Company history

MAJA celebrates its 60th anniversary

In July 1955, Hermann Schill sen. registered the MAJA-Maschinenfabrik in the official trade register of the town of Kehl. Since then, the small handicraft factory has grown and has proven its efficiency and innovative power over six decades. Nowadays it ranks among the world's leading manufacturers of meat processing equipment and flake ice machines!

It would be our great pleasure to celebrate the 60th anniversary of MAJA together with all our friends and business partners. For this reason, we invite you to be among our guests:

On Saturday, 27th June 2015, we will welcome our sales partners from all over the world for the opening of the party weekend at MAJA in Kehl-Goldscheuer.

On Sunday, 28th June 2015, we will organize an Open-Day event for our business partners, the general public and for our staff and their families at the MAJA premises in Goldscheuer with special attractions, demonstrations of the technical departments and catering. 


The cornerstone of the company was laid back in 1925, when the founder Hermann Schill sen. started his business by developing different machines for butcheries, such as circular bone saws, knive sharpeners and machines for crushing ice blocks.


Official foundation of the company MAJA by registration in the trade register of the town of Kehl on 15 July 1955. The company's rise through the decades of the 20th century began. The small craft enterprise from that time is nowadays one of the world's leading manufacturers of machinery for food processing.


The world's first derinding machine type SPE 58 is launched and takes off on its triumphal course through the world. It is a real revolution for meat companies, as the exhausting, time-consuming and also dangerous process of derinding meat pieces by handknive could be finally automated thanks to the new MAJA technology.

Prospekte Nostalgie


The first MAJA flake ice producing machine, series EA, is launched.


The company's founder Hermann Schill sen. dies in 1971. His three sons assume the management.


MAJA is continuously growing: In summer 1994, the new administration building is inaugurated, with offices for the MAJA-management, the accounting and HR department as well as with a coference and training room, equipped with modern presentation media.



The brothers Reinhard and Joachim Schill assume the sole management of the company. Two years later, in 1999, Berthold Gassmann is appointed Managing Director Sales.


Foundation of the daughter company MAJA Food-Technology, Inc. in Omaha / Nebraska (USA), for sales, after sales service and spare parts supply in the US.


Foundation of the MAJAtronic GmbH, Kehl-Goldscheuer; Managing Director Hartmut Ilch

MAJAtronic works on innovation projects for machines and automation systems for the food processing sector:

  • machine developments
  • automation systems
  • picture processing (also in non-food)
  • mechatronics (also in non-food)



Foundation of the French subsidiary MAJA SARL, based in Entzheim / Strasbourg (France); Managing Director Jürgen Hörter. 6 employees service the customers in France, one of the most important markets for MAJA in Europe.

Büro MAJA France


In the year 2010, MAJA can proudly look back to 55 years of company history!

And we will continue being your reliable specialist for flake ice production, derinding and skinning solutions as well as fresh meat slicing.

Not only today, but also in the future: Technology for the future - made by


Joachim Schelb took esponsibility as Global Sales Director and Procurator Attorney effective 1st July 2011.

The MAJA-Management: Joachim Schill, Joachim Schelb, Reinhard Schill


27th and 28th June 2015: Festival weekend at MAJA, celebration of the 60th anniversary of the comany

Trade shows

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April 21 - 23, 2015


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