Sainte Hélène du Lac (Savoie, France), 4 February 2014
TECHFUN, A SUBSIDIARY OF THE MND GROUP, DELIVERS FIRST ALPINE COASTER TO "LES MENUIRES" RESORT (TROIS VALLEES)
THE TRACK WAS INAUGURATED ON 28 JANUARY THIS YEAR
The MND Group (FR0011584549, MND), which designs innovative mountain development and urban transport solutions, has been listed on Compartment C of the regulated NYSE Euronext market since 23 October 2013.
Les Ménuires alpine coaster up and running!
The opening of "Speed Mountain" in the Les Ménuires ski resort on 22 December 2013 marked the success of the first rail toboggan project delivered by Techfun, a specialist in high-adrenaline leisure solutions.
This Alpine Coaster includes a large number of innovations. The initial 80-metre climb crosses one ski slope and two roads in less than three minutes. The descent, which is over 750 metres long, includes a series of banked corners, crossings and obstacles, as well as two twists and two jumps.
A large number of people can join in the fun, as the system has a capacity of 350 toboggans per hour.
The Alpine Coaster's harmonious fit with the surrounding landscape, as testified by the building put up by the operator, Savebel, is one of the project's strong points. A subsidiary of La Compagnie des Alpes, Savebel also manages the ski lifts at Les Ménuires. The building includes spacious areas for getting on and off the toboggans, plus a compact storage and maintenance bay for the 35 toboggans (twist diameter of only 8 metres).
Les Ménuires (Trois Vallées) now has a new leisure zone which includes a rail toboggan track, designed by La Compagnie des Alpes' leisure division, that blends harmoniously into the landscape and provides a new attraction for summer and winter visitors alike.
"This facility proves Techfun's ability to deliver a sizeable turnkey project and reinforces our positioning as a developer. It is also an excellent technology showcase that gives us a firm footing in the international high-adrenaline leisure area development market. In a booming global outdoor leisure market, our product range is a driver for increasing the attractiveness and profitability of our customers' tourist facilities. We expect 2014 to be full of equally attractive projects ...", Techfun chairman Pierre Metayer explained.
Techfun ranks among the global high-adrenaline leisure area development specialists
In the aerial facilities sector, Techfun designs, manufactures and installs Via Ferratas, rock-climbing sites, zip-wires and Zipriders, raised indoor and outdoor adventure parks, and raised walkways that are safe for groups, etc.
In the downhill sector, Techfun designs, manufactures and installs alpine coasters, alpine slides and sledge runs, grass bob-kart and scooter tracks, etc.
Techfun has a specific policy of taking on projects at a very early stage in order to carry out the necessary business, social and environmental studies.
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The MND Group has been based at Sainte Hélène du Lac (Savoie), in the very heart of the French Alps, since 2004. MND is one of the few market players to have a global range of products and services dedicated to the development, equipping and protection of ski resorts, leisure areas and other mountain infrastructure.
Buoyed by its industrial expertise in the mountain cable transport market and by innovative technology protected by worldwide patents, the MND Group has strong growth potential in the urban cable public transport field, where it offers an unobtrusive alternative mode of urban transport.
With four manufacturing plants in Europe (France, Germany and Sweden), eight distribution subsidiaries and 50 distributors worldwide, the MND Group has 264 employees and almost 3,000 customers in 49 countries.
The MND Group reported pro forma revenues of ¤58 million, of which 65% was generated abroad in 2012/2013 (year ended 31 March).
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