meta Cubicle Systems - 50 years of growth and success
1955: Rengsdorf timber merchant Claus Weidemann starts working as a sales representative for a joinery and interior finishing company in nearby Kurtscheid. The business develops well in the following years. Largest customer is the German army, which builds several barracks in the Koblenz region during the Cold War era.
1965: Claus Weidemann is increasingly dissatisfied with the customer service and starts his own "metal and plastic processing" company: This marks the birth of meta Trennwandanlagen GmbH & Co. KG. The workshop manager of the company in Kurtscheid, Herbert Becker, joins him as the first member of staff.
1973: Claus Weidemann's son, Curt Uwe, joins the company and completes his training as a wholesale merchant.
1974: Introduction of the Cubicle System 40 FB, one of the first sanitary installations with a flush design, i.e. without protruding profiles.
1985: meta opens a branch in Singapore, "mbs - meta building supplies". Simon Lee, who had sold meta products in Singapore in the years before, becomes the CEO.
1989: meta becomes one of the first companies to use HPL panels for its cubicle systems for heavily used wet areas. The facade of the meta office building is also covered in these panels.
1990: Uwe Weidemann takes over the management of the company.
1991: Environmental protection becomes the number one topic. Two full-time employees are appointed as environmental officers and mandated to find ways to reduce waste and prevent pollution and the use of harmful substances.
1992: meta introduces the Cubicle System 30 KG for kindergartens at the Leipzig Construction Trade Fair. This cubicle system is specifically tailored to the needs of young children, the emphasis of the design is on safety and child-friendliness.
1993: meta becomes a pioneer of civilian vehicle tracking and uses the INMARSAT-C system for optimising the routes of the company's truck fleet.
1995: The SWR3 TV series "Die Macher" introduces personalities from the world of business, politics and culture, who have distinguished themselves by special achievements. One episode focuses in particular on the human side of the company meta and its CEO, Uwe Weidemann.
2002: The first two KUKA industrial robots are introduced and named "Horst" and "Helmi" in memory of two distinguished colleagues.
2009: The establishment of a fully automated high-bay warehouse. All profiles and accessories for an order can be picked "with a single mouse-click".
2010: The revolutionary LaserTec procedure is introduced, where edging is not glued, but precision-welded using lasers.
2011: Uwe Weidemann becomes a member of the SME Advisory Committee at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The committee advises the Minister on matters impacting small and medium-sized enterprises that arise as a consequence of structural changes to the domestic and world economy.
2015: 50-year anniversary. meta currently employs 81 staff members. In addition, there are approx. 40 meta consultants throughout Germany, serving as advisers "in the field".