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PRINOTH, WORLD LEADER IN SNOW GROOMING
Its over 50 years of experience in manufacturing high-quality snow groomers, has also led to it winning an order worth €15 million for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
The Prinoth brand is based in Alto Adige, and it boasts one of the world's most complete assortments, designed to meet every need: from ski slopes to cross-country ski runs, from machines for transporting to those for building a snow park.
The models are all characterised by their high levels of technology, sophisticated design and increased levels of comfort in the driving compartment.
At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Prinoth - with a contract to supply of 62 groomers - was charged with preparing all the runs intended for use in the Olympic competitions: downhill; super combined; slalom; giant slalom; freestyle and snowboarding. Of all the Prinoth products, the one that represents the flagship of the group's tracked vehicles is the new Leitwolf (literally "pack leader") that combines cutting-edge technology with high levels of performance.
The model features many technological innovations, beginning with the unique system for the parallel movement of the tiller. It is a world exclusive that allows the tiller's type coupling to be moved individually and on the basis of the operational needs, with the possibility of switching between parallel movement and free trailing.
This means it is possible to provide the ski run with a perfect surface throughout its entire width and to guarantee greater stability when tilted.
Another unique feature: the width of the track exceeds those of all other vehicles in this class and the widening of the blade provides increased thrust and accurate edges to the run.
The active undercarriage, with the reduction of the surface upon which the tracks rest, guarantees maximum manoeuvrability, while the increase allows greater climbing ability and a higher thrust force.
The new model also pays attention to the issue of sustainability: using the latest generation of Scr technology it guarantees a 90% reduction in fine particles and 50% drop in carbon dioxide emissions. And that's not all: the situational adaptation of the tilling capacity allows the reserve power to be used for the vehicle's traction; so it will be down to the actual operator who decides on how to distribute the power between the tiller and the vehicle.
The groomers are not the only range of Prinoth products. Over the years Prinoth has also specialised in multi-functional tracked vehicles and in those for the management of vegetation.
The company, based in Vipiteno, was founded in 1951 when the racing driver and constructor Ernst Prinoth opened a simple car workshop.
Over the years, thanks to a programme of research and innovation, the company has continued to grow. In 2005 it took over the grooming division of Camoplast (Bombardier), a Canadian leader in that area of technology, and then, in 2009, the multi-purpose tracked vehicle division.
Thanks to the strategic alliance with Ahwi, German manufacturer of agricultural and forestry machinery, in 2011 Prinoth extended its sphere of operations to this third sector.