Friday, November 21, 2008

Excellent development continues for Doppelmayr

During the past financial year 2007/2008, Doppelmayr Holding AG was able to consolidate its position as world leader in the ropeway market and increase sales volume yet again. With 144 ropeway projects realized from Portland in the west of the USA to Kamtschatka in the far east of Russia clearly demonstrate the Group’s performance. Sales revenues grew by 3.2 percent to EUR 680 million. The number of employees worldwide increased by five percent to 2,605. In addition to Austria as the strongest single market, the European Alpine countries, North America and the emerging markets of Eastern, Central and Southeastern Europe were key to this very good result.
The clear pole position in terms of quality, technology and innovation leadership in the industry was further expanded through numerous world firsts. Impressive examples include an "unmanned" gondola lift in Val Thorens, France, the first gondola lifts with seat heating in Ischgl and Zell am See, and the first gondola lift with sauna cabin in Finland.
Despite the persistently high costs of raw materials, the continuing difficulties with the availability of bought-out parts and the fact that price and competitive pressure remains intense, Doppelmayr again expects to see satisfactory business development in the current financial year, even though the impact of the worldwide financial crisis on the real economy and the willingness to invest is difficult to predict.
The Group has production facilities and sales and service locations in over 33 countries of the world and to date has built more than 13,700 installations in over 78 countries.