PMS building Austria’s most advanced switchgear manufacturing centre and creating 80 new jobs

PMS Elektro- und Automationstechnik GmbH is investing 11.5 million euros at its site in St. Stefan to create Austria’s most advanced switchgear manufacturing centre. Deputy State Governor and workplace and technology advisor Gaby Schaunig attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the new production hall, offices and social areas on 25 February 2019. The new 10,800 m² facility will focus primarily on Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, and will create around 80 new jobs. It is scheduled to be complete by August 2019. 

“I send my heartfelt congratulations and express my gratitude to this Carinthian business, which is an international market ‘bestseller’ with operations and partnerships around the world yet continues to create jobs in our region”, said Schaunig, who made explicit reference to the PMS success formula: “Staff with the very best training, high quality and innovation from initial design and planning through to project delivery and state-of-the-art equipment – the PMS standards don’t just explain the company’s previous success, they also promise a bright future”.

With over 300 employees, PMS is an innovative and quality-focused business which provides all-round system solutions for electrical, measurement, control and feedback control technology applications. It aims to simplify interfaces between man and machine and give customers transparency in their complex control processes. In every project, the PMS experts guide and support their customers from start to finish: from planning and project management, to engineering, to system assembly and commissioning.

Partnerships are a key asset for PMS, whether it’s through the Supplier Development Programme launched by the Carinthian regional government or the relationship with the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences: PMS and the university are establishing a course combining professional training with academic degree studies in order to offer bright career prospects for talented young people in the Lower Carinthia / Lavanttal region. This year sees the launch of the first “Systems Engineering” course run in part at the PMS site. “There are various aspects to location marketing, and investing in infrastructure and training opportunities for young people is one of the most sensible and effective ways to promote our region – especially when our aim is to stem the flow of people moving away”, said Schaunig.

Anyone interested in this course is invited by PMS and the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences to attend information evenings, which will be held at 6pm on 20 March in the ceremonial hall of the Wolfsberg Economic Chamber and at 6pm on 26 March in the PMS offices. More information about these events and about the course can be found on the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences website.