Mayr Antriebstechnik mourns Fritz Mayer. He was 96 years old. That 125th company anniversary in 2022 he was able to celebrate with the company family. his grandson Ferdinand Mayer, who runs the family business in the 5th generation, told us, among other things, in an interview about SPS what his own vision for the future is. We have compiled these and other company reports for you below.

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A special person says goodbye

23.01.2023/96/XNUMX | At the age of XNUMX is Fritz Mayer passed away peacefully on 18.01.23/XNUMX/XNUMX surrounded by his closest confidants. The family business mourns the loss of its esteemed senior boss, who was Managing Director of Mayr Antriebstechnik for over half a century.

employees remember: Fritz Mayr greeted an employee standing by him with a friendly smile in the company every morning, even when he was not feeling well. A young employee from the technical office remembers how the senior boss repeatedly met the trend of the time with proposed solutions that kept an eye on the whole and impressed him himself. And as a person with whom he was successful together, instead of as a worker, he saw him, another colleague from production. 

Mr. Mayrs philosophy of life was all about safety, which does not tolerate compromises: "Tradition and innovation are the pillars that have guaranteed our stability for generations. In a world that is becoming increasingly fast-moving and uncertain, this means reliability and long-term security. Safety for the workplace on the one hand, but of course our products also embody safety. Security shapes us, so to speak, not only in our thinking, but also in our actions,” he once said.

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Fritz Mayr was born on April 3, 1926. After his return from Russian captivity in 1947, he began studying mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich in 1948, graduating in 1952 with a degree in engineering. As a young engineer, he started at the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF). After that he kicked 1956 in the 3rd generation joined the family business Mayr Antriebstechnik in Kaufbeuren. In 1965, Fritz Mayr officially took over the management from his father and was part of it to the end. He was instrumental in making the Hidden Champion in the Allgäu to the world market leader rise.   

The fifth generation in the fourth revolution

09.11.2022 | After that 125th company anniversary year Chr. Mayr GmbH & Co. KG in Mauerstetten is slowly coming to an end Fernandand Mayr, Managing Partner, in his new position. In this interview at the SPS in Nuremberg, he tells us where he sees the family company in the future and what his vision is. He also presents the innovations for the automation trade fair. Specifically, we asked the following questions: 

  • In this 125th anniversary year of Mr. Klinger its CEO Scepter Taken: What is your 5th generation vision?
  • How is Mayr drive technology? economically by 2022?
  • Such a high growth now for the 2nd year in a row you have to deal with it first: should it go on like this?
  • How did your operations changed by the development of supply chains in the last 2 1/2 years? 
  • What's the status of yours Industry 4.0 portfolio, keyword Roba brake checker? What's next in terms of digitization?
  • What Online configuration and ordering options do you offer and what is the market need for it?
  • What New Products present you here in Nuremberg SPS?


125 years of Mayr clutches, brakes and other drive elements

20.04.2022/2022/XNUMX | Celebrating in XNUMX Mayr drive technology its 125th anniversary. A look into the History of the family company shows that its stability policy is a central part of the corporate philosophy. In it, the values ​​of reliability and security apply more than being just an advertising slogan.

Backup day after day clutches and brakes the movements in machines worldwide. The quality has to be right here because safety brakes and safety couplings in machines and systems must reliably secure and protect people and material. In an emergency, these drive elements have to interrupt movements with lightning speed and precision, brake to a standstill or hold certain positions with millimeter precision. 

The anniversary celebration of the Mayr family

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04.08.2022 | The 125th anniversary was celebrated in July 2022 with a big ceremony followed by a family celebration. The employees from the Mauerstetten site and their families, guests from politics, business and society as well as representatives of all Mayr branches and agencies worldwide were invited. 

