100+ years of history

Exyte has a rich history spanning over 100 years. Our origin is in Stuttgart, Germany. Today, Exyte is active with locations around the globe as we continue delivering some of the most challenging technology facilities in the world. Follow our development from an “inventor of a wood chip extractor” to an “EPC contractor for semiconductor facilities”. 


Karl Meissner and Paul Wurst (“M+W”) founded the Company in Stuttgart, Germany, filing their first patent for a wood chip extractor.


M+W Group is a leading supplier of HVAC systems, a pioneer in cleanroom technology and an equipment supplier for the semiconductor, pharma, R&D and energy industries.


We supplied all airflow equipment for the largest nuclear power station of its time in Germany.


Our semiconductor facility in Taiwan marks a milestone for Advanced Technology Facilities as its first large project in Asia.

1987: 75-year anniversary with sales of €75m


We were named the lead contractor for various semiconductor projects in what was known as “Silicon Saxony” in Germany. We also signed our first major contract for a largescale flat panel display production facility in Taiwan, while continuing to develop a strong presence in the United States and China.

1994: M+W becomes part of Jenoptik AG, Jena, Germany

1998: Merger with Zander Klimatechnik to form M+W Zander


Set up of new segments, such as Pharmaceutical & Health, Photovoltaics, Science & Research and Data Centers

2001: Acquisition of Lang und Peitler (automation business)

2008: M+W acquired by Stumpf Group; order intake of €1.3bn


Global expansion and major EPC contracts worldwide, such as biotechnology and pharmaceutical projects in Europe or large semiconductor and flat panel projects in Asia and the United States.

2010: Facility Management Zander was sold.

2012: M+W Group celebrates the 100-year anniversary and storied history as a leading global engineering services and construction company with a jubilee for clients and employees.


In 2018, our brand name was updated to reflect our forward-thinking strategy and to emphasize the bright future ahead of us. For this, the core activities of M+W Group have been transformed into a new group 'Exyte'.

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