MEA Company History

MEA Company History

Since its foundation 130 years ago, the MEA Group has grown to become one of the leading suppliers to the construction industry. The ongoing development of new markets and the pursuit of innovation are the driving forces behind this evolution into an international group of companies. New products like the MEALUXIT casement window system made from glass-fibre-reinforced composite which was developed in 1980, the first MEARIN drainage channel manufactured using SMC technology which was unveiled in 1982, the MEAMAX height-adjustable light well system from 2005 and the innovative MEASTEP grating system launched in the market in 2011 are just a few examples of the MEA Group’s innovative vitality.

More recent product innovations – such as the MEAFIX insulated mounting panel for fastening light wells in 2010, the MEASTEP staircase kit in 2014 and the MEA LÜFTAIR basement ventilator which made its debut in 2015 – likewise testify to the energy and resolve of the MEA Group, which has set itself the goal of enhancing living comfort and providing professional users with high-quality solutions that enable them to work more efficiently.

Discover 130 years of innovations and successes in the course of the MEA Group’s history.

MEA Company History

2016 – LAUNCH OF THE NEW MEAFLUID GRP DRAINAGE CHANNEL

Our MEAFLUID drainage channel combines the benefits of a reinforced design with the advantages of the GRP material for even more stability, safety and ease of installation.

Our MEAFLUID drainage channel combines the benefits of a reinforced design with the advantages of the GRP material for even more stability, safety and ease of installation.

2015 – LAUNCH OF THE MEA LÜFTAIR SYSTEM

This semi-automatic ventilation system leads fresh air into basements and other rooms below ground level to ensure a perfect room climate.

This semi-automatic ventilation system leads fresh air into basements and other rooms below ground level to ensure a perfect room climate.

2015 – AUTOMATION OF DEBURRING PROCESSES AT THE SAINT-DIÉ-DES-VOSGES SITE

The MEA Group invests in robots which deburr glass-fibre-reinforced composite products automatically, leading to safer working conditions, improved product quality and higher productivity.

The MEA Group invests in robots which deburr glass-fibre-reinforced composite products automatically, leading to safer working conditions, improved product quality and higher productivity.

2015 – ACQUISITION OF ZETR

As part of its European growth strategy, the MEA Group acquires ZETR to become market leader for drainage and rainwater management in Slovakia.

As part of its European growth strategy, the MEA Group acquires ZETR to become market leader for drainage and rainwater management in Slovakia.

2014 – LAUNCH OF MEASTEP

MEASTEP is the first modular staircase system to enter the market. The grating manufacturing process in Pilsen is optimised and the production of polymer concrete drainage channels and foot scraper casings is modernised.

MEASTEP is the first modular staircase system to enter the market. The grating manufacturing process in Pilsen is optimised and the production of polymer concrete drainage channels and foot scraper casings is modernised.

2013 – ACQUISITION OF RON IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Following the acquisition of RON, MEA is the Czech Republic’s number one provider of rainwater management solutions. The MEA Group simultaneously expands its product portfolio by becoming a distributor of water gauge shafts.

Following the acquisition of RON, MEA is the Czech Republic’s number one provider of rainwater management solutions. The MEA Group simultaneously expands its product portfolio by becoming a distributor of water gauge shafts.

2012 – LAUNCH OF THE INNOVATIVE MEA CLEAN PRO

The MEA Group formulates its mission and defines a new strategy. The company acquires the Merkl Group in Augsburg. Later that same year, MEA launches a new product series to simplify cable and pipe ducts in basements. MEA develops and presents the first DIBt-certified SMC drainage channel for filtering surface water: MEA CLEAN PRO.

The MEA Group formulates its mission and defines a new strategy. The company acquires the Merkl Group in Augsburg. Later that same year, MEA launches a new product series to simplify cable and pipe ducts in basements. MEA develops and presents the first DIBt-certified SMC drainage channel for filtering surface water: MEA CLEAN PRO.

