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Interviews: Coaster Manufacturers at EAS 2017

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Last September, I was in Berlin for this year's Euro Attractions Show as a reporter for French website CoastersWorld. As part of my coverage, I made several interviews with representatives of coaster manufacturers. Here are the first two of these!
 


First, James Swinden of Great Coasters International gives his insight into his company's way of building wooden coasters. I really appreciated his sincere passion for his job, and for a professional still very early in his career, his answers were very articulate and accurate!

Second, Sascha Czibulka, Vice-President of Intamin, gave me a 16-minute long interview that really exceeded my expectations! His answers were superb, detailed and very informative :o His account of how the hydraulic launch system had been created for Knott's Berry Farm was particularly valuable. Really talented senior executive who knows his work very well.


If you're interested, there's some more to come:

- Maximilian Roeser of MACK Rides talks about the manufacturer's lastest coasters, including DC Rivals!
- Chuck Bingham of Martin & Vleminckx discusses the challenges and rewards of building wooden coasters in China.
- Chad Miller of The Gravity Group tells us the story of how he became a coaster engineer, and the most important aspects of a woodie according to him. (hint: airtime!)
- Peter van Bilsen gives the reasons behind Vekoma's remarkable comeback.


I want to thank all people involved in these interviews. The interviewees of course, but also all of my CoastersWorld mates for their precious help in the making of these videos. This was a wonderful experience meeting and interviewing all these professionals, and I hope you'll like the resulting interviews :D

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