The History of the Mayer Group

Our 170 years of history - How it all started...

The History of the Mayer Group

Our 170 years of history - How it all started...

How it all started: 1850 - 1929

1850 – Foundation of the Mayer blacksmith’s shop             Paulus Mayer, an ancestor of the current company owner Klaus Mayer, founded the first blacksmith’s shop in Berschlingen near Ulm.

1890 – Smithery stays within the family
Paulus’ son Michael takes over the blacksmith heritage in 1890. His brother, Paulus Jr. enlists in the Army to be a blacksmith as well. 

1929 – Takeover of another blacksmith’s shop in Mergelstetten 
The grandfather of the current owner of the Mayer Group, Klaus Mayer, takes over another traditional blacksmith’s shop from the family estate, which will be steadily expanded in the following years. 

1850 – Foundation of the Mayer blacksmith’s shop             Paulus Mayer, an ancestor of the current company owner Klaus Mayer, founded the first blacksmith’s shop in Berschlingen near Ulm.

1890 – Smithery stays within the family
Paulus’ son Michael takes over the blacksmith heritage in 1890. His brother, Paulus Jr. enlists in the Army to be a blacksmith as well. 

1929 – Takeover of another blacksmith’s shop in Mergelstetten 
The grandfather of the current owner of the Mayer Group, Klaus Mayer, takes over another traditional blacksmith’s shop from the family estate, which will be steadily expanded in the following years. 

1929 - 1965

1958 – Georg Mayer founds a metalworking shop 
After successful business operations, Georg Mayer founds a metalworking shop in 1958 to manufacture vendor parts for agricultural and construction machinery.

1960 – Laying of the foundation stone of the current location in Mergelstetten 
After the first production years of the blacksmith’s shop in Itzelberg and various other shops in Mergelstetten, the first shop is built at great risk in 1960 at the present location. Complete welded constructions for tower cranes and agricultural machinery are part of the production program, which is continuously expanded. 

1965 – The company Mayer is now a quality brand for welding constructions
In 1965, the welded constructions are followed by the mechanical processing of the constructions manufactured in-house, which to this day represents an important part of the Mayer Group’s range of services.

1958 – Georg Mayer founds a metalworking shop 
After successful business operations, Georg Mayer founds a metalworking shop in 1958 to manufacture vendor parts for agricultural and construction machinery.

1960 – Laying of the foundation stone of the current location in Mergelstetten 
After the first production years of the blacksmith’s shop in Itzelberg and various other shops in Mergelstetten, the first workshop is built at great risk in 1960 at the present location. Complete welded constructions for tower cranes and agricultural machinery are part of the production program, which is continuously expanded. 

1965 – The company Mayer is now a quality brand for welding constructions
In 1965, the welded constructions are followed by the mechanical processing of the constructions manufactured in-house, which to this day represents an important part of the Mayer Group’s range of services.

1967 - 1970

1967 – Development of the world’s first potting machine
With the world’s first potting machine specially developed for horticulture, the name Mayer and automation solutions for horticulture have been inseparably linked since 1967.

1970 – Internationalization
After successful business operations in Germany, agencies were founded in European countries as well as in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan from 1970 onwards.

1977 - 1993

1977 – Expansion of the company headquarters & production capacity 
To be able to meet the increasing demand, the company headquarters at the Mergelstetten location are continuously expanded in the following years. Starting with the initial expansion of the production hall in 1977 by 3,000 m², a further expansion of the production capacity in 1982/83 by 1,500 m² and an extension of the administration building in 1990 by 700 m² follow.

 

1977 – Expansion of the company headquarters & production capacity 
To be able to meet the increasing demand, the company headquarters at the Mergelstetten location are continuously expanded in the following years. Starting with the initial expansion of the production hall in 1977 by 3,000 m², a further expansion of the production capacity in 1982/83 by 1,500 m² and an extension of the administration building in 1990 by 700 m² follow.

 

1993 - 1994

1993 – Takeover of the company by Klaus Mayer 
Georg Mayer passes away at the young age of 58. A restructuring of the company becomes necessary. His son Klaus Mayer takes over sole responsibility under company law and begins to change the structure of the company.

1994 – Foundation of Mayer BT Kisfalud & Mayer HW & SW Kft Gyöngyös 
To meet the growing demand for automation solutions for commercial horticulture, the first foreign subsidiary is founded in Kisfalud, Hungary, in 1994. In the same year, this is followed by the establishment of the 2nd foreign subsidiary of Mayer HW & SW Kft. The company is focused on the development and manufacturing of switch cabinets, control technology and handling equipment such as conveyor belts.

