Doppelmayr Garaventa Group

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Doppelmayr
Type Private
Founded 1892
Headquarters

Wolfurt, Austria/

Rotkreuz, Switzerland
Key people Michael Doppelmayr, Chief executive officer
Employees 2,297
Website www.doppelmayr.com
A Doppelmayr CTEC Chondola at Sunday River, Maine, USA
Doppelmayr Cable-car at the Rosh HaNikra grottoes, Israel, claimed to be the steepest cable car in the world, with a 60 degrees gradient

The Doppelmayr Garaventa Group is an Austrian company that manufactures chairlifts, cable cars, gondolas, surface tows for ski and amusement parks, as well as urban people movers and material handling systems. To date, Doppelmayr and Garaventa have produced over 14,400 installations in 88 countries.[1] 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.[2]

History[edit]

The Green Valley Express high speed quad at Crystal Mountain, Washington, 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's holding company purchased Von Roll, a Swiss maker of gondolas 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 Cable Car system.[3]

Divisions[edit]

Doppelmayr Seilbahnen[edit]

A Garaventa Aerial Tramway at Snowbird, Utah, USA

Doppelmayr's core ropeway products include cable cars, gondolas, detachable chairlifts, fixed grip chairlifts, and teleskis that are sold under the Doppelmayr, Garaventa, and Von Roll brands. The company pioneered the "3S" tri-cable gondola located in Kitzbühel (Austria), Koblenz (Germany) and Whistler-Blackcomb (Canada). It has also introduced innovative products such as heated seats on ski lifts.

Doppelmayr Transport Technology[edit]

Doppelmayr Transport Technology 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, Switzerland, and Austria.

Doppelmayr Cable Car[edit]

Doppelmayr Cable Car builds automated people movers for airports and other urban settings. The first installation was completed at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in 1999. Other installations can be found at Pearson International Airport in Toronto and Birmingham International Airport in the United Kingdom. Contracts have been awarded for Doppelmayr Cable Car to install systems in Mexico City, Mexico; Doha, Qatar; Venice, Italy; and Caracas, Venezuela.

CWA Constructions[edit]

MGM CityCenter Shuttle, Las Vegas, USA

CWA Constructions of Olten, Switzerland, manufactures gondola and people mover cabins for Doppelmayr installations as well as for other company's systems.

CWA has constructed cabins for:

Input[edit]

The Input Projektentwicklungs GmbH division produces amusement rides such as the experimental Mountain Glider roller coaster in Walibi, Belgium. This project was plagued with problems and the ride was eventually removed.

LTW Intralogistics[edit]

LTW Intralogistics produces automated warehouse technology. www.LTWUSA.com

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