The first line of the Mi Teleférico cable car network opened in May 2014, connecting La Paz and the neighboring town of El Alto, as was reported in an article by the Tagblatt newspaper. Mi Teleférico currently operates nine lines. With the opening of a tenth next month, the network will be completed for now and have a total length of 32.7km. The ropes for the network were predominantly manufactured by Fatzer AG.
Latin America is a strong territory for the company based in the St.GallenBodenseeArea. “Over the past five years, we have completed various projects there and not lost a single contract,” said Matthias Stacher, responsible for the Latin American market at Fatzer. Cable cars are very popular in this region because their construction is cheaper than tram infrastructure. Half of all urban cable cars in the world are in Latin America. For Fatzer, the scope of activities in the region has steadily increased. “Initially, we received individual orders, but since our business has continued to grow,” Stacher said in the article. In collaboration with Fiberswiss AG from Sitterdorf TG, Fatzer also produced the steel cable for the Sugarloaf Cable Car in Rio de Janeiro, in which fiber optic cable is integrated.
In La Paz, Fatzer is working with the CWA from Olten, which made the cabins for the cable car. CWA is a subsidiary of the Doppelmayr-Garaventa Group from Wolfurt in Austria. The company was also awarded the contract for a project in Chile, for which Fatzer might also supply the cables. “We work with Fatzer a lot,” said Julia Schwärzler, Head of Marketing and Public Relations at Doppelmayr.
Around 100 employees work for Fatzer in Romanshorn. According to Alexander Strauch, Director of Marketing, 2018 was “the year with the highest tonnage of steel wire ropes in our company’s history” and he is also confident about the current year: “We anticipate a good year when it comes to volume. The order situation is stable and we have a good level of outstanding orders.“