Commercial parasols and market umbrellas

Commercial parasols are given a very special place of use and must therefore meet high requirements. They must reliably protect as large an area as possible from the sun and rain, must not restrict footpaths too much, must fit visually into the overall picture and should also be as easy to operate as possible.


Our parasol solutions come from our own production, are statically tested and are available in a diverse selection to suit your catering business. We support you at our international locations from the first design draft to the finished assembly and, of course, beyond that with maintenance and repair work. In our product development, we place great emphasis on durable, easy-to-maintain and smooth-running umbrella systems that are specially tailored to the high demands of the catering industry.



High-quality gastronomy parasols produced in house

With us you get gastronomy sunshades from our own production, which are tailor-made for your business with personal, competent advice.

Commercial Parasol: History and definition

The parasol as an individual accessory, canopy or large-scale shelter for gastronomy has probably been known in Asian countries since pre-medieval times. In European countries, it first appeared in increasing numbers from the 16th century onwards and thanks to the official introduction of Maria de Medici at court in France in the 17th century. Since then, it has been considered an important accessory and served above all to preserve the light skin colour that was considered distinguished.

Nowadays, parasols protect gastronomy and visitors less for fashion than for practical purposes and serve above all to avoid being blinded by the sun or drenched by the rain during cosy get-togethers.

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Places of use for the gastro parasol

High-quality parasols for the catering trade are mainly used in beer gardens, on terraces, in green areas and on balconies. Depending on the location, they can be permanently installed or mobile. With suitable ground anchors, storm-proof solutions can also be installed for particularly exposed locations, and special shapes such as the traffic light umbrella, for example, leave a particularly large amount of walking space free due to the laterally offset mast. In this way, we can find the right size and shape for every outdoor area, either to create a continuous canopy or individual protected areas.

Commercial parasol: In-house production and development

To ensure the high quality of our gastro parasols, we manufacture them in our own factories, for example in T├Ągerwilen in Switzerland or Hardheim in Baden-W├╝rttemberg. Here we can continuously control the materials and production steps and also react quickly to individual requests.In cooperation with international architects and design offices, unique projects are created for the small catering business as well as for the urban outdoor area or the large-scale exhibition.

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Special Commercial Parasol with Heating and Light

To extend the outdoor season of your catering business, we also offer practical add-ons such as optional lighting or heating elements. For example, with a beer garden parasol 4x4m you can reliably protect against rain and UV radiation in the summer, but also cover the cooler early and late season with the heating elements and lighting.

And last but not least, especially the lighting elements are an important component, because integrated in the gastro parasol they do not require any additional space to set up or hang and thus allow a cozy stay in the evening hours.

 Type S16 - Patio Umbrella
Type S16 - Patio Umbrella
the multiple design award winning patio umbrella for resorts, private environments and restaurants.
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 Type T - Telescopic Umbrella
Type T - Telescopic Umbrella
A true classic among gastronomy parasols. Type T from MDT proven design for more than 30 years.
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 Type TK - Storm safe umbrella
Type TK - Storm safe umbrella
Stormproof elegant and multifunctional use.
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 Type SA - Cantilever Umbrella
Type SA - Cantilever Umbrella
A side arm screen with aesthetic demands as well as static safety.
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Large shade providers with easy handling

When large parasols are to provide shade for catering establishments, the work involved in setting up and taking down the sunshades must not be too cumbersome. After all, the work processes should not be delayed too much and, moreover, every employee should be able to set up and take down the sunshades without any problems. For this purpose, we have developed various mechanical and motorised closing mechanisms that bring even a large gastro parasol with an 8-metre diameter into shape quickly, easily and without a great deal of effort.

A typical gastro parasol with mechanical opening is equipped with a maintenance-free gear inside the pole and is operated by a hand crank. This can be easily removed to create a clean, straightforward image after assembly and the crank does not hang in the way.

Larger commercial parasols such as a 5x5 gastro parasol can be fitted with an electrically operated opening and closing mechanism on request, whereby the particularly large models with a side length of 7 metres and more are equipped with this anyway. In any case, a beer garden parasol or a commercial market parasol must score points for ease of use and not be an unnecessary burden on the daily work routine.

