1978 – 2000

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From the golden 1980s to the millennium crisis

Postmodernity in the office

The economic success of the office furniture manufacturer reaches new dimensions. At the beginning of the 1970, sales grew by around 22 per cent. Revenues, which added up to 90 million shilling in the year 1970, increased to 516 million shilling in 1999. Simultaneously, the number of employees rose from 261 people (1971) to 413 (1995). However, this was followed by a drop in employee numbers to 360 in the year 2000.

At the end of the 1970s, the first EDV work places found its way into the catalogue, at that time titled “screen work places”. In addition, completely new product areas developed, such as bench facilities (1981) or the “Neudoerfler hospital wall” (1983), which was included in the programme on the occasion of the furbishing of the new building of Wiener Neustadt’s hospital.

Since the mid-1990s, new product lines with well-sounding names such as “Tangenta” or “Kursiva” were introduced, but the big success failed to materialize, so that at the beginning of the millennium, another relaunch was conducted. With the label “MARK” and the line “Markon von Neudörfler”, a new management programme was introduced. Besides, the “Uni-Systems” (for conference and seminar rooms, hotels, schools and libraries), whose table “Uni-Work” was honoured with multiple awards, such as the “Red Dot Design Award”, which is one of the most-recognised prizes, in the year 2000. The new standard programme “Motiva” was introduced in 2001.

A legend says goodbye!

Up to the year 1995, founder Karl Markon acted as CEO of the company. It was only at the age of 90, that he cleared the field for the next generation, his daughter Monika Klettenhammer-Markon and son-in-law Gerhard Klettenhammer, which had both already accompanied Markon as manager, but with which the relationship was flawed.

On June 11th 2000, the “old school gentleman”, which had already become a post-wartime legend of Burgenland, if not Austria, passed away. He was honoured for his services, amongst others, with the “Goldenen Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich” (1966) and the “Ehrenbürgerschaft der Marktgemeinde Neudörfl (1975).

The withdrawal of Karl Markon, without doubt, marked the end of an era, which was especially characterised by a feeling of togetherness that connected him and his employees (from apprentice to pensioner) as a big family.

 

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