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Johann Puch
Janez Puh.jpg
Born (1862-06-27)June 27, 1862
Sakušak, Styria, Austrian Empire
Died July 19, 1914(1914-07-19) (aged 52)
Agram, Croatia, Austria-Hungary
Citizenship Austrian
Occupation Craftsman, industrialist, automotive pioneer
Known for Puch AG & Co. KG

Johann Puch, Slovene: Janez Puh (June 27, 1862 – July 19, 1914) was a Slovene inventor and mechanic who went on to become the founder of the Austrian Puch automobile plants, then one of the most significant vehicle producers in Europe.


Johann Puch was born on 27 June 1862 to Slovene-speaking peasants in Sakušak near Ptuj (Pettau), the part of multi-ethnic Styria which today belongs to Slovenia. The eldest son of nine children, he left his family home at the age of eight and at twelve apprenticed as a locksmith in Ptuj. Having finished his training in 1877, he moved to the Styrian capital Graz (Gradec), where he did his military service and from 1885 worked for several employers. He concentrated on bicycle manufacturing and soon became a noted specialist.

In 1889 Puch travelled to a bicycle trade fair in Leipzig, where he concluded a contract with Thomas Humber's cycle company. The same year he founded his first workshop in Graz and started to distribute Styria safety bicycles. His enterprise quickly expanded and in 1891 he founded the Johann Puch & Comp. trading company with 34 employees, selling bicycles all over Austria-Hungary, as well as exporting to the United Kingdom and France. Racers on Styria bicycles were successful in long-distance road races, most notably Josef Fischer, winner of the first edition of Paris–Roubaix in 1896. At that time, Puch already employed more than 300 workers and sold about 6,000 bicycle per annum.

1906 Puch Voiturette

His achievements but also discrepancies with his affiliates led to the founding of his own manufacturing company in 1899, called Johann Puch - Erste steiermärkische Fahrrad-Fabriks-Actien Gesellschaft (First Styrian Bicycle Stock Company) in Graz. The company started producing motorcycles in 1903 and automobiles in 1904. By 1912 Puch's factory employed 1,100 workers and manufactured 300 cars, 300 motorcycles and 16,000 bicycles per year. He retired in 1912 but remained honorary president of the company.

Up to 1914 Puch developed 21 different types of cars, and also lorries, buses, military and some other special vehicles, including sedan limousines for the imperial Habsburg family. He successfully obtained patents for more than 35 inventions and improvements. He died of a stroke while attending a horserace in Agram (Zagreb).

The Puch company manufactured vehicles for the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I. Puch's motorcycles and cars were successful in races and rallies all over Europe and carried his name among vehicle producers. From 1934 the tradition was continued by the Steyr-Daimler-Puch company in Graz and Vienna.

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31 news items

Sat, 05 Jul 2014 04:37:30 -0700

Als Janez Puh ist er im heutigen Slowenien in bitterster Armut aufgewachsen. Als Johann Puch baute er nach einer Schlosserlehre Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts Fahrräder. Ungewöhnlich waren sein Talent und sein Erfindergeist - von den Waffenrädern über ...
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 04:46:02 -0700

Mit dem Namen Puch verbindet man vor allem das Adjektiv legendär: die Waffenräder, das „Pucherl“ Puch 500, den Haflinger, das Puch Maxi. Der Vater des Erfolgs war Firmengründer Johann Puch - er konstruierte die ersten Modelle und startete mit ...


Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:45:00 -0700

Mit 150 Jahren ist Johann Puch in seinen besten Tagen als Integrationsfigur für eine ehemals „schwierige“ Region. Steirer und Slowenen finden beim Thema Puch gut zueinander. Der Teil Sloweniens, aus dem unser Held stammt, hieß zu Kaisers Zeiten ...
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:18:25 -0700

Räder und Mopeds: Die Anfänge der Kultmarke Puch. Der Todestag des Fahrzeugpioniers Johann Puch jährt sich zum 100. Mal. Eine kurze Rückschau. Räder und Mopeds: Die Anfänge der Kultmarke Puch. KURIER/Gerhard Deutsch. Wikicommons.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:11:15 -0700

The Austrian company, Puch, was founded as a bicycle manufacturer in 1903 by Johann Puch. By 1952, the company was building motor scooters, and in 1957, they started exporting the Puch 500 motorcycle to America. It was sold under the name “Allstate” ...


Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:28:22 -0700

Die Steiermark gedenkt des 100. Todestages von Fahrzeugpionier Johann Puch. Puch eröffnete 1889 in Graz seine erste Fahrradwerkstätte. Dort erzeugte er schon bald eigene Modelle und machte Werbung für seine „Styria“-Räder.
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 03:43:36 -0700

Ein Stück österreichischer Mobilitätsgeschichte feiert Jubiläum: Rechtzeitig zu seinem 150. Geburtstag am 27. Juni wird das Wirken des Fahrzeug-Pioniers Johann Puch (1862 - 1914) in Graz mit einem neuen Museum ins Blickfeld gerückt. Neu ist das ...


Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:37:30 -0700

Im Johann Puch Museum Graz verlieh Magna Steyr, eine Geschäftseinheit von Magna International Inc. in Graz, gestern Abend den diesjährigen „Johann Puch Innovation Award“. Der durch den Automobilzulieferer ins Leben gerufene Wettbewerb für ...

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