Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group

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][4]

Doppelmayr Holding SE
Founded1892; 129 years ago (1892)
HeadquartersWolfurt, Vorarlberg, Austria
Key people
Michael Doppelmayr, Chief executive officer
Number of employees


A Doppelmayr tricable gondola lift in Sölden, Austria
A Doppelmayr CTEC combined lift at Sunday River, Maine, US
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° (173 percent) gradient[citation needed]
A Garaventa aerial tramway at Snowbird, Utah, US

Doppelmayr was founded in Wolfurt, Austria, in 1892 (originally as Konrad Doppelmayr & Sohn), and has manufactured ropeways from 1937.[5] Garaventa was founded in 1928.[5]

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.[6]


Doppelmayr Garaventa Group operates various subsidiaries worldwide manufacturing ropeways under the Doppelmayr and Garaventa brands. Seven of these are responsible for manufacturing parts,[7] namely Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH (Austria), Garaventa AG (Switzerland), Doppelmayr Canada Ltd., Sanhe Doppelmayr Transport Systems Co., Ltd. (China), Doppelmayr France SAS, Doppelmayr Italia Srl, and Doppelmayr USA, Inc.[8]

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).

Doppelmayr Cable CarEdit

Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH
TypeCorporation subsidiary
Area served
ProductsAutomated People Mover systems
ParentDoppelmayr Garaventa Group
WebsiteDoppelmayr Cable Car

Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH[9][10] manufactures automated people movers. Their main product is the rope-propelled Cable Liner system, used in airports, city centres, intermodal passenger transport connections, park and ride facilities, campuses, resorts, and amusement parks. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Doppelmayr Garaventa Group,[10] having been established by Doppelmayr in 1996. Up until 2019, the subsidiary was referred to as DCC Doppelmayr Cable Car.

The first installation was completed at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in 1999. In 2003, after the world's first maglev transport system (opened in 1984 at Birmingham International Airport) fell into disrepair, DCC installed the "AirRail Link" to replace the maglev and temporary replacement bus-service that had been operating since 1995.[11] The company is contracted to operate some of the systems it builds.[12]

Doppelmayr Transport TechnologyEdit

Doppelmayr Transport Technology GmbH[9] 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. Such installations can be found in Papua New Guinea, Jamaica, Sudan, Switzerland, and Austria.

CWA ConstructionsEdit

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 StansEdit

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 StahlbauEdit

Gassner Stahlbau GmbH is a subsidiary based in Bürs, Austria, that manufactures steel for pylons, chairs, and suspension, as well as various plastic parts. Gassner Stahlbau has manufactured parts for Doppelmayr since 1969,[13] and was later acquired by Doppelmayr.

Input ProjektentwicklungsEdit

The Input Projektentwicklungs division produces mountain systems and amusement rides,[9] 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]


In December 2013, the company's Swedish division, Doppelmayr Scandinavia AB, acquired Swedish lift manufacturer Liftbyggarna AB, which has retained its own separate branding. The company was originally founded in 1952.[14]

LTW IntralogisticsEdit

LTW Intralogistics produces automated warehouse technology.


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  2. ^ "The Group". Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Apps - Access My Library - Gale". Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ Framework Service contract ENTR/2008/006/Lot 1. Impact Assessment Study Concerning the Revision of Directive 2000/9/EC Relating to Cableway Installations Designed to Carry Persons (PDF) (Report). October 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Group Milestones". Doppelmayr Seilbahnen. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Mayor announces world-class consortium to construct London's cable car" (Press release). 18 April 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  7. ^ "WIR Issue 3/2019 en". WIR:The Customer Magazine of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group (209): 24. 2019. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Doppelmayr Case Study". Siemens Automation. Siemens. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "The World of Ropeways". Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  10. ^ a b "Company". Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH.
  11. ^ "Birmingham International Airport People Mover". Arup. Archived from the original on 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  12. ^ "Doppelmayr Cable Car to build Cable Liner in London" (Press release). 18 April 2018. Archived from the original on 22 December 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Geschichte (History)". Gassner Stahlbau (in German). Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Om oss (About us)". Liftbyggarna AB (in Swedish). Retrieved 15 June 2019.

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