2011 – INTRODUCTION OF CONCRETE LIGHT WELLS AND REFURBISHMENT OF THE COMPANY HEADQUARTERS

The MEA Group becomes the only supplier to offer both concrete light wells and light wells made from glass-fibre-reinforced composite. Work begins on the complete refurbishment of the company headquarters in Aichach. Between now and 2013, MEA supplies more than twelve and a half miles of drainage channel for a motorway project in Romania (the ...
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The MEA Group becomes the only supplier to offer both concrete light wells and light wells made from glass-fibre-reinforced composite. Work begins on the complete refurbishment of the company headquarters in Aichach. Between now and 2013, MEA supplies more than twelve and a half miles of drainage channel for a motorway project in Romania (the biggest single order in the history of the MEA Group).

2010 – SMC PRODUCTION PLANT IN SAINT-DIÉ-DES-VOSGES UNDERGOES COMPREHENSIVE MODERNISATION

The SMC production plant in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges is comprehensively modernised. Our Chinese subsidiary is now wholly owned by the MEA Group and is in future known as MEA China.

The SMC production plant in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges is comprehensively modernised. Our Chinese subsidiary is now wholly owned by the MEA Group and is in future known as MEA China.

2009 – SALE OF THE “FASTENING SYSTEMS” BUSINESS UNIT AND LAUNCH OF THE MEAFIX AND MEAVARIO SYSTEMS

2009 is a year packed with innovations for the MEA Group, for example the launch of the MEAFIX and MEAVARIO systems. The unveiling of MEASTEP marks the start of an impressive success story for this revolutionary staircase system. MEA Befestigungstechnik GmbH (MEA Fastening Systems) is sold to the Spanish Apolo Group; however, production remains in ...
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2009 is a year packed with innovations for the MEA Group, for example the launch of the MEAFIX and MEAVARIO systems. The unveiling of MEASTEP marks the start of an impressive success story for this revolutionary staircase system. MEA Befestigungstechnik GmbH (MEA Fastening Systems) is sold to the Spanish Apolo Group; however, production remains in Aichach and all jobs there are saved.

2008 – REORGANISATION OF THE MEA GROUP

The MEA Group is split into two separate companies: Aktoris GmbH assumes responsibility for managing the Group’s real estate while MEA AG takes care of all commercial and industrial activities.

The MEA Group is split into two separate companies: Aktoris GmbH assumes responsibility for managing the Group’s real estate while MEA AG takes care of all commercial and industrial activities.

2007 – INTERNATIONALISATION OF THE MEA GROUP CONTINUES

MEA pushes ahead with its internationalisation strategy, setting up a polymer concrete works and sales office in Kunshan, China. A further facility opens in Dej (Romania) for the production of gratings. A new subsidiary is established in Ukraine and the MEA Metal Applications business unit begins manufacturing electro-welded gratings.

MEA pushes ahead with its internationalisation strategy, setting up a polymer concrete works and sales office in Kunshan, China. A further facility opens in Dej (Romania) for the production of gratings. A new subsidiary is established in Ukraine and the MEA Metal Applications business unit begins manufacturing electro-welded gratings.

2006 – MEA SUPPLIES COMPLETE DRAINAGE CHANNELS FOR THE FORMULA 1 RACETRACK IN BAHRAIN

2005 – LAUNCH OF THE MEAMAX LIGHT WELL WITH INTEGRATED HEIGHT ADJUSTABILITY

The MEAMAX system sets new benchmarks in the light well sector with its height adjustability feature. The MEA Group sells its DIY store to OBI.

The MEAMAX system sets new benchmarks in the light well sector with its height adjustability feature. The MEA Group sells its DIY store to OBI.

2004 – LAUNCH OF THE MEAEASY GRP DRAINAGE CHANNEL

2003 – LAUNCH OF THE MEAKERB KERBSTONE DRAINAGE CHANNEL

MEA acquires the Berner Group’s plug manufacturing activities. The MEAKERB kerbstone drainage channel is launched in the market.

