History of the company

How it all begann

After attending the Higher Technical Institute for Electrical Engineering in Steyr and gaining 10 years of experience at EBG and ABB (BBC), MR. Komm. R. Josef Mehler founded an electrical company in an old inn in Wolfern, Upper Austria, at the beginning of 1962.

1962

Foundation of the company Mehler.

1966

In 1966, Commercial Councillor Josef Mehler built, according to the regulations at that time, pivotable asbestos cement panels with UZ fuses and neutral protection switches for the in-house requirements of the installations.

1968

Until 1968, it was also common to use wooden crates as construction site connections. Since we had a lot of construction sites, Mr. Commercial Councillor Josef Mehler began producing his own sheet metal construction site distribution boxes for in-house use.

1970er

In the early 1970s, it became a requirement that these needed to be ÖVE certified. After we achieved ÖVE certification, standardized construction site distribution boxes for electrical wholesalers were then produced.

At that time, the serial production of complete meter cabinets, which were also ÖVE certified, began. These were bent by hand using a self-made bending machine, welded with electrodes, and finished with a hammer-finish paint.

1970er

The demand for ME meters and switchgear boxes steadily increased, prompting Mr. Comm. R. Josef Mehler to continuously expand his business and acquire modern machinery. The quality and functionality of the switch cabinets were continuously improved.

1980er

As the demand for orders kept rising, a new facility (hall size 5,000m²) was built in Wolfern on a "greenfield" in 1984. Over time, the business continued to expand, resulting in a built-up area of approximately 32,000m² today.

1990

In 1990, Mr. Comm. R. Josef Mehler initiated negotiations in China for the establishment of a joint venture company. At that time, a 10-year contract was concluded (40% shares for MEHLER, 60% shares for the Chinese).

1992 - 2002

From 1992 to 2002, production of power distribution units in China specifically for the Asian market began. After the contract expired, this company was closed, and MEHLER built a completely new company on a 3-hectare plot on the outskirts of Wuhan, fully owned by MEHLER Elektrotechnik Ges.m.b.H.

2019

After 27 years of active operations in Asia, we withdrew from China. To ensure a smooth transition for our customers in China, we worked out a transitional solution with our partners in the country.

2021

The new company operates and manufactures under its own new brand in the Asian region. Since that time, there has been no business connection with MEHLER Elektrotechnik Ges.m.b.H. Austria.

We wish our partner company all the best.

Company Chronicle

A journey through our history and successes. Discover our milestones and innovations that have shaped our company and form the foundation for our future.

50 years of Mehler Elektrotechnik 1962 - 2012

Anniversary book for the 50th anniversary of the Company MEHLER Elektrotechnik Ges.m.b.H

Download 50 year folder

2024

New website incl. online product catalog

2023

PV Expansion

Expansion of our PV system to 1.4 MW

2022

Opening of our professional fitness studio for our employees.

60 years of MEHLER Elektrotechnik Company We are celebrating our 60th company anniversary.

2021

Completion of the production expansion by 4,000m²

Acquisition of an in-house testing laboratory

Thomas Mehler appointed as the new Managing Director

Alexander Mehler will leave the company as of December 31, 2021.

2020

Expansion in metal processing. We are investing in an additional punching machine.

Start of production expansion in Wolfern by 4,000m²

Construction of a 400 kWp solar power plant

2019

Acquisition of an additional automated door seal foaming system for switchgear production.

2018

Investing in the future Expansion in metal processing. We are investing in a highly flexible and automated bending center.

Construction of truck garages and intermediate storage spaces. 500m² of garage and storage hall were newly built.

2016

The first pilot project for electric truck bed cooling on the highway goes into operation.

2015

The senior boss celebrates his 80th birthday.

Start of serial production of the new ECONOMIC type-tested low-voltage systems PSC systems.

2014

Expansion of our machinery (Fully automatic punching-nipple center with the ability to process various materials in a single operation).

Market launch of the TSRM V2A/V4A stainless steel modular enclosures.

Successful arc fault testing of the type-tested low-voltage system ECONOMIC and all tests according to EN 61439 requirements.

2014

Complete program for charging infrastructure including all necessary switchgear for energy generation, storage, distribution, metering, and data recording.

Entry into the Asian market for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Expansion of an additional assembly hall with 1000m². The expansion provides the opportunity to simultaneously assemble up to 100 units of 19" cabinets.

2013

10th anniversary of MEHLER Electric Wuhan (subsidiary in China).

Market launch of TSRM aluminum modular enclosures in lightweight construction (12-fold profiled).

2012

Introduction of a complete ERP system

MEHLER Elektrotechnik is celebrating a 50-year success story.

2010/11

Construction of a warehouse and a logistics hall

2009

Patent on Charging Infrastructure Function

2008

Expansion at the Wolfern facility, additional 7,500 m²

Venturing into electromobility

2007

"Octopus" the waterproof electrical enclosure, patent

2006

Expansion at the China facility

2005

Development of a new modular cabinet system with utility model protection and patent in China

2004

Acquisition of a profiling system for DIN rails

2003

Complete construction of the production hall in China: Establishment of Mehler Electric, 100% owned by MEHLER

2002

Expansion and modernization of production in Wolfern

2000

Expansion in Wolfern, Enlargement of the Coating Facility

1999

"Commencement of 3D Design in Metal Construction Planning"

1998

Expansion and Modernization at the Wolfern Plant

1996

Expansion of the Mehler Wuhan Production

1994

Challenging Times in China

1992

Reinvention of the Connection Technology for UP and AP Control Cabinet Enclosures

1991

Establishment of the Mehler Wuhan Joint Venture

1990

Initial Talks with the Chinese Economic Delegation

1989

Expansion of the Facility

1988

Entry into Plastic Injection Molding Technology

1986

Introduction to CAD in Electrical Planning

1985

2D Design Software in the Metal Construction Planning Department

1984

New Construction and Relocation to Lange Gasse 3, 4493 Wolfern

1983

Landmark Decision: Relocation of the Site

1982

Commencement of Mass Production for Meter Panels

1979

First Powder Coating System + Curing Ovens

1977

Final Expansion at Schulstraße 5, 4493 Wolfern

1974

Commencement of Mass Production of Construction Power Distribution Units

First Computer in the Operation

1973

Acquisition of Sheet Metal Processing Machines

1972

Expansion of the Facility at Schulstraße 5, 4493 Wolfern

1970

Expansion of the lab

1969

The First Control Cabinets and Meter Panels

1965/1966

Additions at Schulstraße 5, 4493 Wolfern

1963

New Building at Schulstraße 5, 4493 Wolfern

1962

Foundation of the company Mehler.