2017 marks 90 years in business for warewasher manufacturer, Meiko. UK MD Paul Anderson commented: “90 years of history is a significant achievement. Technically, Meiko leads the warewashing market with many of the innovations we take for granted today. But more importantly, Meiko has always set the highest standards for the delivery of its customer service and technical services support.
“Meiko forms a significant part of the history of commercial warewashing and the company’s story shows how it successfully brings together its long history and a dominant position in the marketplace.”
Meiko CEO Dr Stefan Scheringer is convinced that, “this is an extremely rare combination,” going on to explain that, “the average age of a German company is 18 years according to the Creditreform index. Only 1.5% of German companies still in operation are over 100 years old. That means Meiko must have been doing something right since 1927.”
Scheringer is only the company’s eighth CEO: “That shows that Meiko is a company which is deeply rooted in its values,” he believes. “We are driven by innovation and yet also sustained by our reliability and by our conservatism, in the best sense of the word.
“First and foremost, that means that we offer our employees, as well as our customers, stability, identity, safety and security.”
He added: “One single decision can sometimes make the difference between a company collapsing or surviving for decades. The risk takers don’t survive structural changes, economic crises and world wars. Those who do are the kind who concentrate on enhancing their own performance day after day, incrementally, but continuously working on improvements.”
Meiko feels its big innovations and improvements for its customers arise from this process. “We are close to our customers. And we have the will, not only to make the world a cleaner place, but to do so in a more intelligent way,” commented Scheringer.
The Meiko Service department, too, plays its part in creating the products’ reputation: more than 600 employees work in service internationally, in its respective local subsidiaries, plus 4,500 authorised service technicians around the globe. These people should ensure that machines can be operational again within hours if a problem arises.