1993 – Takeover of the company by Klaus Mayer 
Georg Mayer passes away at the young age of 58. A restructuring of the company becomes necessary. His son Klaus Mayer takes over sole responsibility under company law and begins to change the structure of the company.

1994 – Foundation of Mayer BT Kisfalud & Mayer HW & SW Kft Gyöngyös 
To meet the growing demand for automation solutions for commercial horticulture, the first foreign subsidiary is founded in Kisfalud, Hungary, in 1994. In the same year, this is followed by the establishment of the 2nd foreign subsidiary of Mayer HW & SW Kft. The company is focused on the development and manufacturing of switch cabinets, control technology and handling equipment such as conveyor belts.

1995 - 1996

 1995 – Construction of a 2.600 m² warehouse and a production hall in Heidenheim, Germany
Two new buildings (1250 m² and 1350 m²) are constructed. They will store the entire raw materials needed by Mayer. 

1996 – Splitting of the Mayer GmbH & Co. Apparate- und Maschinenbau 
To be able to respond more specifically to the needs of customers in the various market segments, a reorganization of the corporate structure was undertaken in 1996. This involved the establishment of Mayer GmbH & Co. Apparate- & Maschinenbau was split into the following two companies:

  • Mayer GmbH & Co. Apparatebau
  • Mayer GmbH & Co. Maschinenbau & Verwaltung

 1995 – Construction of a 2.600 m² warehouse and a production hall in Heidenheim, Germany
Two new buildings (1250 m² and 1350 m²) are constructed. They will store the entire raw materials needed by Mayer. 

1996 – Splitting of the Mayer GmbH & Co. Apparate- und Maschinenbau 
To be able to respond more specifically to the needs of customers in the various market segments, a reorganization of the corporate structure was undertaken in 1996. This involved the establishment of Mayer GmbH & Co. Apparate- & Maschinenbau was split into the following two companies:

  • Mayer GmbH & Co. Apparatebau
  • Mayer GmbH & Co. Maschinenbau & Verwaltung

1996 - 1999

1997 – New construction of a 1.500m² production hall at the Kisfalud site 
The Hungarian location is increasingly developing into a full-service provider. To meet the increasing demand, a new 1,500m² production hall was built according to Western European standards to open up further opportunities for expansion there. In addition, a new laser cutting machine (make: Trumpf L 3030 3000 W) was put into operation which, with the help of the latest technology, makes it possible to establish oneself as a company for laser and sheet metal technology in the long term.

1998/99 – Foundation of Mayer BV GmbH & Co. KG Property Management 
Through the commercial leasing of part of the existing buildings to Voith Turbe Antriebstechnik, the land and buildings owned by Klaus Mayer were transferred to Mayer BV GmbH & Co. KG Grundstücksverwaltung. This created a further Mayer company.

1997 – New construction of a 1.500m² production hall at the Kisfalud site 
The Hungarian location is increasingly developing into a full-service provider. To meet the increasing demand, a new 1,500m² production hall was built according to Western European standards to open up further opportunities for expansion there. In addition, a new laser cutting machine (make: Trumpf L 3030 3000 W) was put into operation which, with the help of the latest technology, makes it possible to establish oneself as a company for laser and sheet metal technology in the long term.

1998/99 – Foundation of Mayer BV GmbH & Co. KG Property Management 
Through the commercial leasing of part of the existing buildings to Voith Turbe Antriebstechnik, the land and buildings owned by Klaus Mayer were transferred to Mayer BV GmbH & Co. KG Grundstücksverwaltung. This created a further Mayer company.

2000 - 2004

2000/01 – Construction of the Mayer Groups new corporate headquarters

Through the establishment of the company Dörflinger Bedachungs- und Fassadenbau GmbH & Co. KG, a new, central, representative administration building was created for joint use by Dörflinger and the Mayer Group companies.

2004 – The Mayer Group is composed of the following companies: 

  • Mayer GmbH & Co. KG Stahl- & Apparatebau
  • Mayer GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenbau und Verwaltung 
  • Mayer BV GmbH & Co. KG Grundstücksverwaltung
  • Mayer & Partner OHG
  • Mayer Ipari és Kereskedelmi Betéti Társaság (BT)
  • Mayer Hardware & Software Kft.

2000/01 – Construction of the Mayer Groups new corporate headquarters

Through the establishment of the company Dörflinger Bedachungs- und Fassadenbau GmbH & Co. KG, a new, central, representative administration building was created for joint use by Dörflinger and the Mayer Group companies.

2004 – The Mayer Group is composed of the following companies: 

  • Mayer GmbH & Co. KG Stahl- & Apparatebau
  • Mayer GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenbau und Verwaltung 
  • Mayer BV GmbH & Co. KG Grundstücksverwaltung
  • Mayer & Partner OHG
  • Mayer Ipari és Kereskedelmi Betéti Társaság (BT)
  • Mayer Hardware & Software Kft.

