|Michael Doppelmayr, Chief executive officer|
Number of employees
The Doppelmayr Garaventa Group is an Austrian-Swiss 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 14,600 installations in 89 countries. 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.
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.
Doppelmayr's core ropeway products include cable cars, gondolas, detachable chairlifts, fixed grip chairlifts, and teleskis that are sold under the Doppelmayr and Garaventa 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.
DCC -- 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, Birmingham International Airport in the United Kingdom, Mexico City International Airport in Mexico and Oakland Airport in the United States. More "cable liner shuttles" have been built at Venice in Italy, Caracas in Venezuela and a second one in Las Vegas. Contracts have been awarded for Doppelmayr Cable Car to install an automated people mover in Doha, Qatar.
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, Sudan, Switzerland, and Austria.
CWA Constructions of Olten, Switzerland, was acquired by Doppelmayr in 2001. The subsidiary manufactures cabins, such as gondola and people mover cabins, for Doppelmayr installations as well as for systems built by other manufacturers.
The Input Projektentwicklungs division produces mountain systems and 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 produces automated warehouse technology. www.LTWUSA.com