“Rooted in the Allgäu and at home all over the world”, is how he describes it Ferdinand Mayer, CEO and managing partner like the family business. Managing Director Günther Klingler spoke of a proud anniversary because a crisis-proof, stable and internationally successful company had developed from a small mill joinery. The "Wir-Mayr" is tangible every day. With a digital foray around the world, all eight branches in Europe, Asia and the USA sent their birthday wishes.

guest speaker Karl Haeusgen, President of the VDMA, was impressed by the long history of the family company. He emphasized: “Anyone who walks through the door at Mayr today sees a company that lives in the here and now. Modern architecture, high-tech production, innovative products and solutions, edge of technology.” According to Haeusgen, the supposed contradiction between practiced tradition and practiced progressiveness will be resolved.

Epoch change in the anniversary year

Mayor Guenther KlinglerThe company Mayr Antriebstechnik is now managed by the fifth generation. Leads since the end of 2018 Ferdinand Mayer the business with his grandfather Fritz Mayer and Gunther Klingler. Mr. Klingler joined the family business in 1980 and was appointed to the management in 1991. He has been the managing director since 2006. This year he handed over the position of CEO to Ferdinand Mayr and will remain part of the management until he retires, before he will go into well-deserved retirement in 40 after more than 2023 years with the company.

Karl Haeusgen designated Günther Klingler as a stroke of luck, who helped to shape and lead the company with loyalty and a sense of tradition as well as professionalism and self-confidence. "Grandfather, manager, grandson: three people who confidently trust each other and have thus prepared everything well for the future as a professional, traditional and at the same time modern family company." Christian Illig, the management in the position of CFO.

Company history: Hidden Champion

Mayr employeeGave an insight into the family behind the company Korbinian Mayr Kennerknecht, freelance author, writer and brother of Ferdinand Mayr. He presented his company chronicle "Hidden Champion - From mill carpentry to world market leader". He referred to the "mindset" of company founder Christian Mayr, his great-great-grandfather and his grandfather Fritz Mayr: ask the right questions, let things go, sometimes say "no" and leave room for creativity. He was also supported in researching the book by former Mayr employees such as the retired woman Monica Haug with 48 years of service.

Christian Illig explained the employees quite familiarly as the most valuable asset and probably the most important success factor in the company. Korbinian Mayr-Kennerknecht made it clear that his grandfather Fritz Mayr finally initiated the change from a craft business to an industrial company and thus helped the company to its current status as an internationally active world market leader with over 1350 employees. It got emotional when Senior manager Fritz Mayr (96) surprisingly appeared in the marquee despite the hustle and bustle and the heat. The staff and guests enthusiastically received the man who laid the foundation for today's success with standing ovations. 

What the Mayr youth want for the future

Mayr youth

In his speech, Ferdinand Mayr judged the look to the future, which he described as a potential field. A plan helps to move in the same direction. But nothing can be planned in the end when he looks back on such unforeseen events as Corona or the war in Ukraine. He emphasizes: “I would like to promote doing what we do today 'self-confidently' so that tomorrow we don't have a future that nobody wanted. Eight trainees then presented their wishes as representatives for the future of the company. The ceremony was musically framed by the Mayr music band conducted by Richard Neuhauser.

Quality in focus since 1897

With his uncompromising quality from the offer to after-sales service on site, the drive specialist has developed from a simple small workshop to the global market leader in mechanical drive technology. In 1897, Christian Mayr, great-great-grandfather of today's managing partner Ferdinand Mayr, founded the mill carpentry business in Kaufbeuren. He repaired sawmills and mills and manufactured components such as drive wheels, comb wheels, transmissions and mill wheels. This meant that hydropower could be used directly as drive energy.

In 1956, Fritz Mayr joined the family business as the third generation. The development of the safety clutch considered a breakthrough in the field of Drive Technology. Torque limiters were already on the market back then. But Fritz Mayr imagined something else under a high-quality clutch. A successful debut was achieved with safety couplings for housing fans. 

In 1973 the company moved to today's location Headquarters in Mauerstetten because the space in Kaufbeuren was reaching its limits. The company premises now cover an area of ​​around 33.000 m², where 700 employees do their work.

