Mayer Planting Systems, a Germany-based company that manufacturers potting machines for the horticulture industry, is celebrating a milestone in 2017 with its 50th anniversary.
George Mayer tinkered on various systems for a long time before finally unveiling the first automatic potting machine in 1967. Klaus Mayer, son of the inventor of the potting machine, has been managing the company and represents the fifth generation of his family to do so.
Today, Mayer machinery is used around the world. Here are just a couple examples of growers who have benefited from this technology.
Orchids From South Tyrol, Italy
Valtl Raffeiner’s businesses in South Tyrol and the Apulia region have long relied on the innovations provided by Mayer. The specialization of the family-run company is the cultivation of high quality orchids, and it uses two TM 1010F potting machines, three pot robots, a bale breaker, and a labeling machine supplied by Mayer.
“We have been using their equipment for years, and we always test out their latest products as soon as they come on the market,” Raffeiner says. “Our companies, Raffeiner and Floralp in Gargazon and Bozen in South Tyrol, and Südkultur based in Apulia, would not be able to function without the products provided by Mayer.”
Efficient Potting in Northern Germany
Christoph Marken, owner of the Christoph Marken GmbH & Co KG (BCM) tree nursery in Westerstede in northern Germany, has been using Mayer potting machines on his 148 acre-plus container tree nursery for more than 20 years. Seven machines are currently in operation in various production facilities focused on various aspects of cultivation.
Two years ago, Marken acquired two TM 2700 machines for his largest production facility, to which he subsequently added a Visser Greenline planter.
“We mainly pot plants in 2-liter and some 1-liter containers using this potting line, which helps us produce 4,000 units each hour,” Marken says. “Three additional TM 2400 potting machines are used for standard 2- to 7-liter units, and two TM 2020 are also used for smaller pots and 10-liter containers. The machine array is further supplemented by a TM 2018 potting machine.”
With a production capacity of up to 10,000 pots per hour, and additional features that help facilitate the production process from soil preparation to processing of the finished product, the current Mayer machine range can help a horticultural business operate efficiently and cost effectively.
The 50th anniversary of the potting machine is being celebrated with the launch of a new website. Site visitors can find the latest product innovations, and in the near future, the site will include a new online store for replacement parts, as well as personalized log-in areas for customers.