16.11.2020
On the new biggest Observation wheel in the world,

the “Ain Dubai” capsules are installed

Barely 2 years after the launch of the project, POMA has finalized the installation of 48 non-standard capsules on Bluewaters Island, in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

 

Innovating and rising to new challenges:

the POMA Group’s DNA

At the beginning of 2019, Hyundai Engineering & Construction awarded leading ropeway transportation company, POMA, the EPCI contract* to provide the 48 capsules for the world's newest and biggest observation wheel “Ain Dubai”.
POMA has been designing and building largescale projects in the Entertainment sector for many years. A project of this scale calls for the highest levels of technological expertise, combined with unparalleled know-how.

 

Forty-eight outsized and completely original capsules, each able to accommodate up to 40 people, were designed, built and installed in a record time of less than 24 months.

A world record!

Capsules 250 meters high

Located 500 metres from the coasts of JBR beach and Dubai Marina, the observation wheel “Ain Dubai” (“the Dubai eye”) will offer its guests a panoramic view of the city and the bay, while setting the new height world record of 250m (twice the size of the London Eye).

POMA

the preferred partner

Innovating and designing exactly the right engineering solutions while guaranteeing safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, is part of POMA's DNA.

The Group has, in particular, fine-tuned its engineering expertise and its unique technical prowess in the sector through involvement in the delivery of numerous special projects:

  • Big observation wheels in London with the London Eye and in Las Vegas with the High Roller
  • Other complex projects, in particular the incredible British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton…
  • Regular provision of capsules for smaller observation wheels: Baku, Chicago, Hong Kong…
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Unique know-how

for fast track projects

As well as mastering the technology to successfully complete complex projects, POMA benefits from an agile organization enabling close joint-construction with the customer or managing the Group's multicultural and multi-expert teams and its subcontractors, who, for the “Ain Dubai” project, were coordinated from France but based in seven countries on four different continents.

The design and manufacture of the 48 capsules for “Ain Dubai” was a fast track project, carried out in under two years. This project clearly demonstrates the French Group's ability to export its services, tackle innovative projects and handle tight deadlines.

Confronted by the uncertainty of the health crisis, POMA's teams had to adapt almost continuously to deliver the 48 capsules and limit the impact on the construction site to a minimum.

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POMA and EGIS will implement the 1st urban ropeways of Mongolia

Consortium leader POMA and EGIS have been tasked with a cable transportation project for the city of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. POMA will implement the first urbain ropeways in Ulaanbaatar.

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French ski championships parasports & adapted sports

At the beginning of March, 30 employees took part in actions to help organise the French ski championships, Parasports in Peisey Vallandry, then Adapted Sports in Lelex – Mont Jura.

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Discover the POMA valley lifts

Depuis quelques années, les stations repensent leurs accès depuis la vallée ; une réflexion portée sur plus de durabilité, de confort et de respect de l’environnement. Les ascenseurs valléens représentent une réponse concrète à ces enjeux

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Mokpo’s tourist gondola lift, opened in early September

An impressive ceremony was held to inaugurate the Mokpo Marine Cablecar tourist gondola lift on Friday 6 September. A great opportunity to take a closer look at POMA and the Korean market.

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Portrait of Jean Pomagalski

When he created his very first surface lift, did Jean Pomagalski imagine that POMA would establish itself as one of the world leaders in ropeway transport by offering ever more innovative and leading-edge solutions? That these solutions would leave the mountain peaks to find their place in many fields, for various applications: sports, tourism, urban mobility or in the service of science and industry?

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4.11.2020
On the new biggest Observation wheel in the world,

the “Ain Dubai” capsules are installed

Barely 2 years after the launch of the project, POMA has finalized the installation of 48 non-standard capsules on Bluewaters Island, in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

 

Innovating and rising to new challenges:

the POMA Group’s DNA

At the beginning of 2019, Hyundai Engineering & Construction awarded leading ropeway transportation company, POMA, the EPCI contract* to provide the 48 capsules for the world's newest and biggest observation wheel “Ain Dubai”.
POMA has been designing and building largescale projects in the Entertainment sector for many years. A project of this scale calls for the highest levels of technological expertise, combined with unparalleled know-how.

 

Forty-eight outsized and completely original capsules, each able to accommodate up to 40 people, were designed, built and installed in a record time of less than 24 months.

Cable transport,

the ideal transport solution

In a city featuring major obstacles (notably, the Tuul-Gol river and the Trans-Mongolian Railway), and with a relatively undeveloped transport network, this urban cable car system emerges as the most appropriate solution. With its silent, all-electric and low energy operation, ropeway transport is today an acknowledged and sustainable urban transport mode, capable of addressing specific problems of cities and with the added benefit of being quicker to implement than other forms of transport infrastructure.