Rise to world market leader

MayrFerdinand MayrThe company has had an international focus since the 1960s agencies and branches in more and more countries for a local presence. Production became international with the establishment of a plant in Poland in 1994 and a plant in China in 2004. In 1997 the company started with developments for the elevator industry, in which today the market leadership in elevator brakes has been achieved. Numerous patents, Industry 4.0 products, end-to-end networking in production and digitization are currently the major challenges in drive technology. The drive specialist meets these challenges with innovative solutions such as the Roba brake checker, which enables the total networking of the existing drive world.

The Alignment as a family business is something special. "We see our company and all our employees as a grown Mayr family," explains Ferdinand Mayr. "For us as the owner family, it is important to be there in the company, to help shape it and to implement the values ​​we live by. This creates consistency and reliability. Our customers, but also our employees worldwide, can rely on it.”

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Fritz Mayr adds: "tradition and innovation are the supporting pillars that have guaranteed our stability for generations. In a world that is becoming increasingly fast-moving and uncertain, this meant reliability and long-term security. Safety for the workplace on the one hand, but of course our products also embody safety. Security shapes us, so to speak, not only in our thoughts, but also in our actions.”

Reliable partner also in the future

In spite of the crisis, Mayr power transmission has been strong in recent years invested in the headquarters in Mauerstetten and realized several new buildings. The family business is thus underpinning its policy of stability and its commitment to the location. “In the long term, we rely on stable and sustainable location security in the Allgäu. To do this, we use the profits generated with the aim of creating the conditions and scope for a successful future," emphasizes Ferdinand Mayr. "In concrete terms, this means: modern jobs, digitization, automation and sustainable production as a preliminary service for Germany as a production location". 

Climate neutral sustainable company

05.06.2020 | Climate protection is on everyone's lips Fridays for Future to the alliance for one climate-neutral Allgäu 2030. In addition, the awareness of the impact of humans on green resources was further increased by the Corona pandemic. The measures taken by Mayr-antriebstechnik to preserve the environment include generating its own electricity, minimizing paper consumption and purchasing climate certificates. 

“As a company, we are responsible for the world of tomorrow. An intact nature and the preservation of our livelihoods for our children and future generations are important to us. Sustainable management has shaped our company philosophy since it was founded and we are now in the middle of a process when it comes to climate protection, ”explains Ferdinand Mayer, Executive Partner.

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The climate protection commitment of around 700 employees in begins with the Energy and environmental management certification according to DIN EN 16247-1 (energy) or DIN EN ISO 14001 (environment). Electricity has been generated ecologically in the company since 2017 with its own combined heat and power plant and photovoltaic systems on the production and assembly halls.

Paperless office and energy-efficient manufacturing

“Since 2017 we have completely equipped every new hall roof area with sustainable photovoltaic systems. Overall, we currently cover around eleven percent of our electricity consumption with our own electricity generation, ”explains the managing director Günther Klingler. "In addition, we have been working for several years on minimizing our paper consumption with the goal of paperless offices and rely on energy-efficient machines in production." Further measures in the field of e-mobility, in the energetic renovation of existing ones Buildings or when expanding the PV systems are already being planned or implemented.

"All in all, we are less concerned with prescribing a fixed path than with acting in many areas," comments Günther Klingler. “Because we don't just want to analyze the problems, we want to tackle them and solve them. The perfect sustainable solution may not yet exist, but success depends to a large extent on our willingness and consistency action and responsibility off – for the world we leave to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

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The entrepreneur adds: “Corona in particular shows us the opportunities here that we want to use now and in the future. increased in the home office work reduces emissions in the same way as telephone conferences instead of air travel, where it is possible and useful. We see an opportunity here to combine efficiency with climate protection. "

Climate protection certificates support three projects

The sustainable company is on the way to more with many building blocks Climate protection. However, emissions cannot be completely avoided in an industrial company. The machine builder compensates for this with sustainable compensation measures in order to achieve the goals in the short term and to counteract man-made climate change now.

