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After sales support

Staying beside the customer throughout the operational period of the vehicle is part of our corporate philosophy.

TEMAX offers the client 100% support with after sales service and spare parts.

Furthermore, TEMAX is an authorised service station in Greece for the following manufacturers:

  • Rosenbauer International AG
  • Metz Aerials GmbH
  • Bronto Skylift OY, AB

Part of our core business is complete vehicle refurbishment

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How we work

TEMAX can meet any customer specific requirement by offering a highly custom designed and build product.

Our product philosophy is:
  1. design it carefully
  2. build it right, make it durable, low maintenance, reliable
  3. deliver it on time
  4. keep the customer satisfied
  5. stay beside the customer for proper after sales support

Chassis make and type is up to the customer to decide or for us to propose.  Our close cooperation with all major commercial and special purpose chassis manufacturers basically leaves all feasible options open.

Superstructure design is performed in a way to meet the client’s requirements and to match the chassis specifications.
Computer aided design (CAD) is applied for precise accuracy.
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Computer aided machinery (CAM) such as laser cutters provide precise construction accuracy.


Depending on the type of superstructure, the following may be applied:

  • subframe: a heavy duty ladder type steel subframe manufactured from C type channel beams and cross members.  The subframe is then sandblasted and may be either epoxy coated or zinc coated (hot dip galvanized)
  • superstructure frame: a durable frame made either of mild steel or stainless steel box section tubular profiles.  Mild steel frames are cavity treated against corrosion
  • superstructure paneling: aluminum is usually used to panel the superstructure using polyurethane based adhesives
  • water tanks: constructed either from mild steel (painted with epoxy paint or zinc coated), stainless steel, or fiber glass.
  • foam concentrate tanks: constructed from stainless steel or fiber glass
  • pump driveline: pumps are usually driven via propeller shafts using cardan type joints and intermediate shafts.  Computer aided prop shaft analysis is used for silent, trouble-free operation
  • electrical installations: superstructure electrical consumers are wired and fused directly from the vehicle battery(ies) to form a completely separate electrical system than the one of the chassis.  Modular design and construction ensure ease of identification and servicing
  • piping – valves – hydraulic installations: carefully designed or sourced from reputable manufacturers to ensure product reliability
  • built-in equipment: special equipment such as pumps, winches, cranes, electric generators, floodlights, extendable light poles, dry powder installations, roller shutters, turrets etc. are sourced from reputable manufacturers
  • loose equipment: are sourced from specialty manufacturers and placed ergonomically inside the vehicle ensuring proper grouping, ease of identification and operation on special strap-on brackets, swing out or slide out supports, lowering and lifting mechanisms
  • painting: our 300 cu. m. spray booth enables us to provide a glossy and durable finish at 60oC

Vehicle mounted equipment (such as sirens, beacons, winches, cranes etc.) as well as loose equipment are sourced from reputable manufacturers.

Fire fighting vehicles may be equipped with numerous built in systems, such as:

•    aluminum, brass or cast iron pumps
•    Roof monitor (turret), manually or remotely controlled.
•    Foam proportioning systems
•    Manual or electric rewind hose reels
•    Ground sweep nozzles
•    Remote control operation of all fire fighting features
•    Numerous built-in or loose  equipment

TEMAX vehicles are well known for 30+ years of trouble free service.

History - milestones

P. TANGALAKIS AUTO BODY Mfg. Co. was established in 1934 as a bus manufacturing firm.

In 1939 a subsidiary company under the name HELLENIC STUDEBAKER PRODUCTS Co. was established, for the distribution of the STUDEBAKER cars and trucks in Greece.
At the same time P. TANGALAKIS AUTO BODY Mfg. Co. continued the production of buses and luxury coaches until October 1940 when Greece entered World War II.

Both companies resumed their activities after the war, in 1945.

In 1946, P. TANGALAKIS Co. became the first manufacturer to build an all-metal bus body in Greece, which has been very well accepted in the Greek market.

In 1953 P. TANGALAKIS AUTO BODY Mfg. Co. invested for a 50% participation in a newly established company under the name of Panas Bros. & Co., to act as the exclusive distributors for VOLKSWAGEN products in Greece until 1971. In 1971 the company stopped being the exclusive distributor for VW products in Greece, but maintained a VW - AUDI authorized dealership with automobile sales, spare parts depot and service facilities until 1983.