The French Directorate General of the Treasury (DG Trésor), which supports French firms in the delivery of structurally transformational, eco-friendly and sustainable projects, therefore decided to finance this urban mobility project developed by the company POMA with the support of EGIS, for the benefit of Ulaanbaatar city council. A financial protocol was signed in May 2020 followed by commercial agreements in June 2020.
The line extending 6 km will have 3 stations, with 122 cable cars running between the Ger districts north of the city and the city centre.
This corridor is in full alignment with the development programmes currently underway, as this Ger district was targeted as a priority for the redevelopment and densification programme financed by the ADB. (Asian Development Bank)

Additional assignments

for both companies

POMA, the leader of the consortium behind the project, will be tasked with the supply and installation of the transport systems including all the vehicles, towers, and equipment of the 3 stations.
EGIS will be responsible for the design and construction of the stations and their foundations under a turnkey arrangement. The low and high voltage power also fall within EGIS' assignments. Finally,
EGIS will be tasked with coordination and combined drawings during design phase and with works supervision during construction.

Cable transport in Ulaanbaator

They talk about it

Our unique know-how will be harnessed to deliver this transformational project for the city of Ulaanbaatar. Our cable transport solution is a perfect fit with the principle of reducing environmental impact and substantially enhancing urban mobility in Ulaanbaatar and its outskirts, in particular the connection of the new district of Bayankhoshuu with the city centre. This is a project that makes sense for the development of this capital city and its suburbs, in the same way as has previously been achieved in Latin America and with our projects currently underway in France, in Toulouse and soon in Grenoble. For this first ropeway line in the country, POMA and our partner EGIS have joined forces to deliver a turnkey project, made in France.

Commercial Director and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board at POMA.

Fabien FELLI

Cable transport in Ulaanbaator

They talk about it

Working on this project is a great honour for EGIS’ teams, who are eager to provide the population with sustainable and environmentally responsible mobility solutions.

We are proud that we can support the teams of the manufacturer POMA on an urban cable transportation project by offering our design
and construction skills for buildings and ancillary systems on a turnkey basis.

Executive Director Rail of EGIS.

Olivier BOUVART
POMA and EGIS

a solid alliance

This new transport project is the fourth joint collaboration for EGIS and POMA.

It demonstrates their shared motivation for the development of this ecological and cost efficient mode of transport, and the complementary strengths of two French industries: a manufacturer and an engineering firm working in concert on domestic projects such as the Grenoble cable car project, but also worldwide.

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Last capsule installed on the biggest observation wheel in the world

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Towers of the citadel gondola lift installed by helicopter

This Tuesday, october 6, 2020, the inhabitants of Namur were able to observe from the docks of the Sambre river the helicopter transportation of the pylons on the esplanade of the Citadel, the arrival station of the future tourist gondola lift of the Walloon capital.

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French ski championships parasports & adapted sports

At the beginning of March, 30 employees took part in actions to help organise the French ski championships, Parasports in Peisey Vallandry, then Adapted Sports in Lelex – Mont Jura.

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The “AEROVIA” cable car will soon be the new lifeline of the city

Whilst urban cable cars are being discussed around the world, Guayaquil is already a major step ahead. In the Ecuadorian city, a cable car is currently being constructed, which links two towns together, crosses a river and accesses the city centre. Moreover, French cable car manufacturer POMA also submitted a successful funding concept.

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Portrait of Jean Pomagalski

When he created his very first surface lift, did Jean Pomagalski imagine that POMA would establish itself as one of the world leaders in ropeway transport by offering ever more innovative and leading-edge solutions? That these solutions would leave the mountain peaks to find their place in many fields, for various applications: sports, tourism, urban mobility or in the service of science and industry?

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28.09.2020
On the new biggest Observation wheel in the world,

the “Ain Dubai” capsules are installed

Barely 2 years after the launch of the project, POMA has finalized the installation of 48 non-standard capsules on Bluewaters Island, in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

 

2 days in pictures

Fondation POMA Proposer projet
Fondation POMA Proposer projet
Fondation POMA Proposer projet

Testimony

Vincent Vanneyre

This event was the perfect opportunity to get involved in a cause that I support, to meet one of my friends there and share his passion together with some other POMA co-workers.

The program lived up to the memories that I have, and which constantly gives me the desire to continue to invest myself: sharing moments of life and hint of happiness where everyone contributes in his own way.

An experience not to be missed under any circumstances, where people, disabilities and nationalities mingle indiscriminately!

