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The company's founder , Karl Funder (* October 15, 1866, † October 10, 1943) acquired his first sawmill in 1890. In 1911 he expanded it to include a paper factory in Pöckstein and other sawmills. In 1943 Funder founded the first wood fiber board factory in St. Veit. The production of fibreboard started. Massive bombing raids by the Allies (the last one took place on March 21, 1945) completely destroyed the plant.
In 1951, Adolf Funder took over the wood fiber board plant founded in Glandorf in the 1940s.
In September 1952, fiberboard production was resumed. In October 1952 there was a fire disaster which destroyed the new plant. After the new reconstruction, production could be started again in May 1953. Fiber, hard fiber, corrugated, leather and tile panels were produced and used in apartments and in the furniture industry.
Adolf Funder was also very active as an investor in St.Veit an der Glan and in the Glandorf district (Carinthia) : He built apartments for his workers, generously financed the St.Veit indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and built and operated a culture - and event center, the "Funderhaus der Treffen", and acted as a generous sports patron who financed world-class footballers such as Lothar Emmerich and Franz Hasil for Carinthian football clubs. At the same time, however, he was criticized several times because he was one of the largest financiers of the National Socialist movement in the St. Veit district. A grant that enabled him to take over several Jewish companies.
Benefiting from the economic boom and millions in subsidies, the group of companies grew to 1,700 employees and a turnover of two billion schillings by 1976. The fall of the wood fiber cartel and strategic mistakes resulted in one of the greatest economic disasters in Carinthia. On March 2, 1981, the settlement procedure was opened over the company conglomerate with around two billion Schilling liabilities. Adolf Funder used his private assets in the settlement procedure to secure the continued existence of the Funder company.
With a coating company in the USA, Adolf Funder supplies the Funder Group, which has flourished again under the Turnauer Group since 1981.
Funder Industrie GmbH
The Funder industry had since 1981 held today Constantia-Iso Holding AG (then part of Constantia Industrieholding of Herbert Turnauer ). It operated three plants in St. Veit an der Glan, two plants in Kühnsdorf (municipality of Eberndorf) and a plant in Rudolstadt, Germany . The Kühnsdorf location was shut down at the end of January 2006 due to a lack of profitability.
On April 1, 2004 Funder Industrie GmbH became one of the most important through the parent company with Österreichische Homogenholz GmbH (location: Neudörfl ), the Austrian market leader in raw chipboard, and shortly afterwards with ISOMAX Dekorative Laminate AG, which was split off from Isovolta Österreichische Isolierstoffwerke AG global player in the field of decorative laminates, which resulted in the new name FunderMax . Funder alone had sales of € 118.18 million in 2003 with an export quota of 82% and employed 477 people.
In 2005, the entire FunderMax group including Sprela GmbH and the Rudolstadt location generated sales of € 293.5 million. 1270 people were employed. In 2006 sales increased to € 325.72 million with 1277 employees. In 2007, after the departure of Sprela GmbH and Falco AG, the FunderMax Group achieved sales of € 295.47 million with 1,100 employees. The export quota was 72% in 2007.
- In 2007 the EU Commission prevented a partial sale
The sale of part of the chipboard business of the Austrian Constantia Group (industrial family Turnauer) to the German Kronospan Holding, a company of the Austrian Kronospan Group (Peter Kaindl), could not go as planned. The merger control of the EU Commission saw an impairment of competition. The companies had to change the originally planned deal so that only two out of three companies go to Kronospan, namely Sprela GmbH in Germany and Falco AG in Hungary. FunderMax, with plants in Wiener Neudorf (Lower Austria), Neudörfl (Burgenland) and St.Veit an der Glan (Carinthia), will remain with Constantia. A sale to another competitor is not planned for the time being, as FunderMax has recently developed well, the group learned. According to the Commission, Kronospan undertook not to acquire FunderMax within a certain period of time. The sale of the group subsidiaries Falco AG and Sprela GmbH to the German Kronospan will be completed at the beginning of October 2007.
- The history:
Kronospan Germany had already signed a letter of intent with Constantia Holding in 2006 . Kronospan wanted to continue the coated chipboard sector for the furniture industry and specialist retailers. The raw chipboard production in Neudörfl, the coating in St. Veit ad Glan (Funder Werk 2) as well as the companies Sprela in Spremberg / Germany (laminates) and Falco in Hungary (raw chipboard, coating, postforming, cement-bonded chipboard) should change hands. The brand name FunderMax should have been retained. The Biofiber, Max Compact and Impregnated Papers divisions would have remained with Constantia Holding. The construction of a new building in St. Donat near the previous plant in St. Veit an der Glan in Carinthia was also under discussion .
FunderMax will now remain independent and will also be active in all markets that have been worked on up to now. The company wants to continue to operate successfully internationally in the future. An export quota of almost 80 percent recently confirms this company's course. FunderMax is a member of the International Committee of the Decorative Laminates Industry based in Brussels.
- PRO, FO 1007/398, Annexe II to Austria Report (Carinthia) No. 8 In: Stieber, Gabriela (Ed.): Consolidated Intelligence Reports. Psychological Warfare Branch Military Government Carinthia May 1945 to April 1946. Klagenfurt: 2005, p. 33
- Chipboard: Kronospan buys FunderMax new building , published on October 12, 2006
- Schramböck awards FunderMax GmbH with the 2018 State Corporate Quality Award . Article dated June 8, 2018, accessed June 8, 2018.