Herbert Mayrhofer, the founder of MHM Austria, passed away at the end of June in Kufstein, Austria at the age of 76.
He founded MHM Austria in 1980 and designed the MHM press which became the gold standard for automatic screen printing machines.
Despite stepping back from MHM Austria in 2009, Herbert continued to innovate and was responsible for developing the independent drive system seen on the iQ Oval today.
Herbert was a very close friend of MHM Direct GB’s managing director John Potter. The pair first met in 1990 and a deep friendship developed over the coming years, with John eventually becoming the dealer for MHM in the UK in 1996.
John had this to say: “Herbert was almost like a father to me. He was a very close family friend. Even our children were born within months of each other. I used to visit him whenever I went skiing in Austria and we saw each other as often as we could.
“Herbert set the standard by which all others followed. Most of the time saving features that matter to screen printers that you see on screen printing machinery today were designed by Herbert. A common saying among dealers was ‘often copied, but never bettered’. He made the industry what it is today.”
Herbert was a well-known figure across the industry and will be missed by many.