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News from EAS 2010, Rome


S & S Worldwide US company S & S was one of the major ride manufacturers taking part in this year’s EAS event and in addition to being one of the foremost producers of major coaster based attractions, is currently trying to “broaden out” its product range, according to vice-president Kevin Rowher. “We’re looking at how we add to our


product range to bring added value,” he told InterPark, adding that the company will be introducing two new children’s rides at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. These will be the Junior Swing and the Mini Hu, an adult version of which is on the way too. “We are also bringing in theming packages


for the Free Flight and El Loco rides,” he added, “so are trying to get more into doing more family rides.” S & S is currently involved in a variety


of projects, several of which are close to completion in China for various OCT parks, while a new launch coaster vehicle is to be unveiled at the forthcoming IAAPA Expo too. And with reference to the Ring°Racer coaster


at the Nurburgring race track theme park in Germany, Rowher said this will be ready for opening in May 2011, by which time S & S will have the attraction ready for operation. It will then be up to the park, he added, as to when it will begin operations.


Will Wasser and Alberto Brandestini on the booth of abc rides


Pax Company Much of the work in the attractions industry currently being carried out by Pax involves the development of a number of new rides for Russian parks rather than the international industry, according to the company’s Anna Novikova. “We are working mostly with Russian parks


S & S Worldwide vice-president Kevin Rowher


abc rides The Swiss company continues its on-going relationship with the German park Potts Park in relation to its first ever Dynamic Swing Glider ride. Some final development work on the


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at the moment,” she confirmed, “and also trying to get into operating more with parks and cities with our Giant Wheels. We are moving away from coasters a little and concentrating on the Giant Wheels.” Novikova also confirmed that Pax Company


president Vladimir Gnezdilov is to chair the upcoming ISO standards committee, the first meeting of which will take place in January in Moscow. This will be made up of industry specialists and representatives of standards institutions from various countries.


attraction is being completed and according to the company’s Alberto Brandestini “it is almost ready.” Recent sales by abc rides include two multi


motion gyro towers to Djurs Sommerland in Denmark and Kongeparken in Norway, while Brandestini also informed InterPark that the company is looking to provide more smaller, less costly rides, from around €100,000 (US$138,000), for parks with lower budgets. “We often get parks that are looking for such


rides,” he said, “so we are trying to cater to this market.” An example of one such attraction is the new AiRace inflatable tube waterslide ride, featuring two slides running parallel to each other with riders sliding down them, fully clothed, in inflatable tubes.


Ekaterina Sergeeva (left) and Anna Novikova on the Pax stand at EAS


Garmendale Engineering The new Magtrack trackless vehicle system from UK company Garmendale Engineering made its debut at this year’s EAS event, with the first version of the system due for installation at Sundown Adventureland, also in the UK, in the park’s Night before Christmas attraction. Using industrial magnetic tape, the system


provides a wireless track featuring zoned areas to control where the vehicles are at all times. Each vehicle is programmed individually to follow the tape and is capable of turning left and right and spinning and turning in the smallest of areas. Capable of climbing 5 per cent gradients too, the battery powered vehicles run for 12 hours on one charge and feature two doors for access to each of two rows of seats. The Sundown attraction will feature a number


of different scenes from well-known fairytales, along with Santa’s Grotto, with all theming being carried out by specialist KD Decoratives. “We will offer this as a turnkey package with KD


Decoratives,” explained Garmendale’s Shaun O’Brien. “The system does everything we said it would and more and we can also incorporate interactive elements such as guns for shooting targets.”


Garmendale’s David and Zoe Shelmerdine and Shaun O’Brien (right) with one of the new Magtrack vehicles.


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