Post-war period in Berlin. The company in which Alfred Gebauer and Kurt Thiede worked as managers lies in ruins, everything is destroyed and there is no chance that they will be employed. Then an opportunity arose for the two of them to find new employment in a small production plant for laboratory devices. But as the conflict between East and West intensified in the early fifties and since the employer was in the Soviet sector of Berlin, they decided to found what would now be called a start-up in West Berlin, more specifically in the French sector. So on 1 May 1951 the operation of the two founders Alfred Gebauer and Kurt Thiede started as Gebauer & Co. with two mechanics employed. The founders had the idea of focusing exclusively on hygiene in the medical and dental sector, and this focus has been continued by MELAG Medizintechnik to this day. Let us look at the remarkable development of this family company in the past 65 years.