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Industry Manufacturing
Fate Bankrupt
Founded 1888 (1888)
Founder Joseph Giovanola
Defunct 2004 (2004)
Headquarters Monthey, Switzerland
Area served
Products Amusement rides, roller coasters

Giovanola Freres SA was one of the prominent thrill ride manufacturers in the world. It was well known for thrill rides and also built electrical power stations, water storage tanks, pipelines, highway bridges, and many other steel products. The company started out as a small metal forging shop, founded by Joseph Giovanola in 1888. It served as a subcontractor to Intamin supplying rides and roller coasters. In 1998 Giovanola started marketing directly under the name Giovanola Amusement Rides Worldwide. The company was based in Monthey, Switzerland. During its last years in business, Giovanola fashioned steel behind the scenes for companies such as Intamin and Bolliger & Mabillard. The company also built its own thrill rides and roller coasters from 1998 to 2001. Examples of Giovanola roller coasters are Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain,[1] Titan at Six Flags Over Texas and Anaconda at South Africa's Gold Reef City.

Giovanola built several submarines: the Auguste Piccard, the Ben Franklin and the F.-A. Forel.[2]

Giovanola filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001 after the completion of Titan at Six Flags Over Texas and left the roller coaster building business. The company went completely bankrupt in 2004.

List of roller coasters[edit]

As of 2017, Giovanola has built 3 roller coasters around the world.[3] Giovanola was also subcontractor of 22 roller coasters around the world.[4]

Name Model Park Country Opened Status Ref
Anaconda Inverted Coaster Gold Reef City South Africa South Africa 1999 Operating [5]
Goliath Mega Coaster Six Flags Magic Mountain United States United States 2000 Operating [6]
Titan Mega Coaster Six Flags Over Texas United States United States 2001 Operating [7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Six Flags - Goliath
  2. ^ Dubuis, Etienne (10 June 2011). "A la découverte du Léman". Le Temps (in French). Geneva. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  3. ^ Giovanola -
  4. ^ Giovanola -
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "Anaconda  (Gold Reef City)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Goliath  (Six Flags Magic Mountain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Marden, Duane. "Titan  (Six Flags Over Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 

Works cited

  • Coker, R. (2002). Roller coasters: A thrill seeker's guide to the ultimate scream machines. Jackson, TN: Main Street Publishing.

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