From plywood out of the must press to high-tech material
Far from large cities or conurbations, one of the most important suppliers for the caravan industry is located. On the Swabian Alb, Vöhringer GmbH & Co. KG grew from a niche into a globally active company. At the time of its founding (1921) Ernst and Ludwig Vöhringer had never heard of camping.
First products from their production: embroidery frames, spinning wheels and wooden stamping. At some point, the two of them began to produce plywood in their small water mill with the aid of a must press.
In the 70s, the cheap chipboard displaced the local plywood - the successors of the founders of Vöhringer had to come up with something else. Fortunately, the pleasure on vacation grew along with the economy. People wanted to travel cheaply in a caravan or mobile home with wooden interior. Wood? That is right. In order to meet the wishes of the holidaymakers, the Swabian tinkerers began to coat poplar plywood with Japanese paper. The affinity with the wood material allowed the product range to flourish and further furniture parts were gradually added for the interior finishing, which are still handmade by Vöhringer.
With the 1999 drivers license reform, a game changer for the mobile travel industry – not everybody was allowed to drive large road cruisers along the roads. The motorhome builders identified lightweight construction as the future key technology and the growing ecological consciousness fueled this development additionally. For Vöhringer, the trend developed into an advantage, since the Vöhringer product developers have always been concerned with lightweight construction. In addition to wood, they increasingly rely on water-proof plastics, paper honeycombs, or 3D panels. These materials are not only available to large manufacturers - even the DIY scene uses the growing selection.3D Composite
The problem of the large number of individual parts, combined with small quantities, made the caravan industry often look stylistically old compared to the automobile industry. Such as in the case of cladding of B-pillars or other complex shapes. Extremely high tool costs led to provisional solutions. With 3D Composite, a solution specifically adapted to the caravan market is now being introduced. Polyester panels covered with fine fabrics integrate each area into the caravan design. Medium and small batch sizes allow the driver's cab to be connected to the living area aesthetically smoothly. Atmospheric and haptic warmth and tranquility increase the feel-good factor in the mobile home. A detail with great effect.Form and function from a single mold: Vunder-Tech
Requirements for the interior development of campers in terms of weight and shape have increased enormously. The aim to create innovations motivates the Vöhringer developers to use new materials in production. Thus, plywood boards with paper honeycombs or a styrofoam core came up. The use of polyurethane (PU) gained ground in the mobile home. Latest groundbreaking invention of Vöhringer: developer and engineer Martin Ross from Ross-Design pushed the conjunction of different materials to the top with a new idea. The result is called Vunder-Tech. The product can already be decorated with the award "Best of the Best" in the category "Intelligent Material and Design”
Vunder-Tech opens up new possibilities in the combination of raw materials. In a specifically developed production process, styrofoam, laminate and polyurethane (PU), for example, are casted together without causing additional stencil or tooling costs. In addition, the integration of glass fibers or wood is possible. In the finished Vunder-Tech board the different materials are, so to speak, a symbiosis, in which each material of the board gives a trait to the finished composite.
This is how Vunder-Tech came into being and therefore a piece of furniture which is waterproof, light and extremely flexible to use. But Martin Ross is not at the end of his idea: He has now produced curved Vunder-Tech parts driven by the spirit of the tinkerer. Thus, Vunder-Tech opens up new dimensions, the full potential of which is still to be discovered.V-Strong
Lightweight construction without sacrificing other technical features is the main challenge but also the aspiration of Vöhringer. With V-Strong, a product has been developed which surpasses this requirement even more. An extremely light, water-resistant and at the same time extremely pressure-resistant plate is the result of many years of development work. This plate withstands several tons, while outdoing all conventional materials at the same time in the matter of lightweight. Foils and edge banding can be applied easily and conceal the technical finesse. V-Strong is predestined to bring the lightweight construction in the caravan industry to a whole new level.