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TechnoAlpin AG
Founded 1990
Headquarters Bolzano, Italy
Area served
Key people
Walter Rieder, Erich Gummerer
Products snowmaking systems
Revenue € 100 Million (2010)[1]
Number of employees
250 (2010) [2]
The V3 lance by TechnoAlpin

TechnoAlpin AG, which is based in Bolzano, South Tyrol specializes in manual and fully automated snow-making systems. It is the global market leader [3] in snow-making technology.

Company history[edit]

In the early 1980s, Georg Eisath and Walter Rieder, operations managers at the Obereggen ski resort, imported a snow gun from America. Using this as a model, they constructed their first prototype. Together they founded the WI.TE company and started to produce machines in larger numbers. The first systems were built in Cortina (ITA), Falcade (ITA) and Valzoldana (ITA). In 1988, the first foreign offices was established with the Schneider company in Seefeld (AUT). In 1990, the Latemar M90 snow gun was launched on the market. After sales figures rose, Eisath and Rieder brought in salesman Erich Gummerer. Together they founded TechnoAlpin GmbH in 1990. In 1996, TechnoAlpin founded its first subsidiaries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2005, the company was transformed into a joint stock company. Today the company has a global network of 7 subsidiaries and 18 trading partners. TechnoAlpin has 250 employees worldwide. In 2008/2009, company revenue broke the 100 million euro barrier for the first time.

Technical innovations[edit]

The T40 snow-making system by TechnoAlpin in Folgaria

In 2005, R&D investment rose to over 1 million euro for the first time.[4] In 2010, the T40 (automatic) and MTS (manual) fan guns were launched on the market along with the V2 and V3 snow lances.


T40 snow-making systems by TechnoAlpin in Folgaria

TechnoAlpin holds the patents to the following developments:[5]

  • Valve arrangement
  • Motorized actuator
  • Water atomization nozzles
  • Round lance head for snow lances
  • Blade heating


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