There are many reports in german newspapers about this sad, but not so unexpected, news.
Apparently the company can not pay for its credits and the banks are unwilling to set new credits. Huss is far from being dead, as the Asian market is booming and ordering rides from the company. There are as well lots of orders to be delivered.
When the market for fairground rides declined a decade ago and dutch and italian manufacturers were able to offer cheaper and "lighter" rides, Huss had their first drop in sales. In its heyday Huss sold over a 100 of their most successful ride "Breakdance", and their "Frisbee", "Top Spin", "Enterprise" were top sellers in an over 30 year lasting success story
By the end of the nineties they opened a facillity in Hungary where labour is cheaper. With the concept of "Giant rides" they tried to move into the themepark market. But it seems they didn´t manage to offer cheaper and attractive products for parks that could or would not invest in their monstrous rides.
Apparantly another steel giant "KRUPP" planned to buy Huss and keep it alive but this deal probably fell through.
I really don't want to see them go anywhere...they make great flats.
From my experience, YMMV, etc.
I agree. I hope they pull through this.
I think we will see a downsizing of both the company and their line of products, starting with the Giant rides. A stronger focus on their traditional product line, and improving those rides will prove more fruitful.
Who knows, with the rumor of S&S and Huss being in financial trouble we will see another Arrow-Huss deal.
Its just that these companies were much quicker with adjusting to the changed needs of the showmen: Less transports, less weight would outweigh less passenger throughput (especially when you have a hard time to fill a 40 person ride to capacity).
For years Huss had the best relatioship with travelling showmen. This turned around when Huss suddenly came up with a few rides that proved to be no success with the public after a streak of groundbreaking rides.
The "Jumping" was plagued with technical problems and failed to deliver the "freefall" experience which was advertised by the showmen(!), the "Speedy" was a total flop which was built only once.
The "Megadance/FlicFlac" only became a hit after it was modified with looping gondolas. All showmen pressured Huss to re-design their rides as fast as possible which led to some problems with the rides. Finally Huss bit back after they have been critiziced by their clientele.
This situation culminated in Huss deciding to venture into the amusement park business and skip building fairground rides (The "Fly away" was the last ride that was designed as a park and as a mobile version but it was never sold as a fairground model)
German engineers are a little crazy, but they tend to get it right the first time. I'll miss that.
Better for ya, Rob? ;)
The western themed rainbow at HP was taken out because it was so difficult to get parts for, I believe. There's now a Ham-and-Rye in its place:( The Condor, also at HP, just came out of an extensive maintenance overhaul. I truly thought it was a gonner. The Giant line hasn't been that successful in the North America as well. With only two Giant Frisbees, a Giant Top Spin, and a Jump2 sold, that's not a real solid sales record.
The other problem involves the carnival market in the states. Except for Strates and Reithoffer, how many other carnival companies carry Huss products outside of the ocassional Enterprise (which Strates also owns)? The Top Spin that Strates carries, for example, is too heavy for our aging crappy American roads, and so it only exists due to it being carried by train. While I've never seen it racked up, the Flipper that Reithoffer owns is massive and I believe it takes three trailers to transport.
I really do hope they recover though, as they are one of my favorite flats manufacturers.
Can't speak for parts, but I was at Lake Winnie...hmmm, '04 I think, and Hershey's Conestoga was running HARD and FAST... :)
TUV Standards are considerably more stringent than ASTM, correct?
I still remember getting my first glance at the Rainbow in its original state when it was first at HP. I don't think I'd ever seen a sideways flying carpet ride before. This was on my 8th grade field trip in 84'. We're next in line, the gondola comes to a stop and a young woman puked all over the place. They hosed it down, and then took it for a spindry--twice. That was the seal of approval right there!
It's a shame that their aren't too many Rainbows in the states (that I know of). I used to love riding the one at Mrytle Beach Pavillion because it was so intense. The Chance Falling Stars just don't measure up, and 1001 Nachts at Knoebels (facing inwards) is also really lame. The Zamperla Joker at DP was fairly decent, but it disappeared when Hydra was built. Gadv. had a fireman-themed facing-inwards flying carpet, but I don't know what happened to that either.
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