In 1961 a merger between P. TANGALAKIS AUTO BODY Mfg. Co. and the HELLENIC STUDEBAKER PRODUCTS Co. resulted in the present company, under the firm name of P.TANGALAKIS CORPORATION.

In 1963 a subsidiary company was established under the name of GENERAL IMPORTS Co. Ltd., which became the exclusive distributors for INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER motor trucks in Greece. This firm was very successful in selling trucks, buses and special purpose vehicles, such as fire fighting vehicles, air crash tenders and aircraft refuellers to the government and military services.

In 1963 P. TANGALAKIS CORP. was the first manufacturer to build a fire-fighting vehicle in Greece and the production line was expanded in building various types of fire-fighting vehicles, primarily on International Harvester chassis.

The manufacturing activities of P. TANGALAKIS CORP. were suspended in 1965 and the production of fire fighting vehicles was transferred to the newly established limited liability company TEMAX LTD.  Evidently, TEMAX became the only specialized manufacturer of fire fighting vehicles and special purpose vehicles in Greece.

A newly established cooperation with Konrad Rosenbauer KG, an Austrian manufacturer of fire fighting pumps, equipment and vehicles changes the design of fire fighting vehicles from the original US based prototype over to the European standard.  P. TANGALAKIS CORP. has since then been the exclusive distributor for Rosenbauer products in Greece.

The fist fire fighting vehicle cab in Greece was built by TEMAX completely from scratch on our first delivery of 80 fire fighting vehicles on Opel Blitz chassis with 4 door crew cab.  Eventually, crew cab extensions of conventional cabs followed on International, Magirus and Mercedes Benz chassis.

TEMAX LTD. acquires its own property and a new factory was built at its current location.

TEMAX LTD became a joint stock company (société anonyme) and acquired its current corporate title, TEMAX S.A.

The first spray booth for trucks in Greece was installed by TEMAX at its premises.  The 300 cubic meter spray booth remained the largest one in Greece for quite a few years.

TEMAX manufactured the first airport fire fighting and rescue vehicle in Greece and distributes more than 70 such vehicles all over the Greek airports.  

The largest single order in the company history until 1990 was realized for 60 forest fire fighting vehicles built on Mercedes Benz Unimog chassis.  200 Unimogs were built by TEMAX by that time. Temax controlled appx. 80% of the local market by 1990.

TEMAX applied aluminum as a body paneling material which replaced steel paneling.  Aluminum was applied on the steel body frame using polyurethane based adhesives, especially produced for the automotive industry.
Skid mounted fire fighting modules equipped with 500/600L water tanks and engine driven fire fighting pumps designed by TEMAX were introduced in Greece as a modular system to be used on light duty pickup trucks.

P. TANGALAKIS CORP. acquires a majority stake at TEMAX S.A.

CAD design was applied on all TEMAX products.
In view of the organization of the organization of the Olympic Games in 2004 in Athens, TEMAX S.A. was chosen as one of the suppliers of fire fighting vehicles destined for the security of the games.  At the same year, TEMAX acted as a sub supplier of Rosenbauer International A.G. for fire fighting vehicles destined for the Olympic Games security.  The same year, TEMAX became the authorized service center for Metz Aerials (turntable ladders built in Germany) and Bronto Skylift (hydraulic platforms built in Finland), apart from Rosenbauer vehicles and equipment.

TEMAX S.A. established and since then applies a quality system for the design, manufacture, trade, service, modification and maintenance of Fire Fighting, Rescue and Special Purpose Vehicles as well as relevant equipment in full compliance to ISO 9001:2008, certified by TÜV NORD.

TEMAX S.A. expanded its product range with snow clearing equipment, ambulances,armored vehicles and airport ground support equipment.  1500 fire fighting and special purpose vehicles were built by TEMAX by 2010.

About the company

TEMAX S.A. is a completely privately owned company which was founded in 1965 as a leading industry of Fire Fighting Vehicles and special purpose truck bodies.

Today, TEMAX is the major fire truck manufacturer of Greece.  Its many years of experience, its quality craftsmanship, its close cooperation over the years with the largest truck chassis manufacturers, as well as global manufacturers of fire fighting equipment have established TEMAX internationally in the field of fire truck manufacturing.

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110, Ag.Polykarpou Str., GR 188 55, Athens - Greece
Phone: (+30) 210-3411811 - Fax: 210-3452515



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