Shenzhen observation wheel
POMA produced the 28 capsules of the observation wheel for the Chinese megalopolis of Shenzhen. Developed specifically to withstand a very hot and humid climate, they presented a real technical challenge, which the group’s teams managed to overcome.
Just as in the neighbouring megalopolis, Hong Kong, where POMA participated in the construction of the observation wheel in 2014, it is now possible to admire the city of Shenzhen aboard an impressive 130-metre-high Ferris wheel. The 28 7-metre-long capsules with a diameter of 4.2 metres can each accommodate 25 people for a unique experience aboard French-quality cabins.
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Technical challenge met
The manufacture of these structures was a real challenge that the POMA subsidiary specialised in machine welding, SACMI, managed to overcome; the complexity and delicacy of the parts to be assembled and welded required even more advanced technical skills with welding qualifications specific to this type of work.
JUMA produced the Ferris wheel but the end customer insisted that the capsules be French, and more specifically made by POMA, to guarantee a long-lasting Ferris wheel, like those of London, Las Vegas, etc. POMA is now recognised as one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of Ferris wheel capsules.
The Methods service was also challenged to break down the manufacturing steps into sub-assemblies and a “Lean” organisation to make sure components were delivered on time.
Shenzhen observation wheel cabins in pictures
POMA special projects:
France – Lyon – 2018
POMA carried out the special inspection of the iconic funicular railway in Lyon. During the inspection, its carriers as well as the drive station were completely renovated and upgraded in SIGMA’s workshops, according to the SYTRAL guidelines aimed at “providing users with an even greater level of comfort, while preserving the line’s historic heritage”.Read
Hong Kong Wheel
China – Hong Kong – 2014
POMA produced the 45 cabins for the Hong Kong observation wheel in China. The observation wheel offers spectacular views over the bay and megacity centre, both during the day and at night.Read
United Arab Emirates – Dubai – 2020
For the world’s largest observation wheel, commissioned for the Dubai World Expo, POMA built 48 outsized capsules, the largest and heaviest ever produced. The teams came up with evermore ingenious product development solutions and met a very high level of customer demand.Read
England – Brighton – 2016
POMA designed and manufactured the entire pod and drive system of the world’s tallest observation tower, known as the British Airways i360. A unique concept, located on the Brighton seafront in the south of England.Read
United States – Miami – 2016
Miami International Airport inaugurated its two APMs in 2016 and 2017. The two APM trains travel 375 m and carry up to 12,000 passengers per hour between the main terminal and terminal E.Read
Egypt – Cairo – 2012
The expanding Cairo International Airport, one of the largest in the Middle East, wanted a high-performance link to connect its three airport terminals and to provide access to the car parks and shopping centre. The specifications for the construction of the MiniMetro® were speed, silence, comfort, availability and also environmental considerations.Read
Liaison Blanc Blanc
France – Grenoble – 2010
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England – London – 2000
Right in the heart of London, on the banks of the River Thames, 32 rotating capsules climb to 135 m, taking visitors above the rooftops of London for an exceptional view of the entire capital.Read
The High Roller
United states – Las Vegas – 2014
Caesars Entertainment has entrusted the POMA Group with the design and manufacture of the High Roller observation wheel capsules. A flagship attraction of “The Linq”, a new urban and entertainment district in Las Vegas.Read