From visionary pioneer to global player
Starting as a small family business in the Swabian town of Esslingen, Mahr has stood for innovative metrology, metering pumps and ball bearing guides all over the world for almost 160 years. As a leading company, we have developed from visionary pioneer to global player. We are proud of having achieved and accompanied many technical milestones and we will continue to pursue this claim on ourselves – we are ready for the new technologies of the future.
The parent company is founded by Carl Mahr in Esslingen am Neckar. The first product is the caliper gage, which in the following years will be a valuable and indispensable tool, especially in the expansion of the railway network.
Introduction of the meter
One of the most important dates in Mahr's history: With the introduction of the meter and thus the standardization of inch, foot, cubit, rod and mile, Mahr's meter rulers and calipers could be sold to workshops and factories throughout the region.
The Rocking Horse
Mahr develops the first mechanical length measuring machine that achieves an accuracy of 1/1.000 mm when read off the vernier: the rocking horse.
German Standardization Committee
Oscar Mahr, the son of the company founder Carl, who died in 1899, is co-founder of the German Standards Committee and managing director of the Esslingen factory (Figure).
Feinprüf GmbH in Göttingen
After the death of his father Oscar, Carl Mahr II manages to expand the family business: the factory in Göttingen is opened. The business flourishes, Mahr's punctuality and accuracy is highly appreciated by customers.
Spinning pump production
After the war, the Mahr company continues to gain in importance and expands its area of competence: in addition to the production of precision tools for industry, the spinning pump production starts operations.
Production of the first ball bearing guides
The expansion of the product range is progressing: under the management of Carl Fritz Mahr, the son of Carl Mahr II, the portfolio is supplemented by the production of ball bearing guides.
Start of internationalization
With increasing importance for plastics on the market, the production of spinning pumps is experiencing an upswing. The foundation stone for Mahr's global career is laid and the first foreign companies are founded in France and the USA - the beginning of the internationalization of the Mahr Group. From here, under the management of Thomas Keidel, the great-great-grandson of the company founder, Mahr expands both its locations around the world and its product range.
Mahr Metering Systems GmbH
The branch for spinning pump production "Feinprüf Spinnpumpen" becomes independent: "Mahr Metering Systems GmbH" is founded.
After turbulent years and events such as the financial crisis in 2009, Mahr finds its way back to its old strength. Shareholder Stephan Gais leads the company as CEO and Chairman of the Management Board. Supported by the resumption of the economic upswing, he leads Mahr to the highest sales year in the company's history to that point.
Patented wirelss technology
Mahr's electronic handheld measuring devices are equipped with wirless technology, which is a real innovation.
Expansion of management
The management team is restructured. In addition to CEO and Chairman Stephan Gais, the management team includes three other members. In 2016, Manuel Hüsken joins as authorized signatory and VP Global Sales. From 2019 onwards, he leads sales, marketing, application technology, service and the Engineered Solutions division as Managing Director. For the Mahr Group, he is appointed CSO and member of the Group Executive Board.
Digitalization & new markets
One of the strengths of the globally active Mahr Group is its innovative strength, especially for the aerospace, mechanical engineering, automotive, medical technology, photonics and electronics industry, and the energy sector. There is movement in the world: Topics such as electromobility and digitalization are becoming increasingly important and are thus part of Mahr's strategy for the future. CEO Stephan Gais moves to the Advisory Board of the Mahr Group in 2021 and hands over the position of CEO and Chairman of the Management Board to Manuel Hüsken.