Over 135 years of tradition and innovation
Carlo Maina began working as a manufacturer of oenological machines and devices to meet local needs, and as a repair shop for bicycles and sewing machines.
On the 28th of February, Carlo’s four children (Fedele, Modesto, Benvenuto and Erminia) set up the Company as general partnership under the name FRATELLI MAINA DI CARLO and acquired a new head office.
The cast-iron foundry and the cast-iron pulley production entered into operation.
The Company expanded production, moving into industrial plant motorization and material handling systems.
The production of gear couplings was launched.
The first gear spindles for rolling mills were designed and manufactured.
The management of the Company passed on to the third generation. A complete reorganization of the production department took place, with the purchase of modern CNC machinery and equipment, while the sales and technical departments were developed and strengthened.
The foundry closed down, the study of the universal shaft product was launched and the sales activity began expanding abroad.
The production of universal shafts and gear reducers was launched.
The production of large-size and high-load universal shafts began.
ISO 9001 certification by Det Norske Veritas was attained. The fourth generation of the family joined the Board of Directors.
The company acquired a strategic position on the international markets, completing its transformation from the dominant company within the domestic market to a leader of the global market.
The Company invested in the research and development of products designed for new fields of application.
New products and items to complement existing products were added to the product range: universal gear joints for high-speed trains, slipper spindles and safety devices.
The Company attained the patent for the Hydro-Safe device.
The Company significantly strengthened its position on the Asian market by supplying critical products to key steel producers, replacing historical competitors. Since then, Maina has continued to record stable growth in its market share in Asia.
The Company implemented “shot-peening” in the production of U-shafts. As a result, Maina cardan shafts have become even more reliable and long-lasting.
Production of an updated and improved version of the Hydro-safe® coupling. This means that it is now more accurate than ever.