2005 - 2007

2006/2007 – Installation of further Trumpf laser cutting machines with 4000 W output

In June 2007, Mayer BT takes another step into the future. The production site in Hungary was further expanded with new laser machines from Trumpf. From November 2007, 2 Trumpf laser cutting machines TC 3030 with 3200-watt laser power and 1 Trumpf laser cutting machine TC 3030 with 4000-watt laser power will be in operation.

 

 

2006/2007 – Installation of further Trumpf laser cutting machines with 4000 W output

In June 2007, Mayer BT takes another step into the future. The production site in Hungary was further expanded with new laser machines from Trumpf. From November 2007, 2 Trumpf laser cutting machines TC 3030 with 3200-watt laser power and 1 Trumpf laser cutting machine TC 3030 with 4000-watt laser power will be in operation.

 

 

2007 - 2010

2007 – Four customer service centers for Germany 
To handle all the selling and service areas in Germany, four customer service centers in East, South, West and North are built.  

2010 – Foundation of the Mayer Holding GmbH & Co. KG 
With effect from January 1, 2010, Mayer Holding GmbH & Co. KG was founded. The shareholder and Managing Director of the Mayer Group, Mr. Klaus Mayer, will bundle all his company investments in the Mayer Holding. This holding company will be supported by a company advisory board with three well-known entrepreneurial personalities.

2010 – The Mayer Group is also breaking new ground in ecology 
In June 2010, a new photovoltaic plant with 227.68 kWp goes into operation. This ecological investment is an active contribution to environmental protection and CO2 savings. The delivery and installation was carried out by the company Palme Solar GmbH, located in Herbrechtingen/Bolheim. This means Mayer is independent of the general electricity supply companies in the long term and can generate electricity requirements themselves. On the photograph the entire system on the roofs of the company’s premises in Heidenheim-Mergelstetten can be seen.

2007 – Four customer service centers for Germany 
To handle all the selling and service areas in Germany, four customer service centers in East, South, West and North are built.  

2010 – Foundation of the Mayer Holding GmbH & Co. KG 
With effect from January 1, 2010, Mayer Holding GmbH & Co. KG was founded. The shareholder and Managing Director of the Mayer Group, Mr. Klaus Mayer, will bundle all his company investments in the Mayer Holding. This holding company will be supported by a company advisory board with three well-known entrepreneurial personalities.

2010 – The Mayer Group is also breaking new ground in ecology 
In June 2010, a new photovoltaic plant with 227.68 kWp goes into operation. This ecological investment is an active contribution to environmental protection and CO2 savings. The delivery and installation was carried out by the company Palme Solar GmbH, located in Herbrechtingen/Bolheim. This means Mayer is independent of the general electricity supply companies in the long term and can generate electricity requirements themselves. On the photograph the entire system on the roofs of the company’s premises in Heidenheim-Mergelstetten can be seen.

2017 - 2018

2017/18 – Neugestaltung der Bürogebäude
Im Jahr 2017/2018 wird es Zeit für eine Neugestaltung der Büroräumlichkeiten. Eine wachsende Belegschaft erfordert ein neues Bürokonzept. Für die Neugestaltung der Büro- und Besprechungsräume am Standort Heidenheim wird die Zebrano GmbH aus Günzburg beauftragt. Die Verwendung und Verbindung der Materialien Holz, Beton und Glas schaffen eine wohnliche Atmosphäre, welche zugleich durch ein funktionales Bürokonzept überzeugt.
 
2017/18 – Neugestaltung der Bürogebäude
Im Jahr 2017/2018 wird es Zeit für eine Neugestaltung der Büroräumlichkeiten. Eine wachsende Belegschaft erfordert ein neues Bürokonzept. Für die Neugestaltung der Büro- und Besprechungsräume am Standort Heidenheim wird die Zebrano GmbH aus Günzburg beauftragt. Die Verwendung und Verbindung der Materialien Holz, Beton und Glas schaffen eine wohnliche Atmosphäre, welche zugleich durch ein funktionales Bürokonzept überzeugt.
 

