History

A glance back at the past

The history of LEITNER

The most important milestones in the company's history

1888

Gabriel Leitner establishes a business specializing in farm machinery, ropeways for material transportation, waterwheels and sawmills.

1908

LEITNER is involved in the construction of the first ropeway for passenger transportation in Central Europe, the “Kohlernbahn” in Bolzano, Italy.

1925

The business has grown from a workshop with just ten employees to a factory for the series production of agricultural machinery.

1947

LEITNER ropeways builds its first chairlift in Corvara, Italy.

1970

Agricultural machinery production ceased in 1970 and is replaced by snowgroomer engineering. The first snowgroomer is built.

1980

Creation of a new production plant covering 40,000 m2.

1983

Development of the LEITNER detachable grip.

1985

First detachable 4-seater chair: CD4 Absam-Meierl in Obereggen, Italy

First detachable gondola lifts in Brunico and Valtournenche, Italy

1990

The 2500th ropeway from LEITNER starts operation.

1991

Development of an innovative system for passengers transportation starts on the company's premises.

1993

First compact station is built in Racines, Italy.

1998

Opening of an affiliate in the United States and the acquisition of BM Lifts Ltd. In Barrie, Canada.

Opening of the first detachable chairlift with the new drive-tensioning station in Selva Val Gardena, Italy.

1999

Acquisition of Waagner Biro.

The world’s first bicable ropeway in Ortisei, Italy.

Realization of the first chairlift with direct drive in Ladurns, Italy.

2000

The company Pomagalski joins the group.

The debut of the direct drive for ropeways.

Acquisition of Borer Technik of Büsserach, Switzerland, a snowmaker company. Takeover of snowgroomer producer Prinoth and snowmaker Snowstar.

LEITNER SKYLINER® transports almost 9 million people during 153 days of EXPO 2000 in Hanover.

2003

LEITNER employs the synergies between ropeway and wind power technology to develop the LEITWIND wind turbine, in which the DirectDrive acts as a generator.

The first wind power plant starts operation in Malles, Val Venosta Valley in Italy.

2008

Inauguration of the MiniMetro, an innovative automatic people mover system, in Perugia, Italy.

2009

LEITNER’s first 3S ”Ritten-Renon” in Bolzano, Italy.

2010

The first 10-seater monocable gondola lift is built at Kronplatz, Italy.

Takeover of the snow making companies Demac and Lenko.

2011

The group is the first single-source supplier for winter sports technologies. From ropeways and snowgroomers to innovative snow making systems offering ski-area operators an efficient one-stop shop for a full range of products and services.

2013

The LeitDrive frequency converter is the result of LEITNER's consistent development of innovative drive technology. It was gradually introduced in the company's ropeways from 2013. Thanks to cutting-edge technology and a modular design, the LeitDrive frequency converter offers the highest degree of cost effectiveness and flexibility. The new technology is especially quiet and environmentally friendly. The waste heat can be used for heating and hot water processing.

2014

LeitControl - The push of a button is enough to activate complex work processes. The new LeitControl control system from LEITNER ropeways not only makes many ropeway processes much easier. With a user-friendly design, advanced ergonomics and uncomplicated user guidance based on modern operating systems, the risk of user error is also reduced, and the training time of new employees is reduced.

The longest monocable gondola lift in the world is realized in Bursa, Turkey.

2015

SYMPHONY: The new cabin designed by Pininfarina

LEITNER Premium Chair: Elegant sports seats in genuine leather