70 YEARS A RELIABLE PARTNER
MEAF is a company that attaches value to machines that are good at handling the environment, sustainable by working in an energy-efficient way and allowing recycling of raw materials.
MEAF wants to grow by applying knowledge and innovation to develop high-quality market-conform extruders without losing its flexibility.
The MEAF factory’s nerve centre consists of the state-of-the-art design department. From the Solid Edge design, the workshop translates precision from concept into finished tooling with very tight tolerances. The Sales & Marketing team assisted ably by the Technical Service department helps to evolve the so-called concept-to-commerce strategies in close liaison with the customer.
The customers infrastructural planning is ably supported and assisted in calculating needs of utilities, energy and material balances, feasibility studies and occasionally even presenting to the customers financial institutions the cost calculations etc. These have all contributed considerably to the phenomenal success of the MEAF range of machines from producing/extruding sheet to thermoforming and vacuumforming!
MEAF was established in 1947 by a young man with golden hands. Just after World War II there was a great shortage of all sorts of utensils and Adriaan Hovestadt was ready to produce them all. MEAF’s name originates from its origins as a modest one-man company, Metaalwaren En Apparaten Fabriek – Metalwork and Equipment Factory. In the following years he would conquer the market with an eclectic variety of products.
With the introduction of plastic, MEAF started to produce jerry cans, lifebuoys, bollards and even surf boards. Over time Adriaan Hovestadt also started to construct the machines that manufactured these products himself. His unfailing urge to find solutions and to innovate made him known as “The Inventor”.
So much so that His Royal Highness Prince Claus paid him a visit in 1967, and twenty years later he was awarded a Royal Golden Medal of Honour.
Nowadays MEAF is still domiciled in Yerseke, solidly rooted in the past and continuously innovating its technology, MEAF evolved into a reliable player in the extrusion and thermoforming industry. Over the last sixty years, it has grown into a flourishing concern, exporting its products all over the world!