Dr. Josef Theurer has passed away

It is with deep sadness that we regret to announce the passing of our company founder, Dr. Josef Theurer, on 19 March 2020. He passed away peacefully at the age of 91. Josef Theurer is survived by his daughter, Elisabeth Max-Theurer, an Olympic medallist in equestrian, as well as his grandchildren Victoria and Johannes Max-Theurer.

His technical genius, discipline, modesty, diligence and, in particular, his compassion have made Plasser & Theurer a successful, international business. This has had a lasting impact on the railway system and revolutionised track maintenance.

Josef Theurer's professional achievements are second to none: he registered far more than 1,000 patents during his lifetime. Together with Franz Plasser, he built a strong and successful company. That idea from 1953 is what has created jobs for over 4,000 people in Austria and around the world to date. Having managed the family company for sixty years, he handed over the reins to his grandson, Johannes Max-Theurer, in 2011.

Thanks to Josef Theurer’s innovations, the arduous manual labour needed for construction and the maintenance of railway track could be replaced by mechanised methods. This in turn led to a considerable increase in productivity and hence more efficient and economical track maintenance. Because of his outstanding efforts Plasser & Theurer machines are operating on all of the world’s high-speed lines.

‘My grandfather, Dr. Josef Theurer, will always be a role model: as a pioneer, innovator and entrepreneur, but above all as a person’, says Johannes Max-Theurer.