MAIER Packaging becomes part of OPTIMA packaging group


As of June 1, 2018, MAIER packaging GmbH will be a fully-owned subsidiary of OPTIMA packaging group GmbH, Schwaebisch Hall. The two companies share a long-standing business relationship that will now be taken to the next level.

Maier Packaging with headquarters in Grassau near lake Chiemsee, Bavaria, currently has 44 employees. The company has been set up in 1985 by Stefan Maier and is now a leader in special solutions for production and packaging lines in dairy industry.

“Versatile, quick and flexible” – this is how the company’s founder Stefan Maier sums up his company’s philosophy. Its focus is on revamping and optimizing existing yogurt thermoforming and filling lines, building of individual modules for form fill seal machines (FFS), building of banding and labeling systems and punch and mold manufacturing. Most customers are in the dairy and food industry.

Since October 2017, the company has been headed by Alban Hutter. When taking over the management, he returned to this former workplace. From 1999 to 2005 he has been head of design at Maier Packaging. He then transferred to a world leader in filling and packaging lines for beverages and liquid food to lead their R&D department.

Alban Hutter sees advantages for both sides in this new constellation, “We look forward to further intensifying our close cooperation with Optima, thus creating new synergies that will benefit customers of both companies”.

Company founder Stefan Maier will withdraw from operational management but will remain with the company in an advisory role.

In order to be prepared for future growth, the company will move to new premises early in 2019. Start of construction will be June 1, 2018. The new building is expected to be ready for occupancy by end of February 2019. The 32,000 square feet building will provide sufficient space and a modern work environment to meet future needs.

Optima with headquarters in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, teams with its subsidiaries to design and build packaging machines, filling machines and production lines for pharmaceutical, consumer, nonwovens and life science products – from single standard machines to complete complex turnkey systems. Whether custom solutions or modular standard units, functions are consistently tailored to the specific needs of the customers and their industries. Optima is the worldwide leader in packaging technologies for many fields. Founded in 1922, the family-owned and operated business is in its third generation and employs a workforce of 2,250. With Maier Packaging, Optima now has 5 locations in Germany and 14 abroad. An export share of 85% is indicative of the company’s international standing.