C.F. Maier is a leading European manufacturer of bus toilet cabins. In addition, we also manufacture outer body parts in the form of large-format fiber-reinforced duroplastic parts (fiber-reinforced polyester parts) and polyurethane components for the coach interiors.
Primarily, we manufacture exterior parts out of glass fiber reinforced plastic using the SMC process. This means ribbing can easily be formed on the inside surface. Fastening elements can also be pressed in. The process allows for the tightest dimensional tolerances to be met. In addition, SMC molded parts are resilient. They allow. for a high degree of functional integration and can be painted at higher temperatures. Production costs are also low. We process smaller quantities through either wet pressing or hand laminate techniques.
An important advantage of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GRP) is its low weight. The use of GRP parts in buses helps to save fuel, increase payload, and improve driving characteristics.
Some examples of components we produce include vehicle fronts, A-pillar trims, tailgates, fenders, wheel arches, bumpers, spoilers, headlight flaps, and much more.
We also equip coach interiors with plastic elements. For example, we manufacture dashboards, steering wheel covers, and gear shift panels. We also manufacture front interiors, such as those containing refrigerator and storage compartments, which are delivered pre-assembled. Polyurethane is a material particularly well suited to bus interior parts because it can be processed into robust, lightweight parts into which cables or furniture anchors can easily be integrated. We manufacture polyurethane parts for small, medium, and large series.
For coaches, we manufacture wet rooms using large GRP parts and with interior fittings. The visible surfaces can be covered with aluminum effect foil or fabric upon request. While we develop designs to suit each respective bus model, using our standard C.F. Maier toilet components can keep the manufacturing costs low.
C.F. Maier manufactures both interior and exterior paneling for trucks with a high surface quality using the robust and weather-resistant GRP material.
For trucks, C.F. Maier manufactures interior and exterior paneling. The glass-fiber reinforced plastic material offers many advantages: The parts are resilient, durable, corrosion-resistant, and impervious to the effects of weather, road salt, and dirt. GRP is therefore ideally suited to the strenuous conditions that long truck journeys sometimes have in store.
We produce smaller quantities using the either wet pressing or hand laminate process. In addition, the SMC process is particularly well suited to outer body parts, as it allows for the easy integration of fastening elements such as threaded bolts. This process also allows the tightest dimensional tolerances and offers good paintability – with low overall manufacturing costs.
The vacuum expansion process ensures weight reductions in GRP components. The sandwich construction with PUR foam cores also ensures excellent insulation. Parts manufactured using the VEX process have excellent surface properties, so repainting is not usually necessary. Upon request, we can however paint the parts in special colors or do the priming.
We also manufacture interior furnishings such as dashboards from polyurethane – which can be made installation-ready upon request. The molded parts can be back-foamed with film or painted later to ensure an optimal surface quality. We manufacture polyurethane molded parts for small, medium and large series.
For construction machinery, C.F. Maier manufactures components for the exterior paneling in the form of large-scale fiber-reinforced duroplastic parts (fiber-reinforced polyester parts) and molded polyurethane parts for the interior.
The properties of the glass fiber reinforced plastic material are particularly important for heavily used vehicles such as construction machinery: GRP is resistant to rust, temperature, weather, and ageing, and is also light, impact-resistant, easy to assemble, and inexpensive. Compared to alternative cover parts or cladding made of sheet steel, the use of plastic offers numerous advantages. The addition of a gelcoat layer (two-tone upon request) creates high-quality surfaces that do not require further painting.
Individual parts are manufactured using the Resin Transfer Molding process and have a high surface quality. For smaller quantities, we also manufacture using the hand laminate process.
We use polyurethane foam for interior furnishings such as seats or control panel covers. Parts produced in this way are both robust and lightweight and can easily be equipped with inserts. We manufacture panels using tools with a photo-etched finish - eliminating the need for any additional surface treatment.
C.F. Maier manufactures robust outer body parts for agricultural machinery using GRP – a material with is both age- and weather- resistant. We produce linings for the interior using foamed PUR.
The dynamic and high stresses encountered the field require a particularly robust material for outer body parts. Glass fiber reinforced plastic is resistant to rust, temperature, weather, and aging. It is also light, impact-resistant, easy to assemble, and inexpensive. Using plastic offers numerous advantages compared to alternative cover parts or cladding made of sheet steel. The addition of a gelcoat layer (two-tone if desired) creates high-quality surfaces that do not require further painting.
SMC molded parts are cheap to manufacture, durable, and can easily be painted at higher temperatures. The use of the vacuum expansion process as a lightweight construction allows for a weight reduction of up to 50 percent compared to sheet steel alternatives.
Should the inner surfaces also require a smooth finish, we use the RTM process using vacuum injection. Large-scale components can be produced inexpensively in this way. We also produce smaller quantities using hand laminate.
We use polyurethane foam for interior areas such as seats, control panel covers, or dashboards. The parts produced in this way are both robust and lightweight and can easily be fitted with inserts and film-foamed or repainted. We manufacture polyurethane molded parts for small, medium, and large series.
C.F. Maier manufactures plastic outer body parts and interior paneling for various special vehicles such as forklifts, snowcats, ambulances, and more.
For various types of special vehicles, C.F. Maier manufactures components for the external cladding in the form of large-format fiber-reinforced duroplastic parts (fiber-reinforced polyester parts) and polyurethane parts for the interior. We adapt to the respective requirements of the vehicle and develop components using the right material and process tailored to them - regardless of whether the focus is on robustness, weight, weather resistance, or something else.
We manufacture components from PUR foam for forklift truck interiors. For example, we use this material to make seat covers or control panel covers. The parts are both robust and lightweight. Inserts can easily be incorporated.
To increase the space in ambulances, we manufacture high roofs that are adapted to the individual requirements of emergency vehicles. For example, we can integrate a front adapter for a blue light bar or hood.
We produce parts for the cabin area of snowcats. To improve the insulating properties of the glass fiber reinforced plastic material, we use the vacuum expansion process to integrate PUR foam as a sandwich construction. The foam core also offers the advantage of being able to easily accommodate elements such as antenna grids. In addition, the VA-RTM process is suitable for the production of paneling parts. Glued-in elements such as metal anchors are part of the scope of delivery.
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