how it began
30 years ginzinger electronic systems
In 2021, Ginzinger electronic systems celebrates its 30th anniversary. Time to pause for a moment and take a look back at the beginnings.
Herbert, how did everything start back then?
Herbert Ginzinger: After graduating from HTL in 1979, I worked in a small engineering office, then for a few years as an order processor at a company that manufactured components for automotive and consumer electronics. There I learned a lot about plastic injection molding, stamping technology and about serial production with high volumes. In 1986 I started working as a hardware developer at Wintersteiger AG in Ried/Innkreis. In 1991 I decided to become self-employed and founded "Ginzinger Engineering". Starting at my home in the garage with my wife, the first employees soon joined us and space became scarce. In 1995, we moved to Weng im Innkreis into a former "Kroamerei", and gradually rented other premises and buildings in the town, until in 2007 we erected the company building in the industrial park in Weng.
Why did you become an entrepreneur?
Herbert Ginzinger: I can't describe it logically, it's a strong inner force that drives you to do it. But I still don't know exactly *laughs*. The fact is, I already had a great affinity for electronics development at the HTL. I think my parents' self-employment also contributed to my decision to take this path.
2020 was the most successful business year so far. Did you believe back then that the company would develop the way it is now?
Herbert Ginzinger: Yes. I always believed in that. The tendency to grow has always been there and is still unbroken. I am not proud. "Stupidity and pride grow on the same wood," goes the saying. But I am glad that everything has developed the way it is now, that more decisions were right than wrong. There is always a portion of luck involved. Luck in being able to do things that interest you, and luck in meeting others who also enjoy doing what they do. Then you can achieve a lot together.
You are working on the gradual handover of the company to your daughter Tanja and to Michael Berger. You will also remain managing director for the time being. When do you retire?
Herbert Ginzinger: The official entry in the company register with Tanja, Michael and me as managing directors took place in the first quarter of 2021. The next steps are the continuous handover of responsibility in the individual areas so that Tanja and Michael grow into their tasks. I am happy to accompany them in this process for as long as I can make a meaningful contribution. There will not be a fixed date on which I say "and goodbye". Retirement is NOT a life goal for me and a complete retirement is hard to imagine at the moment *grins*.
What change can customers expect as a result of the expansion of the management team?
Herbert Ginzinger: The company remains owner-managed, but the responsibilities are now distributed among several people. Tanja will take over administration, development, sales and quality management. Michael will be responsible for production, purchasing and quality assurance.
What exciting topics will you have to successfully master in the near future?
Herbert Ginzinger: We are expanding our production at the main site in Weng in 2021 in order to have even better possibilities in the EMS area and to further increase the degree of automation. Planning for the expansion is already underway. After the construction negotiations have been completed, we will start: 1800 m2 will be added as a total area, half of which will be used for development. It will move from the Altheim site back to
Weng. Due to the construction work, we will also postpone our 30th anniversary celebration to 2022.
Dear Herbert, thank you for the interview!