– Are cable ways in demand in Europe?
– In Switzerland, for instance, the use of cable ways is quite problematic, you know. Our underground and rail ways are still more advanced. In other countries, we are successfully building cable ways over ground, water, over residential neighborhoods, and industrial zones. By the way, they are basically used as public transport.
– And what about non-European countries, for example China? Are they interested in such projects?
– Yes, sure! The population, as well as the authorities of China are very interested in cable ways. Cable ways are fast, and they save time. Thus, they generally help to improve transport accessibility, relieve roads and reduce traffic jams. The cableway average carrying capacity is 1600-2000 passengers per hour. Thus, it is not inferior to traditional modes of public transport, and even surpasses them in some aspects.
– When you came up with the Moscow cable way project, could you imagine establishing the local production of related equipment in Moscow?
– To be honest, such an idea came to us almost immediately. There is great potential in developing this mode of transport in Russia, and in Moscow in particular. In addition, the local production will reduce transportation costs by about 50%. It will also allow us to sell this equipment on the local Russian market and even to export it.
– Who will work at the plant?
– We will train Russian specialists. Our main objective is to transfer our technology and Swiss quality.
– There is an opinion that in the very near future, people will almost completely abandon conventional daily transport means and switch to air transport. This is not about cable ways, but rather about helicopters. Do you think this can really happen?
– You know, anything can happen. But! Cable ways are safer than air transport. It is important that it is also a safer transport means from an operational point of view. Cable ways are practically independent of weather conditions: they do not depend on visibility, precipitation, or temperature. Maybe someone will use helicopters in the future, however, cable ways are more promising as a public transport mode.
– Today, cable cars are mainly designed for 8-10 people. Should their capacity be increased?
– Cable cars are intended for a small number of people. As I have already said, this is a self-sufficient mode of transport, and you travel comfortably from A to B. At the same time, you have 5-7 seconds to get in, since the cable cars do not stop at the stations. A proper number of passengers for such a time interval would be 8-10 people. Therefore, there is no point in making larger cars, as this would decrease the travel speed, as well as passengers' comfort and personal space.
– As you started managing the company, could you assume that your products and your cable ways would be so widely used around the world?
– No, I couldn't imagine anything like that. I inherited the business from my father and continued his work. Our company was growing gradually, and step by step we have turned it into an international project, into a global leader in the industry. And today, we have more than 20 manufacturing companies in Europe and Asia.