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Roller Coaster Design Companies

Fudge

Posted:
1/9/05 at
6:24:51 PM

Who do you think the biggest roller coaster design company is? :>

Re: Roller Coaster Design Companies by AL_W_ at 1/9/05 11:25:46 PM

> Who do you think the biggest roller coaster
> design company is? :>

It all depends... which type of coaster are you referring to?

Al W.

An amusement

Re: Roller Coaster Design Companies by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 1/10/05 5:00:27 AM

> Who do you think the biggest roller coaster
> design company is? :> It all depends... which
> type of coaster are you referring to?

> Al W.
>

It's actually a good question. I've been thinking about it for awhile. You can take the angle of what type, but I'm curious out right who presently delivers more coasters annually on an average basis.

Consistently, B&M delivers a number of projects each year. They basically seem to operate at capacity. Intamin seems to have kept busy over the past several years as well. Arrow, not really in the picture any more. GCI a project every couple of years and CCI is no more. Vekoma fits in there some where.

My answer would have to be B&M not for the number of projects, but for the total size of all of their projects on an annual basis.

I'd be curious to hear what others have to say. It's late, I've probably forgotten some poor company.

Eric

Re: Roller Coaster Design Companies by Link Link Profile at 1/10/05 6:00:44 AM

I'm not an expert on the roller coaster biz--and not to be splitting any hairs, mind you--but I think the way it works is that one company designs a coaster while another company is hired (contracted?) to actually build that roller coaster design.

If it is a question of designing coasters, then the "biggest" roller coaster design company would be Ingenieur Büro Stengel GmbH, which, according to the rcdb:

> The Ingenieur Büro Stengel ("Ingenieur Büro" is
> German for "Engineering Office") company was started
> by Werner Stengel. Simply put, Werner Stengel has
> been involved with more roller coasters than
> anyone. Stengel is involved with so many roller
> coasters because he does not build or sell the
> roller coasters, but works with most of the
> manufacturers that do. The type of work provided by
> Stengel varies from client to client and project to
> project. These services include design, layout and
> calculations for every aspect of roller coasters as
> well as other amusement rides. It is beyond the
> scope of the database to detail these services on a
> ride-by-ride basis.

Now, when it comes to the actual building of roller coasters, I would have to agree with Eric: I would place my bets on B&M for the most builds, with Intamin AG being a close second.

I don't know, though: If you visit the rcdb and view all of the new coasters for 2K&5, Intamin AG comes up quite a few times in the list!

Re: Roller Coaster Design Companies by Captain_Charisma at 1/10/05 9:10:05 AM

> It's actually a good question. I've been thinking
> about it for awhile. You can take the angle of
> what type, but I'm curious out right who
> presently delivers more coasters annually on an
> average basis.

> Consistently, B&M delivers a number of projects
> each year. They basically seem to operate at
> capacity. Intamin seems to have kept busy over
> the past several years as well. Arrow, not really
> in the picture any more. GCI a project every
> couple of years and CCI is no more. Vekoma fits
> in there some where.

> My answer would have to be B&M not for the number
> of projects, but for the total size of all of
> their projects on an annual basis.

> I'd be curious to hear what others have to say.
> It's late, I've probably forgotten some poor
> company.

Maybe it is because I live in Florida and we have a ton of them but I agree with Eric on this one. They seem to be producing more coasters then anybody else. They copy designs sometimes but they also do come out with original designs. It would be interesting to get some real data though and not just our conjectures.