Dr. Oliver Lang, CEO
Fasteners, albeit often unnoticed, are integral to build anything and everything. These small components shoulder greater responsibilities when it comes to holding together an aircraft, rocket or the coolest racing cars. Undoubtedly, fasteners for applications in space, aerospace, and Formula 1 racetracks have to be made of high-strength materials adhering to high-quality and high-precision design and manufacturing standards. In essence, they have to be crafted to perfection to withstand the rigours of high stress, pressures, and temperature. This is where Johann Maier has been making it pictureperfect for aircraft, aerospace, oil exploration, international motorsport and defence industries for over a century. As a manufacturer of highstrength and corrosion-resistant bolts, Johann Maier’s precision fasteners are a synonym of safety. “We guarantee that the life on track or a plane is safe. It makes no difference if it’s one person in a Formula 1 car or 300 passengers on an airplane,” says Oliver Lang, CEO of Johann Maier.
With more than 50 years of expertise in delivering high-quality fasteners and corrosionresistant bolts to the space industry and more than 25 years to the aircraft and Formula 1 applications, Johann Maier prides itself on being the go-to partner for customers with the highest aspiration on customisation and customer care.
We guarantee that the life on track or a plane is safe. It makes no difference if it’s one person in a Formula 1 car or 300 passengers on an airplane
Anchored on the tenets of excellent quality, highest flexibility, shortest lead times and exceptional customer care, the company’s state-of-the-art facility boasts of forging, heat treatment, and thread rolling departments along with facilities for carrying out all machining processes, including turning, milling, grinding, and drilling. Most processes, beginning with the inspection of raw material for mechanical properties, through all manufacturing processes to final testing, which includes visual nondestructive and destructive testing, are done in house. This translates to their customers getting high-performance fasteners or turning and milling parts adhering to the highest quality standards, including a 3.1 certificate, in a very short time. “Our deep knowledge of materials and the right processes to handle them in combination with a higher vertical range of in-house manufacturing, not to forget our highly skilled workforce, enables us to meet the special highquality requirements of our varied customers,” explains Lang. The company has also qualified in-house personnel to perform delegated product release verification.
Often the Johann Maier team acts as the consulting partner for their varied clients to support them in optimising parts in terms of weight, mechanical properties and surface treatment, providing recommendations of materials, processes and even geometry of parts. “Concurrently, we are always searching for synergies between.
our different branches to transfer knowledge or technology to better handle challenges,” remarks Lang.It’s no surprise that the company has a surfeit of success stories in its repertoire. Right off the bat, Lang recounts an instance when a renowned Swiss aircraft manufacturer approached them to find a solution to strengthen the big landing gear fasteners for their new aircraft. The Johann Maier team collaborated with their partners and suppliers and implemented an in-house process to develop the perfect chromeplated fasteners, which could push their client to a new level of mobility. “We are always happy to assist the development of new parts and overcome challenges to bring it to the highest level of perfection and performance for customer’s applications,” extols Lang.
En route to achieving ambitious growth plans, the company is embarking on an optimisation program to make all the processes more streamlined and efficient to continue delivering products to customers with the best processes and lead times while imparting flexibility. In addition, Johann Maier is planning to leverage their in-depth know-how and well-established processes to foray into the medical and energy sectors. “To this end, we are planning on mergers and acquisitions and seek collaboration with market leaders to extend our knowledge and introduce a new product portfolio of turning and milling as well as metal 3D printing products,” signs off Lang on a buoyant note.