The Umdasch Story

The rise of a lit­tle join­ery in rur­al Aus­tria to become a world con­cern A jour­ney through 150 years of com­pa­ny and con­tem­po­rary his­to­ry.

Over the course of the past 150 years the lit­tle join­ery has become a world con­cern. The foun­da­tion stone was laid by Ste­fan Hopfer­wieser on 19 Feb­ru­ary 1868. The con­stant devel­op­ment of the busi­ness areas, the entry into new mar­kets and the con­tin­u­ous expan­sion of the ser­vice port­fo­lio began when Josef Umdasch joined the com­pa­ny in 1938. Josef Umdasch “rein­vent­ed” the com­pa­ny.

His daugh­ter Hilde Umdasch, who has been active in the com­pa­ny since 1967 and who has con­trolled its fate since 1990 togeth­er with her broth­er Alfred Umdasch, recalls: “My father was sec­ond to none when it came to arous­ing enthu­si­asm for his ideas in oth­er peo­ple and moti­vat­ing them. He suc­ceed­ed in fir­ing his employ­ees’ inspi­ra­tion and the results can often still be seen today.”

Like Ste­fan Hopfer­wieser, Josef Umdasch also wrote cor­po­rate his­to­ry in his own per­son­al way. We should like to describe the most impor­tant mile­stones here. Because in addi­tion to all the pio­neer work there were also many mov­ing moments…

The milestones on the way to a global concern

1868

Concession

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1873

The World’s Fair in Vienna

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1875

Space for growth: the old mill at Oberwörth

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1877 — 1898

Fast-moving and important years

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1938

Josef Umdasch: The begin of a new era

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1954

Ernst Röck enters the company stage

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1956

A major order with consequences

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1958

Doka is born

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1961

When Hopferwieser turned into Umdasch

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1966

The first Euroshop

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1967

Umdasch moves into research

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1971

The arrival of climbing formwork

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1972

America – here we come!

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1984

A department store for the sheikh with the diamonds

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1991

A Prize for Wood

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2001

Umdasch purchases Assmann Ladenbau

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2017

Doka Ventures – Stepping into the Future

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2018

150 Years Umdasch Group

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Impressions of 150 Years