MEA acquires the Berner Group’s plug manufacturing activities. The MEAKERB kerbstone drainage channel is launched in the market.

2002 – HANNES MEISINGER RETIRES

The heat and acoustic insulation segment is sold to the Schöck Group. MEA acquires shares in Sypro GmbH of Baden-Baden, which specialises in basement products. Hannes Meisinger, who has been in charge of the Group since 1958 and played a key part in MEA’s growth and subsequent internationalisation, enters well-earned retirement. Hans Haibel is appointed ...
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The heat and acoustic insulation segment is sold to the Schöck Group. MEA acquires shares in Sypro GmbH of Baden-Baden, which specialises in basement products. Hannes Meisinger, who has been in charge of the Group since 1958 and played a key part in MEA’s growth and subsequent internationalisation, enters well-earned retirement. Hans Haibel is appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

2000 – ESTABLISHMENT OF MEA WATER MANAGEMENT, MEA METAL APPLICATIONS AND MEA BUILDING SYSTEMS AS STRATEGIC BUSINESS UNITS

The year 2000 marks a significant watershed in the Group’s history. The company is reorganised and divided into strategic business units. MD, the specialist wholesale business, is sold to Mühl AG.

The year 2000 marks a significant watershed in the Group’s history. The company is reorganised and divided into strategic business units. MD, the specialist wholesale business, is sold to Mühl AG.

1999 – APPOINTMENT OF A NEW MANAGEMENT BOARD

For the first time in the history of the MEA Group, the Management Board is no longer solely comprised of members of the Meisinger family. Patrice Pélissier and Monika Foydl share responsibility on the new Management Board. Meisinger’s specialist wholesale business is merged later the same year with Darlapp to become MD (Meisinger-Darlapp).

For the first time in the history of the MEA Group, the Management Board is no longer solely comprised of members of the Meisinger family. Patrice Pélissier and Monika Foydl share responsibility on the new Management Board. Meisinger’s specialist wholesale business is merged later the same year with Darlapp to become MD (Meisinger-Darlapp).

1998 – ESTABLISHMENT OF A SUBSIDIARY IN POLAND

1997 – MEA IS AWARDED DIN ISO 9001 QUALITY CERTIFICATION

1996 – MEA’S DIY STORE MOVES TO AICHACH-ECKNACH

1995 – PRODUCTION FACILITY OPENS IN PILSEN

A metalworking factory and hot-dip galvanising plant are officially opened in Pilsen in the Czech Republic. SAP is implemented throughout the MEA Group.

A metalworking factory and hot-dip galvanising plant are officially opened in Pilsen in the Czech Republic. SAP is implemented throughout the MEA Group.

1994 – LAUNCH OF THE MEADRAIN AND MEAGARD DRAINAGE CHANNELS

1993 – ESTABLISHMENT OF MEA AG AND THE NEW POLYMER CONCRETE PRODUCTION FACILITY IN ZELHEM (THE NETHERLANDS)

MEA AG is established. The acquisition of the Dutch firm of Labiton, with subsidiaries in the UK and the Netherlands, helps the MEA Group expand its expertise and begin manufacturing products made from polymer concrete. A new production facility is built in Zelhem in the Netherlands.

MEA AG is established. The acquisition of the Dutch firm of Labiton, with subsidiaries in the UK and the Netherlands, helps the MEA Group expand its expertise and begin manufacturing products made from polymer concrete. A new production facility is built in Zelhem in the Netherlands.

1992 – MEALUXIT AND MEALON WINDOWS MODERNISED

1991 – MEA VENTILATION SHAFTS

MEA sells the first glass-fibre-reinforced composite (GRP) ventilation shafts and sound insulation elements.

MEA sells the first glass-fibre-reinforced composite (GRP) ventilation shafts and sound insulation elements.

