Doppelmayr Garaventa Group

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Doppelmayr Holding SE
Private
Founded1892; 127 years ago (1892)
HeadquartersWolfurt, Austria/
Rotkreuz, Switzerland
Key people
Michael Doppelmayr, Chief executive officer
Number of employees
2,933[1]
Websitewww.doppelmayr.com
A Doppelmayr CTEC combined lift at Sunday River, Maine, USA
A Doppelmayr cable car at the Rosh HaNikra grottoes, Israel, claimed[by whom?] to be the steepest cable car in the world, with a 60 degrees gradient

Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group is an international manufacturer of ropeways and people movers for ski areas, urban transport, amusement parks, and material handling systems. As of 2019, the group have produced over 15,000 installations in 96 countries.[2] The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group was formed in 2002 when Doppelmayr of Wolfurt, Austria merged with Garaventa AG of Switzerland to form the world's largest ropeway manufacturer.[3]

History[edit]

A Garaventa aerial tramway at Snowbird, Utah, USA

Doppelmayr was founded in Wolfurt, Austria, in 1892 (originally as Konrad Doppelmayr & Sohn).

In 1967, Artur Doppelmayr, the grandson of the founder, Konrad Doppelmayr, and son of Austrian businessman Emil Doppelmayr, became managing director of the company. As alpine recreation rapidly expanded around the world during the last half of the 20th century, Artur led and established the Vorarlberg cable car company as the world leader. In 1996, Doppelmayr Holding AG acquired Von Roll Seilbahnen AG, a Swiss manufacturer of gondola lifts, chairlifts, and cable cars. In 2002, Doppelmayr acquired CWA, a Swiss maker of gondola and cable car cabins. The merger of Doppelmayr and Garaventa was announced in 2001 and completed in 2002.

The company was selected in April 2011 as one of a consortium to build London's gondola lift.[4]

Divisions[edit]

Doppelmayr Garaventa Group operates various subsidiaries worldwide manufacturing ropeways under the Doppelmayr and Garaventa brands. These include Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH (Austria), Garaventa AG (Switzerland), Doppelmayr Australia Pty. Ltd., Doppelmayr Canada Ltd., Doppelmayr France SAS, Doppelmayr Italia Srl, and Doppelmayr USA, Inc.

The company’s core ropeway products include cable cars, funiculars, gondola lifts, detachable chairlifts, fixed grip chairlifts, and surface lifts. The company developed the “3S” tricable gondola lift, having acquired the technology from Von Roll Seilbahnen, and built lifts including those located in Kitzbühel (Austria), Koblenz (Germany) and Whistler-Blackcomb (Canada). It has also introduced innovative products such as heated seats on ski lifts.

In December 2013, the company's Swedish division, Doppelmayr Scandinavia AB, acquired Swedish lift manufacturer Liftbyggarna AB,[5] which has retained its own separate branding.

Doppelmayr Cable Car[edit]

Red Line in La Paz, Bolivia
Mérida Cable Car, Venezuela
MGM CityCenter Shuttle, Las Vegas, USA

Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH[6] builds rope-propelled “Cable Liner” automated people movers, for airports and other urban settings. Up until mid-2019, the subsidiary was referred to as DCC Doppelmayr Cable Car.

The first installation was completed at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in 1999. Other installations can be found at Pearson International Airport (Toronto, Canada), Birmingham International Airport (United Kingdom), Mexico City International Airport (Mexico), Oakland Airport (United States), and Hamad International Airport (Doha, Qatar). Outside of airports, people movers have been built in Venice (Italy), Caracas (Venezuela), and a second one in Las Vegas.

Doppelmayr Transport Technology[edit]

Doppelmayr Transport Technology GmbH[6] develops and sells material-handling ropeway systems. Initially, these systems were similar to cable cars and chairlifts designed for people, but fitted with specially designed carriers. In the early 2000s, Doppelmayr developed a cable-driven material-handling ropeway called RopeCon®. RopeCon® is a conveyor system that can transport materials over long distances with little ground disturbance. RopeCon® system installations can be found in Papua New Guinea, Jamaica, Sudan, Switzerland, and Austria.

CWA Constructions[edit]

CWA Constructions SA of Olten, Switzerland, was acquired by Doppelmayr in 2001. The subsidiary manufactures cabins, such as gondola and people mover cabins, for most Doppelmayr Garaventa Group installations as well as for systems built by other manufacturers.

Frey AG Stans[edit]

Frey AG Stans was founded in 1966 and was acquired by Doppelmayr Garaventa Group in April 2017. The subsidiary manufactures various electrical components and control systems for ropeways.

Gassner Stahlbau[edit]

Gassner Stahlbau GmbH is a subsidiary based in Bürs, Austria, that manufactures steel for pylons, chairs, and suspension, as well as various plastic parts.

Input Projektentwicklungs[edit]

The Input Projektentwicklungs division produces mountain systems and amusement rides,[6] such as the experimental Mountain Glider roller coaster in Walibi, Belgium. This project was plagued with problems and the ride was eventually removed.[citation needed]

LTW Intralogistics[edit]

LTW Intralogistics produces automated warehouse technology.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures". Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ "The Group". Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Apps - Access My Library - Gale". www.accessmylibrary.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Mayor announces world-class consortium to construct London's cable car" (Press release). 18 April 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Om oss (About us)". Liftbyggarna AB. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "The World of Ropeways". Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH. Retrieved 2018-06-20.

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