Ingénieur maintenance, POMA

Fondation POMA Proposer projet

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Last capsule installed on the biggest observation wheel in the world

On Bluwaters Island, Dubai (United Arab Emirates), POMA has installed the 48th and last capsule on the world’s biggest observation wheel, named Ain Dubai.

Learn more

POMA and EGIS will implement the 1st urban ropeways of Mongolia

Consortium leader POMA and EGIS have been tasked with a cable transportation project for the city of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. POMA will implement the first urbain ropeways in Ulaanbaatar.

Learn more

Portrait of Jean Pomagalski

When he created his very first surface lift, did Jean Pomagalski imagine that POMA would establish itself as one of the world leaders in ropeway transport by offering ever more innovative and leading-edge solutions? That these solutions would leave the mountain peaks to find their place in many fields, for various applications: sports, tourism, urban mobility or in the service of science and industry?

Learn more

POMA Colombia celebrates its 5-year milestone!

At the end of 2018, POMA Colombia celebrated the anniversary of its creation. In the five years since it began, this small structure has become a strong subsidiary, essential to POMA’s business throughout Latin America and the group’s Hub in the region. Firmly established in its market, it represents the POMA values, know-how and expertise with dignity.

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portrait Jean Pomagalski
6.08.2019
Portrait of

Jean Pomagalski

From the early inventions to the international group

When he created his very first surface lift, did Jean Pomagalski imagine that POMA would establish itself as one of the world leaders in ropeway transport by offering ever more innovative and leading-edge solutions? That these solutions would leave the mountain peaks to find their place in many fields, for various applications: sports, tourism, urban mobility or in the service of science and industry?

 

Relive the history of POMA through that of its creator…

KEY FIGURES OF POMA & POMAGALSKI

date

1947

Creation of Pomagalski company

téléski

1934

First ski lift

Cabine

1966

First cable car

Fleche POMA

2014

Pomagalski becomes POMA

The beginning

of POMA

Jean Pomagalski, born in 1905 in Poland, arrived in France with his family at the age of two. Fleeing Polish repression, Jean Pomagalski’s family found refuge in the Grenoble region, where his father quickly found a job in industry, which was booming during this period.
Jean Pomagalski adapted perfectly to his life in France, so much so that he chose French nationality. He was an exemplary student at “Vox”, the Vaucanson vocational school in Grenoble, in the “Building” section.

The first company, the first ropeway transport systems

In the 1920s, he created his own masonry company, “Entreprise Générale de Travaux Jean Pomagalski” and carried out the structural works for buildings in Isère.
An inventor at heart, he created his first ropeway in 1927 on one of his construction sites. Long before transporting skiers to the top of the slopes, this first aerial conveyor was used to transport materials more easily to the site of a hard-to-reach chalet in Saint-Hilaire-du-Touvet (France).

 

The creation of POMA

Passionate about skiing, Jean Pomagalski designed a new way of operating a “ski lift”.
In February 1934, after several years of research and testing, the first surface lift with a tow rod was installed in Alpe d’Huez (France), on the slopes of Eclose. It didn't look anything at all like today’s surface lifts! It was made using telegraph poles, an old truck deck and a used Ford engine. A system that looked wobbly but which nevertheless worked, marking an important milestone in the world of ropeways.

 

Jean Pomagalski worked to make the tow rods detachable so that they could be stored in the station and made available on request. In 1944, after several years and several stages of improvement, the engineer developed the bushing fastener, based on the principle of an elongated ring locked in line by lever effect. He then filed the patent “Improvements to traction or ropeway systems using endless cable”. This efficient system became popular and is still used today on most surface lifts with detachable tow rods.
Following the success of his invention, Pomagalski refocused the activity of his public works company on the assembly and marketing of his fixed and detachable surface lifts.
Faced with growing demand, on 11 December 1947, he created the public limited company Pomagalski, named after himself (which would become POMA in 2014).

Jean Pomagalski téléski
Jean Pomagalski téléski
The development

of new ropeway products

The first chairlifts

In 1955, he embarked on the creation of a new, rather unusual system: a single-seat chairlift that could take skiers to the top of the Vioz slope, on the Planpraz plateau in Chamonix (France). Until the late 1970s, this system was the only way to access the Altitude 2000 restaurant from the Planpraz cable car station.
With the help of the army, two test chairlifts were installed in Les Arcs (in Savoie) before Pomagalski delivered his first two-seater chairlifts for the general public in Chamonix in 1960 at the Bossons Glacier.

The first gondola lift

Driven by innovation, he installed the first gondola lift in Val d’Isère (France) six years later, in collaboration with SIGMA Plastics, a manufacturer of polyester cabins (now a subsidiary of the Group). This first version of the gondola lift opened by hand. 50 years later, the Daille became the first gondola lift to be fitted with Symphony cabins in France during its renovation. It was not until a year later, in 1967, that POMA unveiled its first automatic gondola lifts in Les Menuires, in Savoie (France).

