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MHP Canvas production


It’s time to automate!
The pioneers of automated canvas stretching and frame assembly!
Made in Berlin since 1990!

MHP brings over 30 years of stretching experience to technologies that simply work for producers. MHP machines are fast, flexible, and efficient. Our technology produces high quality product and truly stretches canvas for perfect, drum-tight quality.

It all starts in the 1980s through close connections between Kay Montag and the established artist scene in West-Berlin. He caters to its demand for quality art supplies and in 1990 establishes the company Montag, Hampl & Partner in city-center Berlin.

Since then, MHP has produced art supplies and services related to art, handicrafts, and hobbies in this creative city. A major focus has always been the production of stretched canvases. MHP offers a full range of canvas from museum-quality individual units to digital art POD (print-on-demand) as well as serial prints to industrial-scale production

This is where MHP Technology is born. Driven by increasing demand with an optimal cost structure, Kay Montag and his team develop automated solutions for assembling and stretching canvas frames.

In 2008, the first ever fully automated production machine is brought to market. The MHP SP Speedmaster revolutionizes the industry at a yield of 250 units per hour.

With it, MHP invents the automated frame assembler, the MHP PLUG, for the fastest automation of tongue-and-groove frames known to man – 40 units per minute.

As applications broaden and more production flexibility is sought, including just-in-time production in digital printing, MHP introduces the MHP ST Stretchmaster in 2010, the first semi-automatic solution. The ST brings huge flexibility and efficiency to shorter runs with frequent format changes.

In 2013, the equipment series is expanded with the invention of the MHP VPLUG. frame assembly machine for v-nailed frames.

In 2014, the MHP SF SpeedF is ready, the all-rounder bringing flexibility and large format production to high volume operations. The SF has become MHP Technology’s flagship machine. The SF together with the VPLUG are found in modern production companies on multiple continents, building the most flexible and efficient production workflow in the stretched canvas industry.

In 2021, MHP presents the newest generation fully automated canvas stretching. The MHP ULTRA produces up to 400 units per hour! No operator needed during autonomous operation with an automated feeder and loading module – the newest high-tech innovation!

The MHP Ultra enters beta-production in 2022. This newest generation of fully automated canvas stretching can produce up to 400 units per hour! The machine is being prepared for commercialization in 2024.

MHP introduces its new Easy Series in 2023 with the launch of the MHP EasyFrame assembly machine.

Technology – Made in Germany. For more than 30 years, customers have relied on MHP for consulting, engineering, and training in the context of production automation for stretched canvas.

Engineered by producers for producers: MHP’s sister company, MHP – Das Keilrahmen Werk®, is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of artist canvas. Thus, MHP knows first-hand what it takes to be an efficient, flexible, and high-volume manufacturer of high quality stretched canvas products.