporation, fluidized bed incinerator and power station for Funder Industries in St Veit/Glan, Austria.

1987: Civil engineering bureau Pörner+Partner

The product range of the independent engineering company was amplified by adding a department for civil engineering called "Pörner & Partner ZT GmbH".

With this new enterprise focused on the design and execution of the constructive matters of plant construction, the company was able to consolidate its foundations and set architectonical emphases. In 1987 Pörner Ingenieurgesellschaft was awarded the national distinction of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce.

1978: a golden chance by hitting the mark

At the beginning of the 70ies, the OMV offered K.Th. Pörner the commercialization of the newly developed Biturox-technology for production of quality bitumen beyond Austrian borders. A cooperation agreement was signed. 1978 they were able to sell the first Biturox license to Mobil Wörth in Germany. Within a short period of time, it became clear that this technology represented a niche technology that Pörner could exploit, since it was a product of global demand.

1975: Expansion- the first subsidiary in Linz

In 1975 Pörner Technical Bureau grew by opening a subsidiary in Linz and turned into a private limited company in 1979. The bureau in Linz was principally a planning partner for the locally based Austrian nationalized companies (VÖEST and "Linzer Stickstoffwerke" back then).

By now 35 specialists realize complex Austrian and international engineering projects independently in the steel and chemical industry.

1972: The beginning

Ing. Kurt Thomas PÖRNER started as a young engineer at OMV until he moved to Germany in 1961 where he learned as a piping designer the complex art of planning and processing of refineries at major engineering companies like Lurgi und R.M. Parsons. After the petrol scare he returned to Austria and founded a "Technical Bureau" in Vienna in 1972, specialized in industrial piping.

Within the first 2 years complex planning work could be realized for refineries in Congo and Mauritania which meant an enormous commercial upswing for the small company.