Télésiège monoplace POMA
télésiège historique de Chamonix POMA
télécabine historique de la Daille POMA
POMA becomes

international

Pomagalski did not stop with the conquest of the French peaks. His first inventions quickly generated interest around the world, and many other countries began to order ropeway transport systems.
In the 1960s, Pomagalski SA was the leading supplier of surface lifts and chairlifts in Europe and generated 82% of its turnover through exports: United States, Canada, Middle East, North Africa, but also New Zealand, Australia and South America were turning to POMA inventions.

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Jean Pomagalski’s death

His business was only at the start of its rise to prominence when Jean Pomagalski passed away on 8 July 8 1969 at Grenoble hospital, in a room with, at his request, a view of the Bastille de Grenoble and its aerial ropeway. A few years later, in 1976, the ropeway was renovated by POMA.

Jean Pomagalski left the reins of his company to Gaston Cathiard, an athlete and mountain lover, just like him. As the new face of POMA, the latter continued its development by following the same vision as its founder: an innovative company that works for the benefit of users and remains resolutely international. In 1977, POMA became the world leader in ropeway transport with 80 gondola lifts, 300 chairlifts and 3,500 surface lifts installed in 39 countries. In 1980, he was succeeded by his son Jean-Pierre Cathiard.

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French ski championships parasports & adapted sports

At the beginning of March, 30 employees took part in actions to help organise the French ski championships, Parasports in Peisey Vallandry, then Adapted Sports in Lelex – Mont Jura.

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At the end of 2018, POMA Colombia celebrated the anniversary of its creation. In the five years since it began, this small structure has become a strong subsidiary, essential to POMA’s business throughout Latin America and the group’s Hub in the region. Firmly established in its market, it represents the POMA values, know-how and expertise with dignity.

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POMA Colombia
5.04.2019
POMA Colombia celebrates

its 5-year milestone!

At the end of 2018, POMA Colombia celebrated the anniversary of its creation. In the five years since it began, this small structure has become a strong subsidiary, essential to POMA’s business throughout Latin America and the group’s Hub in the region. Firmly established in its market, it represents the POMA values, know-how and expertise with dignity.

The group's history in Latin America began in the 1960s, in the Andean ski resorts, and entered a new chapter in 2004 with the construction of Line K of the Metro de Medellin, the start of a strong and enduring partnership in Colombia.

POMA Colombia

This urban gondola lift incorporated into a public transit system was a world first and quickly became a model for many large cities in terms of sustainable transportation and social inclusion. With the Metrocable, the city was gradually transformed, connecting the different neighbourhoods and their inhabitants.

Along with this mobility, from the start of the project, the POMA Colombia team has fit into the local landscape and implemented social initiatives that have become a lasting part of its POMA identity. Today, POMA Colombia continues to support many environmental, social and cultural organisations.

Following quickly from the first, a second Metrocable line was installed in Medellin in 2008, and in 2010 a gondola lift was created as a tourist attraction.

In 2013, POMA decided to set up a solid base in Colombia by creating a subsidiary there, thus strengthening its local presence, in close proximity to its Colombian and Latin American customers. That same year, with its original team of four people, the new subsidiary won invitations to tender for maintenance and inspection contracts with Metro de Medellin.

Several successful operations later, this fruitful partnership with Metro de Medellin was stronger than ever, and POMA Colombia began responding to direct requests. The company had to move twice, to the south of Medellin in 2014 and then to the north of the city in 2018, closer to its main customer and to larger premises that could accommodate its 84 employees.

Equipe POMA Colombia
Proximity, expertise and responsiveness:

POMA COLOMBIA IS ALL GROWN UP !

With 13 installations completed to date, become the gateway in Latin America. Its business lines and areas of expertise have diversified. While maintenance and inspections remain the core business, POMA Columbia now delivers turnkey lifts, as it has for Medellin and Pereira, in collaboration with POMA France.
POMA Colombia is reaching a turning point in its development. It is evolving from an equipment supplier into a company offering complete solutions, present at every stage in the project: from the design phase to construction, project management, assembly and maintenance, and even the production of mechanical sub-assemblies (tower tubes, beams, walkways and even certain station structures) with a local partner.
And given the massive growth of ropeway transportation in LATAM, this is only the beginning!


POMA Colombia celebrates
its 5-year milestone!

POMA Colombia

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In April, POMA Colombia celebrated the milestone of 100,000 operating hours on the K line with Metro de Medellin !