Parasols gastronomy: protection and design in different variations

Since every catering business offers individual outdoor facilities and space, we have also adapted our high-quality umbrella assortment accordingly. Our offer includes among others:

Finally, the outdoor area with the gastronomy parasols is also a part of the corporate identity and is always an important signboard for the gastronomy business. With different color solutions, frames and individual print options, we can implement your company's own design and color scheme optimally.

  • Gastro parasol 3x3m
  • Gastro parasols 4x4 meters
  • Gastro parasols 5x5m
  • beer garden parasol 4x4m
  • and many different coverings, colors, shapes and frames.

Easy maintenance and long service life

A gastronomy cantilever umbrella or beer garden parasol is also only equipped for professional use if it has a long service life and a low-wear construction. After all, large parasols have to provide catering terraces and outdoor facilities with shade over a long period of time and, together with heating elements, can still be used even in winter.

To be able to withstand long-term use requires a technically sophisticated construction as well as high-quality materials. For this purpose, we use our specially developed MDT-tex membrane coverings in various thicknesses and designs, which are perfectly tailored to different purposes.

In addition, the heating elements can be used even in winter.

In addition, it can always happen that a cantilever umbrella for the catering trade or a market umbrella for the catering trade is damaged by extreme weather conditions or accidents. To avoid having to dismantle the entire umbrella system, you can find a wide range of spare parts and practical accessories such as protective covers in our online shop to quickly get your umbrella ready for use again. Even complete coverings can be replaced, so that we not only offer long-lasting but also sustainable sun protection solutions. And we have ensured the stable construction of our sunshades in close cooperation with architects and structural engineers.

Gastro parasol with tested statics

With our decades of experience, we have been able to perfect our products more and more and tailor them in this category for use in the catering sector. Our classic types T, TS, TK and SA have proven themselves for professional use. These umbrella types differ from each other in their construction and special properties:

  • The SA type is a classic catering umbrella with a side mast
  • The type T telescopic umbrella in a versatile design
  • The storm-proof type TS with reinforced mast and ground sleeve
  • The windproof and visually outstanding type TK with keder rails

For these umbrella types, both the size and shape of the covering and the anchoring in the ground can be flexibly selected and, in addition, many models offer the option of being upgraded with lighting and heating elements.

Working with designers, architects and structural engineers, we have developed both the smaller 3x3m Gastro parasol and large 5x5m Gastro parasols or models up to 8 metres in diameter for maximum stability without losing their light, elegant look.

Large parasols for optimal shade for your catering business

Whoever wants to provide outdoor catering areas with shade using a parasol can either work with several small parasol models such as a 3x3m gastro parasol to create individual "islands of shade" or use large models such as a 5x5m gastro parasol to achieve a continuous, wide-ranging shaded area.

Thanks to our numerous MDT-tex locations and our own production plants, we are able to supply especially the standard sizes with 3 metres to 7 metres side length quickly and at short notice. In addition, however, we can also develop larger shade systems. Our classic telescopic umbrella type T, for example, can be implemented with a span of up to 16 m.

Such large-area solutions as 5x5m parasols are particularly interesting if as few parasol poles as possible are to occupy the terrace or the courtyard, so that the walkways or common areas remain as free as possible. For this purpose, the side-arm umbrellas are also suitable, whose mast sits on the side, so that the shaded area remains freely accessible or can be equipped with furniture.

Individually designed restaurant umbrellas with personal expert advice

To ensure that your new parasol gastronomy or traffic light parasol gastronomy fits perfectly into the ambience, you can work with us to determine the perfect size, shape and choice of colour. Individual imprints with your company logo or other designs and colourings can also be implemented with our own membranes. Finally, parasols gastronomy 5x5m offer a large surface area that can serve not only as shade but also as advertising space.

To develop the ideal shade concepts for your business or to quickly and easily supply classic standard parasols, we are at your disposal at our international locations and production plants in Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, the USA, Australia and Latvia.