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Great success in the Dolomites

Sigma’s Diamond cabins continue to make their mark throughout the world.

Present in Europe, Asia and even South America, they remain a dominant force in the Dolomites, more precisely at Dolomiti Superski,one of the world’s biggest interconnected skis areas.

For the third year running, the Italian ski resort Kronplatz has ordered new 10-seater gondolas from Sigma. In total, this makes nearly 250 Diamond cabins over three years, all equipped to the highest standards of the range (two-tone finish, heated seats, scratch-resistant glazing, etc). The new Ried gondola will be situated at the base of the Gipfelbahn, which was inaugurated in 2010, to create a real multimodal network, providing transport under the most comfortable conditions from Percha railway station to the top of the ski station without going by road – a godsend for skiers arriving from the neighboring towns of Bolzano and Innsbruck, and a real advantage in terms of fewer traffic jams and respect for the environment, which is very much in keeping with the ethos of the company concerned. Beyond the significance of the contract, this is also a sign of things to come, with lifts of all kinds being installed as sustainable public transport facilities that are adaptable to all environments, as already demonstrated by the aerial tramway in New York and the Mendola funicular, both equipped with Sigma cabins.

A mountain specialist that exports itself

In the closed world of manufacturing for cable car cabins, lifts and other rope-hauled transportation systems, France has a rare gem: Sigma – a precious pearl indeed, as this cabin engineering company has succeeded in exporting its know-how to all continents and in adapting its mountain experience to the fields of recreational amenities and public transportation.

From Medellin (Colombia), where the cabins of the aerial tram transport 1 million passengers every month, to London, where its futuristic design capsules have made the ferris wheel of the British Airways London Eye so famous, or Hong Kong, Sigma has expanded considerably, especially internationally (75% of sales), and almost tripled its sales in five years. The company intends to continue in a similar vein: after providing cabins for most of the major ski resorts in the Alps and the world, it is ready to conquer all the mountains, cities and leisure parks on the planet!

The Marchner Bahn at Kronplatz was equipped with Diamond cabins in 2009 already. PHoto: Sigma