History Mayer

The happiness of the right philosophy

Mayer Feintechnik traces its origins back to 1951 when it was established as Miniatur Möbel Mayer (MMM). Initially, Willy Mayer crafted intricate furniture pieces for Märklin model railways.

In the 1960s, MMM introduced cam-controlled Traub automatic lathes. However, the toy industry transitioned from wood to plastic, causing MMM to struggle with the pricing competitiveness against the contemporary market leader in model railway accessories. Despite this challenge, MMM experienced a surge in orders for industrial goods. Although toy production persisted, its significance dwindled over time as industrial goods took precedence. Eventually, the diminishing viability of miniature production led to its discontinuation.

The wave movement of success

By 1970, Mayer Feintechnik had emerged as the company's official name. Following the passing of Willy Mayer in 1971, control of the company shifted to his son, Klaus Mayer. In the subsequent year, significant advancements were made with the acquisition of electronically controlled lathes and milling machines operated through a track system, marking a notable evolution from the earlier cam-controlled machines.

These state-of-the-art machines enabled more cost-effective production of parts, a crucial advantage given the intense pricing pressure faced by both Mayer Feintechnik and its suppliers. The company's distinguished product quality attracted numerous orders, emphasizing the importance of quality even in the early stages. Customers, including Fischer & Porter (specializing in measuring and control technology) and renowned Göttingen-based companies like Zeiss, Sartorius, and Phywe, valued Mayer Feintechnik's commitment to superior products. Despite the bustling production environment, Mayer Feintechnik remained committed to its philosophy of focusing on smaller series rather than large-scale manufacturing. This approach, combined with the company's reputation for excellence, played a pivotal role in its success.

In a significant move forward in 1979, Klaus Mayer made a strategic decision to invest in cutting-edge technology. The purchase of the first computer-controlled machine, an Index EG 65, marked a revolutionary step. These Computerised Numeric Control (CNC) machines, equipped with modern control technology, enabled the automatic production of intricate molds with exceptional precision and repeatability.

Mayer Feintechnik's forward-thinking approach was evident as it became the first company in the southern Lower Saxony region to embrace such advanced, albeit expensive, technology for small series production. This strategic investment laid the foundation for the company's continued growth and development.

Beginning of a new era

In 1963, Mayer Feintechnik's initial machines were valued at around DM 10,000. A significant advancement occurred in 1991 with the acquisition of a lathe worth DM 1 million. Over the subsequent years, Mayer Feintechnik navigated challenges, including German reunification and competition from cost-effective alternatives in the East.

In 1997, determined to thrive, Klaus Mayer reinvested. The incorporation of cutting-edge computer-controlled turning and milling machines not only enhanced production speed but also sharpened the company's competitive edge, stabilizing its order flow. This success was underpinned by the company's proactive adaptation to customer needs.

In 2004, Mayer Feintechnik entered a new era under the leadership of shareholder and managing director, Frank Neuschulz. His strategic emphasis on automation and the introduction of an assembly department expanded the company's portfolio. Neuschulz assumed full ownership in 2015, paving the way for the eventual sale to ATG in 2023. This strategic move marked a significant milestone in Mayer Feintechnik's history.


  • Founded in 1951 as Miniatur Möbel Mayer

  • 1962: first 3 Traub automatic lathes were purchased

  • 1966: second building

  • 1970: third building and new name: Mayer Feintechnik

  • 1972: first electric-controlled machines (turning and milling)

  • 1979: first computer-controlled machine

  • 2004: Frank Neuschulz entered the company

  • 2014: first apprentice

  • 2015: Frank Neuschulz became sole owner

  • 2018: centralized into one building

  • 2023: entered ATG