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Press Release: December 2nd, 2022

Newest Martin & Vleminckx coaster at Sea World Gold Coast to feature record-breaking crossovers, top speed of 85km/h, and custom theming

 

Mont-Royal, Quebec, December 2nd, 2022- Sea World Gold Coast today announced that it will open its newest family thrill ride, ‘Leviathan’ on Friday December 2nd at its theme park in Gold Coast Australia. The coaster will be the world’s first wooden coaster featuring four crossover sections. The custom theming is designed to represent a sea creature rising from the depths of New Atlantis, Leviathan reaches a top speed of 85km/h, rises over 32 meters high, and a total length of almost a kilometer of wooden track.

Village Roadshow CEO, Clark Kirby said The New Atlantis precinct is a game changer for Sea World with the three world-class rides complimented by unparalleled ride theming and immersive guest experiences. “I am incredibly proud and excited to officially open the Leviathan at Sea World, our team and the ride manufacturer, Martin & Vleminckx have done an outstanding job in creating this truly unique ride experience,” he said. “The Leviathan is a spectacular experience with guests embarking on a journey from the moment they enter the precinct passing by an enormous 9-metre Atlantean warrior statue to enter the ride queue which features incredible theming and state-of-the-art technology to fully-immerse them in an underwater utopian before they brave the 909 metre long wooden coaster.”

The roller coaster even features the last vehicle facing backwards giving guests a unique ride not found anywhere else in Australia. “This isn’t your average amusement park ride. ‘Leviathan’ is an intense and thrilling experience from start to finish!” says Chuck Bingham, Senior Vice President of Martin & Vleminckx, “With its combination of speed, height and twists, we know it will appeal to riders young and old alike.”

Designed in conjunction with The Gravity Group, Leviathan marks another milestone for industry leading manufacturer and installer Martin & Vleminckx.

 

 


Press Release: November 7th, 2022

Martin & Vleminckx Acquires Patent Portfolio of Industry Innovator, Bill Kitchen

 

Mont-Royal, Quebec, November 7th , 2022 – Martin & Vleminckx is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the patent portfolio of Bill Kitchen. Mr. Kitchen’s historic contributions to the industry have included the invention and formation of iFly (originally Skyventure), the inventor of Skycoaster, and most recently, a series of game-changing attractions.

“This acquisition represents Martin & Vleminckx’s commitment to providing our customers with the most diverse and family-friendly portfolio of wood and steel rides in the industry. Bill’s contributions of iconic attractions are unparalleled in their appeal and success, and the addition of his patent portfolio is a response to the market’s needs for thrilling, interactive attractions.”, states Nathan Jones, President of Martin & Vleminckx.

The portfolio includes SkyBlazer®, Unicoaster®, Unicoaster 2.0®, Skyspire®, and G-Storm are among the attractions that are now immediately part of Martin & Vleminckx’s product offering and will be on display at this year’s IAAPA Convention in Orlando.

“I recognized early on that Martin & Vleminckx would be a great steward of these products and provide a global presence with their sales and marketing teams with a reputation for quality products and delivering attractions around the world.”, says, Kitchen.

The transaction marks a key milestone in the growth and success plan for Martin & Vleminckx that focuses on innovation and operational excellence. “We continue to build our company and team to focus on the future of attraction development that offers our clients new ways to attract and thrill their guests.”, states Pierre Cloutier, CEO of Martin & Vleminckx.

 


Press Release: October 6th, 2022
Martin & Vleminckx, Appoints Nathan A. Jones as New President

Mont-Royal, Quebec — Martin & Vleminckx, a world leader in the design, manufacture, fabrication, and installation of traditional wooden roller coasters, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Nathan Jones as the new President of Martin & Vleminckx.

