1837

Founded by Valentin Mehler as handcrafters of table linen.


1887

Relocation to the company’s current site on Edelzeller Straße and mechanisation of the weaving mill.
Turnover: 66,422 Gold Marks. Employees: 53


1903

New focus in the production operation,
specialising on waterproof woven materials for tent squares, tarpaulins and horse blankets. Initially 6 looms.


1915

Conversion into a limited company

1926

Clothing production begins


1930

Mehler vehicle fleet


1932

First production of marquees


1933

Expansion of clothing production with an emphasis on men’s and women’s coats and skiing anoraks


1935

The company starts making cord twine and weaves for tyre production


1937

Turnover: 11m Reichsmarks. Employees: 1,301


1938

Expropriation of the majority shareholder


1944

A bomb strike on the ‘Krätzbachbunker’ kills 700 people, including 451 employees


1945

In trustee ownership


1952

Returned to the former owner


1965

Acquisition of textile and clothing factory Wighardt Textil- und Bekleidungswerke GmbH in Fulda


1966

Range of technical textiles expanded

Production of coated tarpaulin materials begins



1970

Acquisition of clothes makers Pfeffermann in Hünfeld


1972

Incorporation into the Glöggler Group


1973/74

Acquisition of clothing companies Trend Tex fashion GmbH of Fulda, R. G. Walker GmbH of Straubing and Valmeline of Tarragona


1975

Excerpt from an earlier company brochure:
‘Mehler - Your partner for textile military equipment’


1976

The company leaves the Glöggler Group and a majority shareholding is taken by the Hessische Landesbank and the Bank für Gemeinwirtschaft


1982

Clothes making operation spun off by setting up subsidiaries Valmeline Bekleidung GmbH and Fulwiline Mode GmbH


1984

Covert protective vest
from the early eighties


1986

Technical manufacturing operation
spun off by setting up
Mehler Vario System GmbH


1986

Verselbständigung der technischen
Konfektion durch Neugründung
der Mehler Vario System GmbH


1987

Mehler celebrates 150th company anniversary



1988

Production of technical textiles spun off by setting up subsidiary Mehler GmbH
Mehler AG becomes the financial and management holding company


1989

Mehler protective vest saves life


1990

Mehler protective vest again saves life


1991

Majority shareholding taken in plastics processing company Caplast Kunststoffverarbeitungs GmbH & Co KG of Nordkirchen-Capelle

Acquisition of tent manufacturers Suntime-Zelte Walter Hluchy GmbH of Kassel

The camping division of Mehler Vario System GmbH spun off under the name Mehler Camping GmbH, Fulda


1992

Majority shareholding taken in SA Tissus Techniques de Trevoux of Lyon
The rubber textiles division of Mehler GmbH spun off under the name Mehler Industrietextilien GmbH

Mehler GmbH renamed Mehler Technische Textilien GmbH

The camping activities of Gottschalk & Co GmbH of Kassel spun off under the name Gottschalk & Co Camping GmbH

Acquisition of F + W Technische Fäden GmbH of Hessisch Lichtenau


1993

Acquisition of the companies of the Lückenhaus Group of Wuppertal

Entry into the Chinese market for technical yarns on the basis of a joint venture with F + W Industrial Yarns Co Ltd of Wujiang; full takeover in 1999

Mehler ballistic woven fabrics protect the crew of the Trans-All during the airlift to Sarajevo


1994

The clothing activities of P. A. Lückenhaus GmbH & Co of Wuppertal are spun off under the name Lückenhaus Seidenstoffe GmbH & Co and the technical textiles division under the name Lückenhaus Technische Textilien GmbH & Co, Wuppertal

The manual services division of the site maintenance operation of Mehler Technische Textilien GmbH is spun off under the name Mehler Engineering & Service GmbH


1996

Acquisition of Haku Hammersteiner Kunststoffe GmbH of Hückelhoven. Market sector: coated woven fabrics Camping division concentrated into Mehler Camping GmbH and company base relocated from Fulda to Radolfzell Clothing business of Valmeline Bekleidung GmbH and Fulwiline Mode GmbH given up Sale of the Gottschalk car upholstery and Gottschalk/Mehler awnings divisions Mehler Vario System receives the first big order for 30,000 protective vests for the Swiss Army


1997/98

Shares acquired by Daun & Cie AG of Rastede

Majority shareholding taken by KAP Beteiligungs-AG of Stadtallendorf


1998

Merger of F + W Wolfcord GmbH of Hessisch Lichtenau with Mehler Industrietextilien GmbH of Fulda and new company set up as Mehler Engineered Products GMBH of Fulda

Merger of Haku Hammersteiner Kunststoffe GmbH of Hückelhoven with Mehler Technische Textilien GmbH of Fulda and renaming as Mehler Haku GmbH of Fulda

Personal protective equipment division of Mehler Technische Textilien GmbH spun off and merged into Mehler Vario System GmbH of Flieden


1999

Operational entry into the North American market by setting up Mehler Inc. and Mehler Engineered Products Inc. in Martinsville, Virginia and by building a new production facility for making technical yarns and woven fabrics in the country

Mehler Coated Fabrics Inc. also set up in Martinsville. Beschichtete Gewebe

Founding of MB Security GmbH, Sittensen

Company base relocated to Fulda in 2000; sales and marketing of the range of personal protective equipment products


2000/2001

Sale of the automotive equipment division of Mehler Vario System GmbH and relocation from Flieden to Fulda

Relocation of Mehler Camping GmbH from Radolfzell to Flieden
Merger of Lückenhaus GmbH of Wuppertal with Synteen Textiltechnologie GmbH of Erzingen and renaming as Synteen & Lückenhaus Textil-Technologie GmbH, Erzingen. Wuppertal site closed in 2002

Founding of Mehler Logistics GmbH, Hückelhoven
Business activity: transportation and distribution

Mehler Engineering & Service GmbH’s specialist IT/SysCoNet division spun off under the name it-novum GmbH, Fulda


2002

SIA Technolen Baltic set up in Riga, Latvia, for the sale and distribution of coated materials


2003

Elbtal Plastics GmbH & Co. KG set up in Coswig (producer of technical films and sealing membranes)


2004

Founding of Mehler Polska Sp. z o.o. for the sale and distribution of large-format banner materials for digital and screen-printing

Ballistic Protective Systems set up in Serbia to round off the group’s portfolio in the area of personal protective equipment


2005

Founding of Coatec s.r.o. in Slovakia for special extrusion coatings

Renaming of Mehler Haku GmbH and pooling of brush and calender coating activities within the Mehler Texnologies Group



2008

Sale of Mehler Texnologies GmbH

BAPS - construction and relocation into new company building in Serbia

Founding of a further subsidiary in Serbia, Mehler Protective Systems (MPS)


2010

Relocation of KAP Beteiligungs-AG company headquarters to Fulda

Founding of subsidiary company MVS: Mehler Engineered Defence


2012

Mehler celebrates 175th company anniversary


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For more than 30 years Mehler has been making protective vests for the police, military and special forces. Over 2,000 different models and more than 500 certified ballistic structures have been developed in close collaboration with the users and more than 500,000 protective vests delivered to customers all over the world.

Today, Mehler is active in over 40 countries and valued as a reliable, innovative partner.

Since 1837 high-quality technical textiles are produced at Mehler. Many years of know-how relating to every stage of the process facilitate fully integrated production of our products at a consistently high level of quality.

We invite you on this page to take an interactive journey through time. Travel with our time banner through the key stages in the history of Mehler Vario System.