Kingda Ka, USA - ©Intamin
Patrick Spieldiener, who took over the management role from his father and uncle 20 years ago, still enjoys watching «his» audience. He likes it when people look excited after getting off one of his rides and immediately get back in line, keen to ride again.
- Intamin = INTernational AMusement INstallation
- Over 50 years of success (since 1967)
- CHF 100 million in annual sales (75% amusement rides, 25% monorails)
- 100 employees in Liechtenstein
- 1,000 rollercoasters on all continents.
- 1,000 people work permanently on Intamin products worldwide
- One rollercoaster costs between CHF 3 and 30 million
- A leading innovator that has achieved many firsts. Linear motors, magnetic brakes, hydraulic catapult, and much more.
- Numerous records: highest ride, fastest ride – records that are usually surpassed by Intamin itself with its next innovation.
Seize opportunities. Show courage.
«Can you build a watch tower for our amusement park?» This unusual request from Sweden arrived at the Swiss cable car manufacturer Bühler in the mid-sixties. The project was a success and attracted much attention. This would soon be followed up by further requests, this time from the US. Because the Swiss cable car manufacturer preferred its domestic market and well-known products, the tower's designers themselves took the opportunity to found their own company. This courageous decision to move out of their comfort zone and out into the world eventually paid off: 50 years and about 1,000 rides later, Intamin has long been one of the leading rollercoaster builders in the world. Even if succession planning can be difficult, Patrick Spieldiener is convinced of the advantages of running a family business. He appreciates being able to make quick decisions, which can be revised at any time, if necessary, and to plan for the long term «because we have no investors or shareholders breathing down our necks, pushing us to increase sales and profits.»
Ikaros, Gröna Lund, Schweden - ©Intamin
Soaring with Dragon, China - ©Intamin
10 Inversion Coaster, Cinecitta World, Italien - ©Intamin
Goosebumps – made in Liechtenstein
In the mid-1980s, three people died in a tragic rollercoaster accident in Canada. Intamin's founders saw a long-standing design partner go bankrupt in the wake of court cases. To minimise risk, they founded another company in neighbouring Liechtenstein and began to appreciate the small state's advantages as a location. They were particularly impressed by the country's business-friendly nature and its liberal approach to politics and corporate law. The company headquarters in Schaan has been the heart and brain of the company since the mid-1990s, while its Swiss site in Wollerau supports its colleagues in the Principality as a competence centre and engineering office.
The Principality of Liechtenstein is a stand-out industrial location. A whopping 40% of gross value added and 39% of jobs are in industry and manufacturing. Financial services account for around 25% of gross value added.