"We have the Greenhouse gas emissions, which are caused by the activities of our company, can be recorded and offset by the purchase of climate protection certificates for the years 2020 and 2021," explains Mr. Mayr. With these certificates, the sustainable company supports a total of three projects: in India to generate electricity from biomass residues, in China to distribute efficient solar cookers to rural households and in Turkey to generate renewable energy by wind power.

"We are aware that the Purchase of climate certificates is not undisputed. The prerequisite for us is that the compensation measures do not stand alone, but only represent a building block in our climate protection commitment. We still have to keep improving our own balance sheet. The alternative would be not to compensate, which we don't think is much better either. With the purchase, at least the projects in Asia are supported or financed and this creates a win-win situation for both sides,” says the managing partner.

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This makes COsaved where it is particularly easy to do. Because the greenhouse gases are evenly distributed in the atmosphere. This is another reason why it makes sense to use the Avoid emissions where the costs are lowest. At the same time, the projects contribute to improving the economic, social and ecological situation on site and support the implementation of the United Nations' sustainability goals.

Mayr power transmission received the award for compensating for greenhouse gases Climate neutral company receive. This makes the company one of the first in the industry to voluntarily offset its emissions in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol. “We are also a reliable partner for our customers in this area. And we ourselves consciously rely on sustainable supply chains, ”adds Günther Klingler.

Energy saving potential in drive technology

When developing electromagnetic spring-loaded brakes The sustainable company optimizes the magnetic flux through structural design and choice of materials so that the required magnetic pull is achieved with the lowest possible coil power. The optimal design of the magnet coils and a construction that is resistant to magnetic fields are important aspects when it comes to saving energy.

There is much greater potential for savings in operation: through the optimal control of the Brakes with a special Roba switch rectifier can be up to Save 93% of energy.

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25 anniversary of Mayr Polska

03.07.2019/25/XNUMX | The Mauerstetten mechanical engineering company Mayr-Antriebstechnik is celebrating the XNUMXth anniversary of its location in Poland. The former small manufacturing facility has now become a modern, efficient industrial company with around 400 employees developed - with active support from the Allgäu.

"The location in Ostrzeszow was founded as a small production facility in 1994," he recalls Christopher Dropman, who, as head of the research and development department in Mauerstetten, is also in charge of the management of Mayr-Polska. Since 1999, together with his colleagues, he has turned this into a modern and efficient industrial company with around 400 employees. The machine park now includes around 100 machine tools. In 2018 alone, 1,5 million individual parts were manufactured on it. Around 35% of production now goes directly to end customers worldwide.

Only recently, Mayr put a new hall into operation in Poland. "With the investments we create jobs and are well equipped to continue working successfully in the future," explains the managing director Günther Klingler. "Because Mayr Polska is an important guarantor for the future development and the success of the Mayr Group as a whole." With the plant in Poland, Mayr Antriebstechnik in Mauerstetten can not only keep jobs, but also expand and build up capacities, especially in the area of ​​key technology . The operational quality management system there is ISO 9001 certified, as is the case at the parent company in Mauerstetten.

Fifth generation joins management

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15.04.2019/XNUMX/XNUMX | With Ferdinand Mayr (r.), the grandson of Fritz Mayer, grandson of the company founder, is now the fifth generation to take over the management of Chr. Mayr GmbH + Co. KG. In the future, three managing directors across generations will stand for safety, reliability and innovation in the company founded in 1897.

Ferdinand Mayr shares the leadership role with Fritz Mayr (center) and Günther Klingler (l.), who, as Managing Director and CEO, manages national and international activities. In the future, Ferdinand Mayr will primarily be responsible for the digitization of the company and, together with Mr. Klingler, will manage the company's finances and strategic decisions.

