France – Saint-Egrève – 1987

Vicat Industrial Cement Ropeway

The industrial ropeway, which is almost 2 km long, transports materials, crossing the Isère, a 6-lane motorway and with a significant difference in elevation on the slopes of the Vercors Massif to the cement works of Saint-Egrève.

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The project

Renovated by POMA in the 1980s, this materials transportation ropeway at the Vicat cement factory in Saint-Egrève is built on the principle of a detachable ropeway, a system of buckets that automatically unload in the station.

The line is discreetly integrated into the landscape: no noise pollution, no dust.

Its simple and robust design ensures maximum reliability and longevity; the last renovation took place in 2020, the aim was to modernise certain station equipment and replace the mechanical power take-off with drives in the tracks and in the station turnaround area.





1830 m

Difference in elevation




3,25 m/sec

tonnage par heure


200 tonnes of material/ hour

Nombre de pylones

Number of support towers


POMA, innovation

For the project

Rotating distributor

Thanks to its rotating distributor, this ropeway has brought a major improvement in the industrial process, since the loading and unloading of the cars, which is now automatic, was previously carried out by workers.



In 2008, this ropeway celebrated its 20th birthday and was still delivering an impressive performance: 10 million tonnes of aggregate have been transported from the quarry to the factory, crossing a river and a motorway. It would have taken the equivalent of 400,000 trucks to do the same. With the construction equipment, that would have taken nearly 8 million litres of fuel!


ground coverage

The support structure of this system requires little ground space, as opposed to the infrastructure needed for ground-based material transportation.


POMA Material Transports projects

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Brazil – Adrianópolis – 2020

Each day, limestone was transported to the cement plant of Secil Supremo Cimentos by hundreds of trucks, with a huge environmental impact: gas emissions, damage to the road, material spills. The loads are now carried via a FlyingBelt®, a transport solution with a very low environmental impact that is perfectly adapted to topographic constraints.



Brazil – State of São Paulo – 2013

Equipped with 290 buckets, this 10-kilometre-long rope line transports 9,000 tonnes of limestone daily to the cement plant of the city of Apiai, in the state of São Paulo. This quiet, eco-friendly solution helps preserve the natural site.