The company structure of Pankl Racing Systems consists of three main divisions:
Racing, Aerospace and High Performance.
The Racing segment has been established in 1985 producing conrods for the motorsports industry. Nowadays the Racing division is a leading supplier for engine and drivetrain components and -systems for the racing market.
The experience of the Aerospace division goes back to the year 1994 when the first tailrotor driveshaft has been produced. Today Pankl Aerospace Systems is a tier one supplier within the global aerospace market.
The High Performance segment is specialised in the production of engine and drivetrain components for luxury vehicles and has been successively expanded in the last few years.
What we are going to achieve
We strive to be the world’s leading supplier of systems to the motor racing, luxury automobiles and the aviation industry. Systems from Pankl should feature in every upmarket racing and luxury vehicle as well as in all aircraft built by the most important manufacturers. Our goal is to be a leading innovator within all our business and corporate fields when we launch new products and materials.
Why we do this
We share our customers’ passionate desire to come out on top. We want to make the best of ourselves and do our utmost to ensure that our systems are made with the highest levels of quality. The resultant success promotes the prosperity of our customers, staff, investors and the society we live and work in.
We act in the belief that our faithful employees represent our most valuable asset.
We create a performance-driven environment and want to attract loyal and creative people. We admire and encourage professional and character training of our employees.
We want to make a difference and strive for permanent improvement. This is why we need energetic, highly motivated staff with a passion for technology looking for a daily challenge.
We offer international career opportunities, on the job training as well as job rotation in our companies. Team building is a priority at Pankl and is promoted by several social events.
We develop and manufacture leading technical systems. We act based on state-of-the-art findings. We support the realization of new ideas. We ensure our techno¬logical advantage through intensive research.
We aspire to be the fastest in all areas of our business. We want to make a difference and are prepared for improvements. We identify the possibilities in our business field and set according actions.
Quality means perfection in detail. We concentrate our energies on our customers’ needs. Quality means our efforts to maintain the confi-dence of our business partners and colleagues on a long-term basis.
Mag. Wolfgang Plasser, CEO
Wolfgang Plasser has joined the management board of Pankl Racing Systems AG in 2004 and has become CEO in 2006. He is responsible for the Aerospace Division.
End of current period of tenure: May 2027
Wolfgang Plasser is born in Upper Austria, 1962 and has studied commercial sciences. Important positions in his professional career are his functions at KPMG, at the Investment Bank Austria and as CFO at Vossen AG and finally at the Ocean Consulting GmbH. Wolfgang Plasser is a member of the Management Board of KTM Industries AG since June 2015.
Since June 12, 2018, Wolfgang Plasser is also the CEO of SHW AG in Aalen / D as well as the management board of Pierer Industrie AG and Pankl AG.
DI (FH) Christoph Prattes, COO
Christoph Prattes was appointed to the Management Board of Pankl Racing Systems AG from 1st August 2015. As COO he is responsible for the Racing and High Performance divisions.
End of current period of tenure: July 2025
Christoph Prattes was born in 1976 in Graz and started his career at the AVI-EVG-H&S group. After finishing his extra-occupational study he joined Pankl Racing Systems AG in 2004 as Managing Director in several subsidiaries.
DI Stefan Seidel, CTO
Stefan Seidel was appointed to the Management Board of Pankl Racing Systems AG from 1st August 2015. As CTO he is responsible for Sales as well as Research and Development for the Racing and High Performance divisions.
End of current period of tenure: July 2025
Stefan Seidel was born in 1976 in Graz, where he also finished his school education. After finishing his industrial engineer study at TU Graz he started his career at Pankl Drivetrain Systems. After a change-over to Alcoa, he returned to Pankl and was responsible for the Drivetrain division.
Mag. Thomas Karazmann, CFO
Thomas Karazmann was appointed to the Management Board of Pankl Racing Systems AG from 1st December 2018.
As CFO he will be in charge of Finance, Personnel, Legal and IT.
End of current period of tenure: November 2026
Mr. Karazmann was born in 1968 in Vienna and started his professional career in finance in 1993. From 1998 he was employed in key functions at two international tech firms, VA TECH and Siemens. Most recently, Mr. Karazmann acted as the CFO of VAMED AG.
Pankl is a global partner with production facilities in all strategically relevant markets such as Europe, the USA and China. The headquarter is in Austria where Pankl was founded in 1985.