Albino Maia, started the manual and handmade manufacture of brushes in an annex in his home, a place where he also served as an animal guard, in Arcozelo, place of the Grades Verdes, Vila Nova de Gaia.
The company is born in Arcozelo, Vila Nova de Gaia, to expand the production of brushes and adding brushes and other accessory painting products.
The growth in its turnover, with 20 employees, means that there is a mandatory need to expand, building new facilities, having been the first company to be incorporated in the parish of Gulpilhares, Vila Nova de Gaia.
It starts the manufacture of brooms and brushes, thus diversifying the products manufactured in the conquest of new markets.
The upward trend in sales demanded an increase in the workforce, reaching 60 employees. Allied to this growth, and since everything was manufactured manually, it acquires automatic equipment, Josef Baer, for mixing bristles and natural fibers used in the manufacture of its products.
Until then being the method of manual manufacture, the company acquires its first automatic machine for the manufacture of brooms, brushes and brushes, being the first machine Zahoranskyin Portugal. In the following years it acquired four more machines and complementary equipment.
The company undergoes changes in its corporate name and type of company, maintaining, company and capital, only family. The second generation, Fernando Maia gave a new dynamism to the activity developed and made the company a reference in the national brush industry.
In the 1980s, there was a period of great difficulties caused by fierce competition and the high number of active employees. Honesty and transparency have been factors of trust with our employees and business partners.
Given the market demand, combined with the experience acquired over the years, the production of technical and industrial brushes has successfully started.
Death of the founding partner, Albino Maia.
Reformulation of the entire layout of the company, from works to adapt facilities, purchase and replacement of productive and administrative equipment, reform of the company's staff, commercial management policy and even the introduction of new product ranges.
The ambition and desire of many years combined with professional pride, leads us to the creation of an industry, MAIA – Indústria de Monofilamentos, with a historic investment, assembly of a complete line for the manufacture of PVC monofilaments, its main raw material.
Born, MAIA – Indústria de Injecção de Termoplásticos, as a final investment complement in the plastics area, together with the acquisition of injection molds of innovative design.
First participation in the exhibition hall, Exposalão - Batalha. In the following years, he participated in five annual national fairs (Exposalão, FIL and Exponor) and one international, Madrid - Spain.
Third generation of the Maia family takes over, the Grupo MAIA ®, a new clarification of the objectives of the group of companies, led to their integration and merger in order to enhance the market competitiveness more strongly.
Under the maxim «not a single market, not a single customer, not a single product», The Grupo MAIA ® develops a business verticalization strategy, with the aim of achieving leadership in technical and industrial products.
Moving to new and modern facilities for the Industrial Zone of Ovar.
It concludes after long years in this activity, that, after all, our final product was only a raw material.
The most authentic thing was to have taught generations of men and women.
Founder, Albino Maia
(1906 – 1991)