MND Group Opens A New Production Site

As a major player in cable transportation, the French industrial group MND opened in Savoie, France, its new production and assembly site for ORIZON, its new range of detachable cable transport solutions (gondolas and chairlifts), in the presence of more than 500 guests, dedicated to transport operators, in mountain, urban and tourist environments. With a total investment of 30 million euros, including 10 million for the production site and 20 million for the development and industrialization of the ORIZON range, MND will create around a hundred jobs in the next 24 months. The first recruitments have already started.

This new production space extends the group's overall site, which now reaches 5 hectares (12.3 acres) andcomplements the group's headquarters based in Sainte-Hélène-du-Lac (Savoie) and its other production units dedicated to cable mobility, snowmaking systems, mountain safety and thrilling leisure activities. This new production hall is a continuation of the Made in France strategy implemented by the group for several years now, enabling it to be today the only French cable transport manufacturer to produce all of its ranges of gondolas and chairlifts in France. This site, which is dedicated to the production of sustainable and carbon-free transport solutions, will very soon becovered with 21,500 sq ft of photovoltaic panels which will produce up to 650,000 kWh per year in addition to the 130,000 kWh which are already produced by existing installations. This investment aims to accelerate the decarbonization of the group's industrial activities.

This production site is unique in France, since just a few meters from the buildings, outside, MND built the first ORIZON lift, equipped with cabins and chairs. Fully functional, it allows its customers to discover, and evaluate its solutions on site in real operation.

Xavier Gallot-Lavallée, CEO of MND said "We are very pleased to unveil this new production site and present our new, fully operational range of ORIZON gondolas and chairlifts. This is an important step for our group which will enable us to consolidate our position as a global player and win new market shares in a rapidly developing sector. This investment is a strong marker of our attachment to the reindustrialization of the territory in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region as well as to Made in France."

MND celebrates its 20th anniversary

Created in 2004, the industrial group is celebrating today its twentieth anniversary. Over its two decades of existence, MND has established itself as a key player in the sectors of cable mobility, snowmaking systems, mountain safety and thrilling leisure activities. Through a period of growth and innovation, the family business, taken over in 1999 by Xavier Gallot-Lavallée, has become a major industrial group that operates allover the world. While the turnover was around 300,000 euros at the beginning of the 2000s, MND achieved 91.2 millioneuros in turnover in 2023. MND today has nearly 300 employees, relies on 12 international locations as well as 28 distributors around the world which allow it to export 70% of its production to 50 countries.

Industrial site - key facts:

  • Total area: 540,000 sq ft
  • Offices: 43,000 sq ft
  • Production area: 118,000 sq ft
  • Outdoor storage:118,000 sq ft
  • Roof equipped with photovoltaic panels: 4,300 sq ft, soon 21,500 sq ft additional panels
  • Electric charging station: 27 charging points

MND is a French industrial group specialising in cable mobility, snowmaking systems, mountain safety and thrill creating leisure infrastructures. With over 3,000 customers in 49 countries, MND makes a daily contribution to mobility, leisure and safety for all through its 4 core activities by providing tried and tested, sustainable solutions based on its mountain experience. Based in Savoie, France, MND employs a workforce of almost300 and relies on 12 international sites and 28 distributors to develop its activities worldwide.

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