Fondation POMA
March 2020

French ski championships parasports & adapted sports

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

Some of the tasks entrusted to our volunteers included smoothing the tracks and checking the doors for Alpine ski races, managing supplies and welcoming the athletes for Nordic ski races, or serving meals in the evening.

Everyone greatly appreciated these moments of sharing and commended the courage of the disabled athletes and their determination to surpass themselves.

These two days were a great opportunity to serve others, to better understand disability and look at it in a new light.

2 days in pictures

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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

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French ski championships parasports & adapted sports

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

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?

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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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Fondation POMA
March 2020

French ski championships parasports & adapted sports

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

Some of the tasks entrusted to our volunteers included smoothing the tracks and checking the doors for Alpine ski races, managing supplies and welcoming the athletes for Nordic ski races, or serving meals in the evening.

Everyone greatly appreciated these moments of sharing and commended the courage of the disabled athletes and their determination to surpass themselves.

These two days were a great opportunity to serve others, to better understand disability and look at it in a new light.

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

read +

French ski championships parasports & adapted sports

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

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.

Learn more

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.

Télésièges Colorado hisotiqie

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

Learn more

French ski championships parasports & adapted sports

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

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.

Learn more

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 !