Our Company History

 Our company history began in March of 1937, when Johann Pomberger was born in Stambach, Bad Goisern. He visited the local elementary and middle school for 4 years each.


Johann in middle school

Der musikalische Johann

The musical Johann



In November of 1952 Johann Pomberger began an apprenticeship as an iron turner at the “OPTOS – Optische Erzeugung GmbH”, in the nearby town called Bad Ischl.

He finished is training on November 10th of 1955. Through this education, he gained insight into the world of optics at quite a young age.

Johann worked as a turner until February of 1958 at the “Ignaz Huber Landmaschinenhandel und Reparatur-Werkstätte”.

Afterwards, he decided to follow his fathers footsteps and proceeded to start working at the Österreichischen Bundesbahn (Austrian Federal Railways).


Johann in jungen Jahren

Johann in younger years

Eleonore & Johann Pomberger

Eleonore & Johann Pomberger



On June 6th of 1959, Johann married his beloved Eleonore. Together they had 5 children: Hans Peter, Gerhard, Elisabeth, Michaela and Daniel Pomberger. The family continued to live in Bad Goisern. Besides family, this time also brought professionally change, since Johann started working at “OPTOS GmbH” again, the same company where he had completed his apprenticeship. In the years 1978 and -79 he completed an additional education as industrial foreman, with a special focus on mechanical engineering. Before he left the “OPTOS” company, he was working as factory manager – an important role, which should prepare him for his future.
Johann started his own business in the trade of “manufacturing and processing of optical frames”. In the beginning, the company was located in Bad Ischl, but shortly after moved to the known address at the Hallstättersee (Lake Hallstatt) – Au 131, 4822 Bad Goisern.

At the beginning, the company mainly manufactured acetate frames for the Austrian regional medical insurance company – models like “F3” and “Sylt” would be produced millions of times in the years to come.


Der Hallstättersee

Lake Hallstatt

5-Achsen CNC Maschine




As engineer, Johann valued technical advancements and new innovations. This showed especially through the investment in one of the first ten 5-axis-cnc-mills that were ever produced in Europe.

Still, he cared just as much about the beautiful Salzkammergut region and its people: Moving the company to another location or even another country was never an option.

To create enough work and to utilize the new production capacity, the “Johann von Goisern” brand was also created in this time period. The brand name combines the first name of the company founder “Johann” and its location “[Bad] Goisern“. Then and now, Johann von Goisern stands for unique design and exceptional quality.

When Johann transfered the management to his oldest son Hans Peter in 1997, the family company already counted 22 employees.

Long after his retirement Johann lovingly cared about the wellbeing of the company and its employees. However, he respected Hans Peters fresh enthusiasm as well as his design skills.


 Johann, Hans-Peter & Jürgen Pomberger

f.r.t.l.: Johann, Hans-Peter & Jürgen Pomberger

Sei Personal Bravo 1220 Laser

Sei Personal Bravo 1220 Laser


In order to fill the rising demand for display- and decorationmaterial, we invested in our own CO²-laser station. While mainly used for cutting acryl glass, we found many other uses for it over the years, e.g. cutting and engraving wood pieces.
Our ever growing need for storage space was compensated with an expansion of the south side. This new building is lovingly nicknamed “The galery“, housing bigger and not as easy to store items like show furniture, etc.


Zubau Galerie

Construction of the “galery”

Johann von Goisern

Johann von Goisern


Since the founding of our company we have always split our production: On the one hand we designed and manufactured our own products, under the names “Pomberger Austria”, “Goi-Sun”, “Johann von Goisern”, etc., on the other hand we fulfilled manufacturing contracs with other, bigger and international frame- and design labels.

Soon we realized, that we have to choose one of these paths eventually. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been impossible to specialize and grow our company further. After many years of careful planning, we finally made this decision in 2010: The answer was Johann von Goisern!

Although the switch to 100% self-designed products bears some risk to this day, our decision was soon rewarded with the international success of our collection.

After more than 10 years of laser-ownership we upgraded: Our new Sei Personal Bravo 1520 CO²-laser station is mainly used to produce our own Johann von Goisern display- and decorationmaterial.

Additionally, we sometimes provide custom-made-products, especially for regular customers based in the region.


Sei Personal Bravo 1520 Laser Anlieferung

Delivery of the Sei Personal Bravo 1520 Laser

Anbau Servicezentrale

Construction of the service centre


Better service doesn’t just come from nothing – to house our new office employees we expanded the shipping and service area to make room for your new Service Centre. Now our customer service finally had a home!

In the same year we also expanded our parking lot with carports and provided our company building with fresh paint.

With October 2015 “Hans Peter Pomberger e.U.” was transformed into “POMBERGER Goisern GmbH“. Now Hans Peter Pomberger and his son Jürgen Pomberger function as CEOs.

This also meant that our family owned company now spans three generations, which brought new ideas and energy in the marketing and sales department, and benefitted our whole product range in Austria, as well as internationally.


Unser Firmengebäude

Our company building