Our history begins in 1956 with the establishment of a small furniture making business. Today, the company known as Podion, is a third generation family business that continues to experience ongoing growth and success.
Discover Podion, how we have been actively collaborating with universities since 1999, how we evolved into commercial and residential fit-outs, became the contractor of choice for BMW Group Australia for their automotive fit-outs, launched Lectern Hub in 2015 and then evolved to Podion Global in 2019.
1956 – the beginning
Andreas Molnar migrates from Germany to Australia and establishes a furniture making company.
Andreas’s son, Julius Molnar and his wife Elizabeth, begin trading as J.E.M. Joinery (Julius, Elizabeth Molnar) after the passing of Andreas Molnar.
J.E.M. Joinery manufactures bespoke furniture for the residential and government sector.
J.E.M. Joinery is heavily involved in the manufacture of joinery and construction for RMIT University.
Drawing upon the experience gained from RMIT University, J.E.M. Joinery creates further relationships with audio-visual companies and architects and rapidly expands the design and manufacture of lecterns and other technical furniture soltions for the Educational sector.
Julius Molnar’s son, Andrew Molnar, joins J.E.M. Joinery and takes the company from strength to strength.
J.E.M. Joinery is renamed Jemson Pty Ltd and shortly after, Andrew Molnar becomes Partner.
Quickly outgrowing its original location at Nangana, the Molnar family purchase a brand hew factory and head office in the thriving manufacturing area of Hallam, Victoria.
Jemson invests heavily in the most advanced planet and manufacturing equipment in modern joinery production, complete with fully automated computerized cutting and machinery.
Jemson launches the company’s first website to showcase commercial fit-outs and their range of lecterns, computer desks, height adjustable tables, meeting tables, boardroom furniture, chairs, accessories and other technical furniture solutions.
Jemson continues to experience growth in many sectors including residential fit-outs (e.g. Ravida Homes), commercial fit-outs (e.g. Hewlett Packard, Phillip Morris) alongside custom bespoke joinery for residences.
Jemson expands its manufacture of lecterns by further collaborating with architects and AV companies and producing lecterns for the Australian Government sector and universities, including Victoria University, RMIT and Latrobe University.
In May 2015, Jemson announces the establishment of a new division called Lectern Hub Pty Ltd.
Under the new structure, Jemson focuses on the core joinery and fit-out business. The would give the new lectern division more independence and resources to focus on the research, development and manufacture of lecterns.
Lectern Hub continued to operate from the Jemson Manufacturing Facility and Head Office while plans were quickly being put into place to move Lectern Hub into a new facility.
Lectern Hub unveils its world-leading podium, multimedia and wheelchair lecterns to the USA market at InfoComm, Las Vegas.
InfoComm is the largest event in North America focused on the pro-AV industry, with 1,000 exhibitors, thousands of products, and 44,000 attendees from 110 countries.
Our team of Product Specialists and Design Engineers were on hand to demonstrate the functionality of our lecterns and the ease of customization to suit venue and branding.
The evolution to from Lectern Hub to Podion
Over the years, Lectern Hub recognized that the world of teaching and learning is shifting towards flexible learning environments. In recognition, Lectern Hub drew on its extensive commercial joinery experience through it’s founding company, Jemson, and collaborated with prominent Australian universities to design new technical furniture to meet their needs.
With this behind the scenes expansion, the company simply evolved beyond the identity as Lectern Hub.
On 1 June 2019, the company launched a new company name Podion and the brand tag-line “Empowering new learning”. This evolution represents the company’s ability to reach new heights and deliver Australian innovation to the global market.
Think Pink. Think Podion.
Along with a name change, Podion released its new pink infused brand identity that more accurately portrays what the company has evolved into. Innovative, trusted, collaborative and professional.
There’s our bold new website at www.podionglobal.com to showcase even more AV/IT solutions, our largest catalogue ever, along with social media rebranding, all new signage and other design elements.