*** This post was edited by DorneyDante on 11/26/2002. ***
Giovanola isn't out of business. They just haven't designed and built any rides lately. Somebody more informed can say why. They still make the track for B&M overseas and they have been building steel stuff(industrial equipment, track) for decades. I don't know about Goliath, but Titan is my favorite coaster. It's fast very, smooth, and intense so i don't think it is because their rides are bad because they are certaintly not.
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I'm not very sure about this but i don't think Givanola makes track for B&M at all anymore. I could be really wrong about this but feel free to correct me if you have anything to show what the real fact is.
Also, their website: http://www.giovanola.ch/
Neither Giovanola nor GTec have produced track pieces, equipment or anything else for Bolliger & Mabillard.
Giovanola produced equipment for Intamin - that's it!
Yeah Giovanola have been in the steel making industry since 1888 but they only got into making coasters in '99.
Sorry, you missundertstood something: Titan, Goliath and Anaconda are their own coaster creations.
Before 1999, Giovanola was one of the sub-contractors of Intamin, building several parts of Eurostar, Intamin's stand ups (e.g. Shockwave in Drayton Manor), the original Z-Force, ... .
They haven't stop producing coasters, why would they still offer to build new coasters on their website. And it's not an old site, they updated it not along time ago with this new design and layout.
By the way they also built a Stand-Up at Skara Sommarland which later was selled to Le Ronde and is now known a Le Cobra.
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Can anyone tell us how good of a ride Anaconda is? One thing that sparks my interest in this coaster is it's two consecutive corkscrews.
What I've heard (keep in mind that I've heard this from GTec employees) is that Anaconda is B&M smooth, and propably the most intense inverted coaster in the world. Due to its 2 abreast train design this coaster can easily deal with high laterals. The most exclusive feature of this ride is not the corkscrew-combination, but the space curve! The space curve is a helix, on which your feet get above your head. An overbanked helix...
I would certainly like to try this coaster, too bad it's a long drive to South-Africa.. ;)
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Yeah, I kinda wonder about them, I looked them up on rcdb and was incredibly surprised when all I saw was Anaconda, Titan, and Goliath. I kinda think the track of Titan and Goliath is ugly, too, but then again I'm used to Intamin and B&M.
Keep your nice day to yourself.
Well, GTec has made numerous flatrides, including their Freefall ride. They have also manufactured two stand-up coasters, and the unique inverted coaster EuroStar. So they did quite some work. They also invented the box-bream track, well known because B&M uses this track on all their coasters.
Sometime next week I'll have a designer profile of GTec online, I'm still working on the final details and photo's. You'll find GTec to still be an active company.
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this e-mail may intrest the ones who are confused about the whole Gio thing lol.
This is from Giovanola Freres SA (GFSA) in Switzerland. We have been following with interest and some amusement the Internet discussions concerning our Company. We feel the time is now right to set the record straight. GFSA has been designing and building roller coasters and other equipment for amusement parks for many years. Our products have always been sold through other companies such as Intamin and more recently Giovanola Amusement Rides Worldwide (GARW). GARW is a completely separate company in which we hold no part. As far as we, GFSA are concerned, there has been no change in our policy, we still have the same top notch design and construction teams available to design and build amusement park equipment for installation anywhere in the world.
GFSA is not, and has no intention of being, a General Contractor and as such has rarely, in the past, worked directly with the final customer. However GFSA is ready and willing to work with any company that wishes to use our expertise in the design and construction of amusement park equipment.
dosent actually help much but it explains a few things
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