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50 years of sanitary products. 50 years of innovations. 50 years of experience.

All this is reflected in the history of the company. You will find here and in our company chronicle the most important milestones and what the company MEPA stands for today.

Images from MEPA’s history: You can also see employees, locations, fair stands, advertising materials and products as a video slide show.

1963 - Company foundation

In Rheinbreitbach near Bonn, the master craftsmen Willi Pauli and Leo Menden found the company as a classic workshop for heating and sanitary installation. From the start, the high standards of quality and the consistent orientation to the wishes of customers have been the cornerstones of the philosophy of the company founders. This has not changed until today.

Willi Pauli and Leo Menden with their wives.

1969 - First visionary ideas

It was an innovation, the first height-adjustable tub base, which for MEPA marked the transition from a workshop to a producing industrial company at the end of the 1960s and which revolutionised the installation of bathtubs for craftsmen.


1975 - More room for innovations

MEPA’s success makes an expansion of capacities necessary. The company moves to today’s location in Rheinbreitbach. Here the office, production and warehouse area is clearly extended several times in the following years.


1987 - Modern wall-mounted technology

As one of the first German companies, MEPA develops a system for sanitary wall-mounted installation in dry construction. This technology enables a faster, more efficient and clean renovation of the bathroom. In the same year, marketing of electronic flushing systems begins.

Latest MEPA VariVIT wall-mounted installation systems

1994 - New subsidiary plant

A new subsidiary plant comes into being in Pegau near Leipzig. An own plastic injection moulding manufacturing is set up here. At the same time, production and marketing of industrial prefabrication of wall-mounted installation systems begins.

1995 - Modern premises

Within the bounds of a comprehensive new building, a new office building and a training centre come into being at the company’s headquarters in Rheinbreitbach.

1997 - Investment in electronics

With the acquisition of the Dipl. Ing. Robert Kühnel GmbH in Vienna, the company extends it core competences by the sanitary electronics sector. The investment in this future technology enables MEPA now to independently develop and produce sanitary-electronic solutions for the private, commercial and public area.

2003 - New location in Vienna

Following the successful integration of the Vienna subsidiary company and its name change to MEPA Wien, the company moves to a new modern company building in the south of Vienna.

2003 - The Air-WC

With the Air-WC, MEPA brings to the market a cistern with added value. The innovative product has an integrated odour extraction which discharges “polluted air” via the flushing pipe from the WC thus ensuring consistent hygiene within the bathroom.


2006 - The first MEPA cistern

With the concealed cistern "Sanicontrol R11", MEPA introduces an independently developed and produced cistern for the first time. In this cistern, a revolutionary system is used which can do completely without any gaskets and movable parts underwater.

MEPA Air-WC with the latest UPSK A31 and UPSK R11

2009 - The first shower channel for wall mounting

MEPA ushers in a new era with the design of floor-flush showers. Because with the innovative TersoWALL shower channel, the entire technology is housed in the wall for the first time. The desire for a continuous tile pattern in connection with an almost invisible water run-off can now be satisfied at last.

Latest shower channel TersoWALL

2012 - Innovative bathtub and shower tray rim sealing tape

With MEPA Aquaproof, a completely new bathtub and shower tray rim sealing tape celebrates its premiere significantly simplifying the installation of permanently watertight joint configurations of shower trays and bathtubs. The characteristic feature is an elastic and flexible sealing surface. It ensures that a stress-free and custom-fit sealing of the bathtub to the building body is dead simple - even in the corner area.

2015 - Surface flush plate MEPA Mondo

The range of flush plates is extended by a new, independent design. As a stylish design element, the surface flush plate Mondo attracts all the attention in the bathroom. The large-scale flush plate consciously stages itself and thus stands out from the classic design of surface flush plates.

MEPA today - Modern structures

Today the MEPA - Pauli und Menden GmbH is still an owner-managed family company with two locations, the know-how of which sales partners and customers throughout Europe and beyond rely upon. Under the corporate brand of MEPA, systems for mounting bathtubs and shower trays, solutions for floor-flush showers, wall-mounted systems for dry wall and wet wall construction as well as sanitary electronics for washstands, WCs and urinals are produced and marketed.

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