The story of Hama

Malte Haaning Plastic A/S was founded by Malte Haaning in 1961. The company started off by making plastic drinking straws, then developed its production to include items such as cocktail sticks, skipping ropes, fly swatters, bird feeders and a host of other fun things.

When there turned out to be a greater demand for beads than manufacturers at that time were able to cope with, Malte Haaning decided to give this a go.

Midi Beads first saw the light of day in 1971, and even now they are by far our biggest sellers. The Mini and Maxi sizes came into being later.

In 1984, the HAMA name was registered as a trademark. It derives from the name of the founder of the company: HA = the first two letters of his surname, and MA = the first two letters of his first name.

Other product groups gradually came into being as a natural continuation of our product development: Stick Mosaik, Maxi Stick and Miss Hama.

We sell Hama products to more than 50 countries worldwide.