The full-range supplier
for dairies worldwide

ALPMA History


Lehen (Upper Bavaria) in 1942: dairy owner Gottfried Hain is facing problems due to the difficulty of packaging foils and a lack of personnel. A packaging machine is to change all of that. While war continues a functional machine is developed with the help of mechanical engineer Hermann Mieler. The result is promising. Other dairies are interested in Gottfried Hain’s invention.


In 1947 Alpenland Maschinenbau GmbH is founded, ALPMA for short. Suggestions from his customers have always been important to Gottfried Hain.


1953 ALPMA delivers its first machines to the home of cheese, France.

After graduating as a mechanical engineer from the Technical University of Munich, Gottfried Hain jr. practices his trade for a year in France.


Gottfried Hain jr. takes over as director of ALPMA in 1960

Under his leadership the company is relocated from Lehen to Rott am Inn and the new ALPMA premises are built. 

This company develops into a global network of companies with subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Spain, as well as having agencies in all other cheese-producing countries.


Gottfried Hain jr. is the driving force behind pioneering developments such as the COAGULATOR for the continuous production of cheese curd, the full mechanisation of cheese production with BLOCKFORMS, the CUT cutting machine for yellow and hard cheeses, as well as the SAN range of packaging machines for soft cheeses, which make ALPMA the leading supplier of dairy technology and packaging machines.


In 1991 ALPMA purchases the installation and mechanical engineering company LTH Dresden, which has approx. 80 employees and which then expands its activities to include the area of Process Technology.

2000 - 2005

Gottfried Hain successfully leads the company into the new millennium with his sense for technical innovations and market demands.

In the year 2000 his son Mathias joins the company and takes on a managerial role. 2003 Gisbert Strohn starts work at the company.

In 2005 Mathias Hain and Gisbert Strohn become Managing Directors of ALPMA. Gottfried Hain remains on the company board and consults as an advisory shareholder.

2007 - 2009

The year 2007 is a year of mourning for the company. Sadly in March Mathias Hain, aged just 42, passes away following a serious illness.

In 2009 ALPMA intensifies its commitments in France by purchasing its competitor, Servi Doryl. This rounds off ALPMA’s range of products to include the Bassine technology, which is typical to France, thus completing ALPMA’s range of cheese moulds.

2010 - 2012

In 2010 Frank Eberle joins the ALPMA management, so that ALPMA’s traditional dual leadership is once more in place.

2012: ALPMA Turkey and ALPMA USA are founded.


In mid-September ALPMA celebrated its 70 years jubilee with invited guest from all over the world. Several thousands of visitors attended the celebration.


In the beginning of 2019 ALPMA wrapped up the most important new development, when it acquired a majority stake in Swiss plant engineering company SULBANA, which specialises in equipment for the processing of mozzarella and sliced cheese, thus further strengthening ALPMA’s position as market and technology leader.


At the end of the year 2022, Gisbert Strohn (pictured right), long-time managing director of the ALPMA Group, retired. He successfully managed the ALPMA for almost two decades.

Michael Weber (center) – previously in the position of 'Head of Operations', will succeed Gisbert Strohn in the role of MD. He joined ALPMA in 2018 and has been part of the management team from the start. As before, ALPMA is still run by a joint management team.