Bartholet and MND join forces to strengthen their positions as global players in the ropeway transportation sector

Over the last two years the ropeway manufacturer BARTHOLET from Switzerland and the French manufacturer MND have successfully collaborated in selling, delivering and supporting ropeway systems to customers worldwide. The two industry leading companies have now decided to further intensify and extended their collaboration agreement in order to better address and cover the global markets. In particular, the collaboration will further improve the coverage and responsiveness to the individual markets and customer needs as well as requirements in the fast-growing global ropeways system industry.

Estimated at more than €1.5 billion in 2016, the global ropeway transportation market is expected to more than double by 2024 to reach €3.6 billion according to Persistence Market Research Pvt. Ltd. in New York. By 2024, more than a third will be urban passenger ropeways.

To be optimally prepared for this great potential in a growing global ropeway transportation market the two groups will strengthen its presence on the market. The products from Bartholet and from MND are well recognized for their great performance, pioneering innovations, and outstanding design also thanks to key industrial partners such as the Porsche Design Studio. Together the two groups already realized over a thousand ropeway installations. Les Deux Alpes and Brest in France; Narvik in Norway; Gstaad, Flumserberg and Lenzerheide in Switzerland; Prato Nevoso in Italy as well as downtown Moscow in Russia are only some of the ropeways from the latest generation.

The objective of this enhanced and strategic cooperation is to offer the most comprehensive range of solutions to the customer by combining the sales, the industrial manufacturing facilities, the range of products and solutions as well as the after sales services of the two groups.

Pooling product catalogues will make it possible to offer fixed as well as detachable gondola and chairlifts, aerial tramways, funicular railways, inclined lifts and conveyor belts. Not only in terms of the product portfolio but also to provide genuine leadership in terms of sales and marketing, both companies will use their historical presence and market knowledge to better serve new and existing clients with one of the two companies in the lead to promote the total portfolio. From an industrial standpoint, the alliance between Bartholet and MND is based on shared complementarity of their tools, methods, and strengths.

This alliance will make it possible to provide the investments and build the teams needed to meet the technological and environmental challenges facing the mountain development and urban mobility sectors. Bartholet and MND can now rely on a team of more than 800 employees including 50 engineers to invent the technologies and solutions of tomorrow.