2018 - 2019

2018/19 – Ausbau der Photovoltaikanlage am Standort Heidenheim
Seit 2010 bedecken Solarzellen bereits die komplette Dachfläche des Fabrik- und Bürogebäudes in Heidenheim. Mit einer sogenannten Energiefassade, also eine großflächige Wanderverkleidung aus Solarpanelen, werden die bestehenden Möglichkeiten genutzt um die Erzeugung von regenerativen Energien am Standort Heidenheim weiter auszubauen. Heute beträgt die installierte PV-Leistung stolze 665 kWp.  Dies ermöglicht eine Abdeckung des eigenen Strombedarfs von ca. 60% . Um den Energieverbrauch weiter zu senken werden sämtliche Leuchtmittel in der Fertigung durch LED-Leuchten ersetzt, um sowohl den Stromverbrauch weiter zu senken, als auch einen weiteren Schritt in Richtung einer nachhaltigen Energieversorgung zu gehen.
 
2018/19 – Ausbau der Photovoltaikanlage am Standort Heidenheim
Seit 2010 bedecken Solarzellen bereits die komplette Dachfläche des Fabrik- und Bürogebäudes in Heidenheim. Mit einer sogenannten Energiefassade, also eine großflächige Wanderverkleidung aus Solarpanelen, werden die bestehenden Möglichkeiten genutzt um die Erzeugung von regenerativen Energien am Standort Heidenheim weiter auszubauen. Heute beträgt die installierte PV-Leistung stolze 665 kWp.  Dies ermöglicht eine Abdeckung des eigenen Strombedarfs von ca. 60% . Um den Energieverbrauch weiter zu senken werden sämtliche Leuchtmittel in der Fertigung durch LED-Leuchten ersetzt, um sowohl den Stromverbrauch weiter zu senken, als auch einen weiteren Schritt in Richtung einer nachhaltigen Energieversorgung zu gehen.
 

2019

2019 – Die Mayer Stahl- & Apparatebau wird zum Komplettanbieter
Der Fokus auf Innovationen und einem modernen Maschinenpark ist seit jeher ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Unternehmensführung. Mit der Inbetriebnahme des neuen BIMATEC SORALUCE Fahrständer Fräs- und Bohrcenters FS 18000 werden die Weichen für eine erfolgreiche Zukunft gelegt und das Leistungsspektrum vergrößert. Großbauteile bis zu 50 Tonnen, die eine hohe Genauigkeit in der Bearbeitung erfordern, können nun mit hoher Präzision bearbeitet werden. 
Durch den Umbau und die Vermietung einer Messhalle an die Firma Bometric aus Augsburg und der Installation einer Großportalmessmaschine der Firma Zeiss, erweitert sich das Kompetenzfeld am Standort Heidenheim. Von nun an werden Kunden Komplettlösungen aus einer Hand angeboten – von der Beratung über die Fertigung bis hin zur Qualitätskontrolle und Auslieferung. 
 
2019 – Die Mayer Stahl- & Apparatebau wird zum Komplettanbieter
Der Fokus auf Innovationen und einem modernen Maschinenpark ist seit jeher ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Unternehmensführung. Mit der Inbetriebnahme des neuen BIMATEC SORALUCE Fahrständer Fräs- und Bohrcenters FS 18000 werden die Weichen für eine erfolgreiche Zukunft gelegt und das Leistungsspektrum vergrößert. Großbauteile bis zu 50 Tonnen, die eine hohe Genauigkeit in der Bearbeitung erfordern, können nun mit hoher Präzision bearbeitet werden. 
Durch den Umbau und die Vermietung einer Messhalle an die Firma Bometric aus Augsburg und der Installation einer Großportalmessmaschine der Firma Zeiss, erweitert sich das Kompetenzfeld am Standort Heidenheim. Von nun an werden Kunden Komplettlösungen aus einer Hand angeboten – von der Beratung über die Fertigung bis hin zur Qualitätskontrolle und Auslieferung. 
 

2019 - Heute

2019 – Neueröffnung des Mayer Kundencenter West in Kevelaer

Um noch zielgerichteter und schneller unsere Kunden am Niederrhein, in Belgien und in den Niederlanden unterstützen zu können, wird im Jahr 2019 das neue Mayer Kundencenter West in Kevelaer eröffnet. Unter neuer Leitung und einem größeren Team ermöglicht dieser Schritt eine engere Betreuung unserer Kunden, sowie eine schnellere Reaktionszeit bei der Anfrage von Serviceaufträgen und Ersatzteilbestellungen.

2019 – Neueröffnung des Mayer Kundencenter West in Kevelaer

Um noch zielgerichteter und schneller unsere Kunden am Niederrhein, in Belgien und in den Niederlanden unterstützen zu können, wird im Jahr 2019 das neue Mayer Kundencenter West in Kevelaer eröffnet. Unter neuer Leitung und einem größeren Team ermöglicht dieser Schritt eine engere Betreuung unserer Kunden, sowie eine schnellere Reaktionszeit bei der Anfrage von Serviceaufträgen und Ersatzteilbestellungen.

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