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John Mallon, Maha Ireland MD, retires

Maha Ireland recently celebrated the retirement of its long-serving managing director and founding director, John Mallon.

John retired on June 1, 2021, just one day before his 70th birthday, after working for Maha since March 1998. The company recognised John’s service with a small retirement party during the summer at its Rathcoole premises in Dublin, which was attended by friends, family and colleagues.

John Mallon, Managing Director, Maha Ireland.

After the Irish government announced its intention to introduce the NCT service here, Maha Germany decided it was an ideal time to set up a wholly owned subsidiary in Ireland.

John and Maha Germany founding director, Winfred Rauch, decided to set up Maha Ireland in March 1998. Since then, the company says it has gone from strength to strength, hitting several key milestones under John Mallon’s management and employing a total of 23 people today.

Maha Ireland has been the sole supplier of test lane equipment to the National Car Testing Service (NCTS) since 2000, with 109 test lanes in place today. It originally signed a contract with Maha Ireland in 1998 to fit out 43 vehicle test centres, including 85 test lanes.

In 2001 Maha Ireland agreed a deal with the Driver Vehicle Testing Agency (DVSA) in Northern Ireland to upgrade 15 vehicle test centres, with a total of 61 test lanes.

The company has been the sole supplier to the DVA since 2003, kitting out a total of 64 test lanes. During the years 2011 and 2012, all DVA test centres were upgraded by Maha Ireland.

Maha Ireland becomes sole supplier to the DVA in 2003.

Maha Ireland has been the leading supplier for the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) since 2005, with over 70 per cent of centres using Maha equipment across 130 test lanes.

That same year, Maha Ireland became ISO 9000 accredited. Six years later in 2011, the company achieved ISO 17025 accreditation.

Maha Ireland achieves ISO 17025 accreditation (2011).

In February 2015 Maha Ireland moved into a new purpose built 12,500 square foot premises in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. The company held the official opening in June of that year, which was attended by Maha Maschinenbau Haldenwang founder, Winfried Rauch and members of the company’s management team.

Maha Ireland’s premises in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.
Maha Maschinenbau Haldenwang founder, Winfried Rauch with John Mallon, Managing Director, Maha Ireland (2015).

A major contract was awarded to Maha Ireland back in 2009, when the NCTS needed to replace all of its equipment and open three new test centres, with 10 additional new test lanes fitted with Maha lifts and equipment. The company agreed a 10 year maintenance contract with the NCTS.

This contract was renewed in 2019 for a further decade, with Maha Ireland supplying equipment to 109 NCT lanes nationwide.

Maha products are renowned for their quality and reliability and it is the policy of Maha Ireland to provide the highest standards of professional practice and to maintain the quality of its service to all its customers.

The company fits out numerous private workshops with vehicle lifts, brake testers and test lane equipment.