1990 – PRODUCTION FACILITY FOR GRP PRODUCTS OPENS IN SAINT-DIÉ-DES-VOSGES, FRANCE

A new production facility for glass-fibre-reinforced composite (GRP) products is officially opened in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France. Our SMC manufacturing experts are still based there today.

A new production facility for glass-fibre-reinforced composite (GRP) products is officially opened in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France. Our SMC manufacturing experts are still based there today.

1988 – MEA OPENS THE OBI DIY STORE IN AICHACH

1987 – NEW FOOT SCRAPER CASINGS MADE OF GLASS-FIBRE-REINFORCED COMPOSITE

1986 – MARKET LAUNCH OF THE FIRST MEA TRACKS

1983 – PLASTIC MANUFACTURING FACILITY AND LOGISTICS CENTRE OPENED

1982 – MEARIN DRAINAGE SYSTEM AND WALL PLUG FASTENING SYSTEMS

Production of wall plug fastening systems begins. MEARIN drainage channels made from glass-fibre-reinforced composite (GRP) set out to conquer the market later the same year.

Production of wall plug fastening systems begins. MEARIN drainage channels made from glass-fibre-reinforced composite (GRP) set out to conquer the market later the same year.

1981 – MEA MANUFACTURES THE FIRST MEALON PVC WINDOWS AS A UNIVERSAL SYSTEM

1980 – MEALUXIT CASEMENT WINDOW

MEA introduces the MEALUXIT casement window made of glass-fibre-reinforced composite. A new subsidiary opens in France.

MEA introduces the MEALUXIT casement window made of glass-fibre-reinforced composite. A new subsidiary opens in France.

1976 – MEA FACTORY OUTLET MOVES FROM THE CITY CENTRE TO THE INDUSTRIAL AREA OF AICHACH

1973 – FIRST MEA LIGHT WELLS

The first light wells made of glass-fibre-reinforced composite are shipped to customers. MEA’s first subsidiaries are set up in Switzerland and Austria.

The first light wells made of glass-fibre-reinforced composite are shipped to customers. MEA’s first subsidiaries are set up in Switzerland and Austria.

1968 – HOT-DIP GALVANISING PLANT OPENS IN AICHACH

1966 – FIRST GRATINGS MANUFACTURED

1961 – MEALIT BASEMENT WINDOWS MADE OF STEEL AND PVC (BIRTH OF SMC TECHNOLOGY)

MEA begins manufacturing plastic-coated steel and PVC windows, paving the way for tomorrow’s SMC products.

MEA begins manufacturing plastic-coated steel and PVC windows, paving the way for tomorrow’s SMC products.

1955 – FIRST LOGISTICS CENTRES OPENED IN GERMANY

1935 – FIRST SLIDING GATE ROLLERS LEAVE THE PRODUCTION LINE

1933 – LAUNCH OF THE FIRST MEA STEEL BASEMENT WINDOW

1930 – THE NAME MEA – SHORT FOR MEISINGER EISENWARENFABRIK AICHACH – COMES INTO BEING

The company is christened “Meisinger Eisenwarenfabrik Aichach”.

The company is christened “Meisinger Eisenwarenfabrik Aichach”.

1905 – FIRST MAJOR ORDER FOR THE YOUNG COMPANY

The company wins its first major order to build Aichach women’s prison.

The company wins its first major order to build Aichach women’s prison.

1890 – GALVANISED STEEL GRATINGS AND WINDOWS GO INTO SERIES PRODUCTION

The first windows leave the factory. A patent application is filed for the locking system.

The first windows leave the factory. A patent application is filed for the locking system.

1886 – MATHIAS MEISINGER LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR THE MEA GROUP

The Augsburg–Aichach–Ingolstadt railway line is completed. Locksmith Mathias Meisinger sets up his own company in Aichach and lays the foundation for the MEA Group.
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