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“Our company has remained an independent, independent family business since it was founded. We are proud of our innovation and highest quality and we stick to it, even if the world is changing quickly and profoundly," says Ferdinand Mayer. "I therefore see it as one of my most important tasks to master the challenges of increasing networking, digitization and Industry 4.0 and to seize the opportunities they offer us."

New plant opened in Zhangjiagang, China

13.06.2016/XNUMX/XNUMX | Mayr Antriebstechnik is expanding and expanding its capacities in the Middle Kingdom. In May, the leading specialist for safety clutches and Safety brakes in the immediate vicinity of the previous branch, a new plant with approx 8000m2 production area – just in time for the tenth anniversary of Mayr-China.

The new Mayr plant in Zhangjiagang was opened in May in the presence of numerous guests from politics and business. The new building can accommodate up to 200 employees in production and additional jobs in the office building. Mayr-China currently has around 110 employees. "The special thing about our medium-sized family business is our corporate philosophy, which lives from close cooperation and is very family-oriented," explains Ferdinand Mayr, member of the management board and grandson of the current company owner Fritz Mayr senior.

Since it was founded ten years ago, Mayr-China has developed from a simple representative office into a flourishing company with its own production. With the new building in Zhangjiagang near Shanghai, in the immediate vicinity of the previous branch, Mayr Antriebstechnik is responding to the continuously growing demand over the years. “The Chinese market when most important growth market, plays an important role for us,” explains Managing Director Günther Klingler. The same quality standards apply to Mayr-China as in Germany. The operational quality management system in Zhangjiagang is ISO 9001 certified, as is the case at the parent company in Mauerstetten. This confirms the quality awareness of employees at all levels of the company.

Mayr inauguration China
And the demand in China for high-quality, reliable products is enormous, especially in the field of Safety brakes for elevator technology. Because the Chinese elevator manufacturers are currently working hard to further improve the safety of their elevator systems. "We have to deliver every single brake in the required quality and guarantee permanent, uncompromising safety - all over the world," emphasizes Günther Klingler. “Clear processes, extensive testing options, many years of experience and highly qualified employees are indispensable prerequisites for this. This costs money, but this is the only way to achieve security. In the future, it will not be the cheapest but the most reliable providers that will prevail in China.”

Hannover Messe 2015 can come - Interview

11.03.2015/2015/XNUMX | In the run-up to the Hanover Fair XNUMX, we Günther Klingler among other things, about the expected innovations and trends in clutches and brakes as well as the economic situation. The managing director is promising several innovations. The interview was given on March 9th, 2015 in Mauerstetten.

Integrated drive elements and a world first - statement

15.04.2013/XNUMX/XNUMX | In the run-up to the Hanover Fair gave us Günther Klingler, Managing Director at Mayr Antriebstechnik, gave an insight in a statement into the clutch and brake highlights of the drive specialist. He gave us the statement on April 9, 2013 at the Hanover Fair:

Visiting Mayr: high speed and safety – video report

22.02.2012/XNUMX/XNUMX | Watch the premiere of our first video report development scout as guest. We visited Mayr Antriebstechnik in Mauerstetten. Managers and employees will report on site about innovations in the product portfolio and technology trends in clutches and brakes. In an interview with the managing director, we shed light on the economic and global development of the training-friendly company and show how product quality is ensured during a tour of production.

Who is Mayr Antriebstechnik?

Mayr drive technology is a traditional and global drive technology company founded in 1897 based in Mauerstetten in the Allgäu, which will celebrate its 2022th anniversary in 125. 1350 employees worldwide, 700 of them at the headquarters, do not accept any compromises when it comes to safety, so that man and machine are protected in the event of breakdowns, collisions and other dangerous situations. Production takes place in Germany, Poland and China. There are branches in China, France, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, USA and Japan. There are also 40 country representatives. The technology leadership with numerous patents is in the area safety brake and clutch. The portfolio also includes safety clutches, Couplings, servo couplings as well electromagnetic and others too backlash free Drive elements for mechanical engineering.

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