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Anniversary: COPA-DATA is 30!

On September 1, 1987, Thomas Punzenberger founded Ing. Punzenberger COPA-DATA in Salzburg. Today, 30 years later, we are a company which boasts international success, with subsidiaries, distributors, partners and customers based all around the globe. Our vision from 1987 is just as relevant today as it was back then: “Make automation in industry a hands-on and enjoyable experience.”

Ever since the company was founded, we have been passionate about technology. By the end of the 1980s, the brothers Thomas and Alexander Punzenberger recognized the potential software systems offer to industry – and to the energy industry in particular.


“Right from the start, our aim was to develop automation software which was to be better and simpler than any other system on the market,” explains CEO, Thomas Punzenberger. “At that time, many advised us against establishing our system on the basis of Microsoft Windows, because this was not common practice in the industry. Our concept of “setting parameters instead of programming” was also met with a great deal of skepticism at the beginning. But our success proved us right. Both decisions have contributed significantly to our growth over the last 30 years.”


Software “made in Austria”


As a privately owned Austrian family business, we are independent of external investors and stock markets, and can therefore trade with flexibility, agility, and autonomy. Although we generate more than 90 percent of turnover through exports, our zenon software is developed exclusively at the company's headquarters in Salzburg. From here, the product is distributed via eleven subsidiaries, 16 distributors, and around 200 partner companies around the world.


With the 30 year anniversary fast approaching, it is fitting that we recently appointed a larger management team of three people at the beginning of the year. This will prepare us well for the future. In terms of both turnover, which stands at 31.4 million euros (2016), and number of employees, of which there are presently around 230 worldwide, we have set ourselves an ambitious course for growth over the next five years.


30 years of COPA-DATA: Learn more about the story of COPA-DATA's founders and its success in an exclusive interview with Thomas and Alexander Punzenberger.