France has been waiting for us
Excellent start for new facility at Montmelian
Following our entry into the French market nearly six months ago, our expectations regarding an extremely successful launch of operations there have been completely fulfilled. Now that the first projects are up and running, we can state with a certain amount of satisfaction that, within a very short time, we have succeeded in shaking up the French market and attracting a huge amount of international attention. Our new French facility has gotten off to a very good start, which not only serves as evidence of the huge potential the country offers in terms of technical snowmaking opportunities; it is also a testament to our team’s outstanding sales performance this year. Through close cooperation with our sister company Leitner France, the team led by Director of Snowmaking Systems, Franck Tiffreau has been able to offer customers an optimal complete solution for their ski resorts. Another important objective for Demaclenko was to successfully launch the new EOS lance concept in the new market. Managers of French ski resorts generally prefer lance snowmaking solutions and we were able to take full advantage of the opportunities this brought us. In fact, the new EOS head has already proved hugely popular among our French partners this year. At this point, we would like to highlight a few projects in more detail to offer you a better idea of how construction operations are progressing overall.
Les Gets is a commune in the Rhône-Alpes region in France that lies 1,160 meters above sea level. This small community is directly linked with the ski resort of the same name. It is very well known far beyond France and is particularly popular among nature-lovers. The snowmaking system project in Les Gets could be described as a pioneering initiative in France and the company is using it as a benchmark for its operations in this new area – which makes it one of the most significant projects of the season. The project stands as a symbol of optimal cooperation and interaction between a wide variety of departments and bodies – from project management through to executive management and the sales team. The contract awarded to our new branch for modernizing the snowmaking system in Les Gets marks the first time that we have successfully sold our overall concept in France.
The delivery of a total of ten new EOS lances demonstrates once again just how important the energy-efficient use of resources is for companies on the French market. The new nozzle concept has made the lance even more robust and this, together with the lance’s high reliability, is definitely a convincing selling point for customers. Along with the lances, the project also involves the installation of several Titan 2.0 fan guns. The new generation of the Titan offers an extremely good balance between snowmaking performance and energy consumption – without compromising on the typical high quality offered by the market leader. An optimal supply of water for the snow guns is ensured by the concrete pits that come with them, which could be considered an ideal interface between the snow guns and the pumping station. The hydraulic equipment in the snowmaking system is also being modernized. For example, Demaclenko is upgrading the existing pumping station and installing a new compressor station along with the new pumps. The project package is rounded off with the provision of the latest generation of the snowVisual control system, which was developed in cooperation with the Leitner Group. The revamped version of this tried-and-tested control software will revolutionize snowmaking and make the work of technicians at ski resorts a lot easier. The software can be controlled either manually or fully automatically and provides all linked components with the information they need.
In addition to the Les Gets project, more than 24 fan guns and over 24 additional lances are also being sent to France. These snow guns will be used at the ski resorts in Vars le Claux, Super Sauze, Risoul, Val Louron, Le Mourtis and Larcenaire, among other places. The machines thus set an example of the level of quality and efficiency the company offers. Our activities in 2015 have allowed us to test the waters and demonstrate to local ski resort managers the superiority of our solutions. This paves the way for us to establish further interesting partnerships in the coming year.