Intamin's History

1967

INTAMIN WAS FOUNDED

 

The Intamin company was founded in 1967. Over the following 50 years, Intamin has become a well-known international brand within the amusement industry.
From the start these were very positively received by the main markets. A company formed by three men sharing a small apartment as an office in Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, has now evolved into a number of independent and self-supporting Intamin companies with hundreds of employees in many countries worldwide.

70'S

GROWING THE BRAND

 

Among the unique rides being produced at the time were favourites such as: The Flying Dutchman, Looping Starships, Tow Boats, Double and Triple Wheels, and Bounties of all sizes, including a gigantic 320 seat version for Japan.

 

1979

BIRTH OF THE LEGENDARY RAPID RIDE

 

Six Flags AstroWorld and Intamin AG partnered in 1979 to build the world's first river rapids ride in 1980 called Thunder River. The water ride became so popular at AstroWorld that Six Flags debuted six new river rapids in the early 1980s, including Six Flags Over Georgia in 1982, and at Six Flags St. Louis in 1983

 

1979

SPACE TOWER, THE TALLEST TOWER IN THE WORLD, AT 182 M

 

Intamin is at the forefront of providing another benchmark to the market of Observation towers around the world. The tallest tower, 182 meters (600 ft), is in Argentina, but many others will be supplied between 50 to 110 meters as well in the coming years.

 

80'S

AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE SIMULATOR MARKET

 

Since Intamin was already very busy with several different rides, Robert Spieldiener decided to create a separate company, based in his home town in Liechtenstein, and focus on different types of attractions. Teaming up with a Californian large format film projection system supplier, Intamin was at the forefront of the emerging simulator market and quickly became the market leader with over 50 motion cinemas to their name, including the exotic Back to the Future / Simpsons for Universal, Multi Motion Dark Rides for Leo Foo and Lotte World, and other specialized simulators.

 

1982

THE FIRST FREE FALL

 

The first Free Fall was supplied to Magic Mountain for the 1982 season. A total of 15 such rides were delivered to the USA, Canada, and Japan. This was a major high profile ride which pushed the envelope as far as technical achievement in the amusement industry, however due to its popularity and long lasting commercial life, it was imperative to increase the capacity and decrease the maintenance costs.

 

1994

BREAKING RECORDS

 

The world’s first and largest travelling Inverted Coaster, the Eurostar. It was transportable using over 90 trucks. As well as an Inverted Coaster, an Indoor Spiral Coaster, a Spinning Coaster, a Runaway Mine Train, the first Roller Coaster over 100mph which subsequently was also the first Linear Motor powered coaster and not to forget, the World’s record 10 Inversion Coaster.

 

1995

FIRST EVER GIANT DROP

 

Finally, in 1995, birth was given to the tremendously successful, and often copied, Giant Drop. This new technology employed rare earth magnets, utilizing the phenomena by passing an inert blade between two rare earth magnets creating an eddy current onsequently increasing the resistance and thus a braking of the movement, which results in a failsafe system without any friction or wear and tear.

 

2000

TALLEST WHEEL IN THE WORLD, GIANT WHEEL FUKUOKA, JAPAN

 

Back in 2000, a Giant Ferris Wheel was built in Fukuoka, Japan. Standing at 120 meters, it was the tallest at that time. Design has also been completed for even taller wheels.

 

2002

FIRST EVER WHEEL ON A BUILDING, ROPPONGI, JAPAN

 

As well as the common wheel, Intamin also provides the very unusual wheel, such as the wheel on a building in Roppongi, Japan. This wheel circles around the outside of the building and has consequently initiated a new chapter in the Big Wheel business with an array of diverse shapes being possible.

 

2002

INTAMIN`S UNRIVALED HYDRAULIC LAUNCH TECHNOLOGY

 

As technology becomes more accessible, the company attempts wherever possible to employ it in our industry and conceptions. When the diminishing supply of power became a concern, especially in the United States, a new system of launching was investigated and developed. The resulting hydraulic powered winches allow for coasters of even higher speeds and accelerations, going from a standing start in just 4.5 seconds!

 

2005

THE HIGHEST & FASTEST COASTER IN THE WORLD - KINGDA KA

 

Combining this new innovative system with Intamin’s ingenuity produced not only launch coasters containing inversions, but also the highest coaster in the world at over 140 meters tall.

 

2010

SETTING NEW WORLD RECORDS, FORMULA ROSSA, FERRARI WORLD, ABU DHABI

 

Intamin has set a further new world record for the fastest roller coaster on earth with an amazing speed of 240 km/h, which is reached from a standing start in just 4.5 seconds!

 

2014

THE SKY JUMP

 

The most innovative new ride in the segment of free fall towers is the new Sky Jump. This free fall tower is with a height of way beyond 100m the tallest freestanding drop ride in North America. But what makes this free fall attraction incomparable and incredibly spectacular is the dropping position of the passengers. The vehicles are tilting forwards 95° once at the top and enable the passengers to experience the position of a skydiver. The ride experience is absolutely unique and despite being a white knuckle attraction the ride experience is extremely smooth.

 

2016

MULTIPLE RECORD BREAKING LAUNCH COASTER - TARON

 

With this unique layout, the track crosses an unbelievable 116 times, which is a World record for any coaster. TARON holds a total of 4 World Records. Besides being the fastest multi launch coaster in the world, having the fastest catapult drive (LSM) in the world, it is also the longest multi launch coaster of its kind in the world and the number of intersections is breaking any record.

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