“We are very excited to have Nathan join the Martin & Vleminckx team’’ said Alain Vleminckx, Founder and Chairman of Martin & Vleminckx. ‘’Nathan’s depth of expertise and respected industry leadership will usher in an exciting new chapter for Martin & Vleminckx that will build on our successful track record in the industry.”>

As an active contributor and participant within the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), Jones currently serves as Vice President on the Executive Committee, Board Member on the International Board, and Chairperson of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility Committee and was recently named one of Blooloop’s Top 50 Influencers in the Theme Park industry.

Previous President Pierre Cloutier will transition to CEO of Martin & Vleminckx, offering long-term strategic input while handing day-to-day operations over to Jones.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Martin & Vleminckx at such an exciting time. I am inspired by the vision for the future and to be a part of this executive team with the clear goal to deliver the best attractions in the industry,” commented Jones.


Press Release: April 11th, 2022
Martin & Vleminckx, the Outstanding International Roller Coaster Supplier award winner at the 2021 Asia Attractions Golden Crown event.

Martin & Vleminckx is honored to receive the Outstanding International Supplier award from the Chinese Amusement Park Industry at the 2021 Golden Crown event.

Our latest accomplishment in China, the Sunac Jinan Wooden Dragon is located at The Jinan Rongchuang Cultural Tourism City. This awesome wooden roller coaster, opened to public on May 31st, 2021, has a height of 23 meters, a length of 806 meters and reach a top speed of 74 kilometers per hour and is designed to bring a wonderful ride experience for all family members.  The attraction is very special because of the amazing theming representing the myth of the “The Great Fish that Destroyed a Ship”. 

Martin & Vleminckx is extremely privileged to have an experienced Chinese team in place that allowed us to complete the Jinan Wooden Dragons in time, despite the pandemic. Having a great team in China represents a tremendous advantage for Martin & Vleminckx which is much valued by their Chinese customers. 

The 2021 Outstanding International Supplier award is the 3rd Golden Crown award being won by Martin & Vleminckx. In 2017, Martin & Vleminckx won the “Golden Crown International Outstanding Roller Coaster Supplier Award”, and in 2020, the “Golden Crown Outstanding Supplier of the Decade Award”.  These awards are a wonderful recognition of Martin & Vleminckx’s success in China.


Press Release: November 8, 2021
Martin & Vleminckx Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Alain Vleminckx, President and co-founder of Martin & Vleminckx is stepping down as President, but will remain with the company as CEO and will act as Senior Advisor. As the co-founder and President of Martin & Vleminckx, founded in 1984, Mr. Vleminckx was the cornerstone of the company’s success and he was instrumental in building Martin & Vleminckx’s enviable reputation in the amusement park industry.

Mr. Vleminckx acquired his interest in the amusement business when as a young boy he started working at the now closed Belmont Park in Montreal in 1970, where he operated the Eli Bridge Ferris Wheel.  This very same Wheel was recently purchased by Mr. Vleminckx and brought to the Haines City, Florida facility. In his years working at Belmont Park, he had many roles and many titles.  He had worked in almost every department of the amusement park; as rides supervisor, carpentry, mechanical, electrical and was the Marketing and Public Relations Director until Belmont Park closed in 1981. This eventually led to his appointment as General Manager at La Ronde Park in Montreal, now Six Flags La Ronde, for Ride Concessions. With this experience Martin & Vleminckx was founded with Mr. Ghislain Martin in 1984.

Through Alain’s leadership, the Martin & Vleminckx company accomplished an outstanding number of realizations worldwide, including the installation of the two tallest roller coasters in the world and completed wood coaster installation projects at renowned amusement parks such as Six Flags Holland, Tusenfryd Oslo, Race World Tennessee, Six Flags Great Escape New York, Six Flags La Ronde Montreal.  More recently Martin & Vleminckx has sold multiple wood coasters at parks such as Bay Beach (City of Green Bay), Legoland, FL; 13 projects in China including three (3) for the renowned park operator OCT and seven (7) for Fantawild; also other coasters for parks all over China.  His participation in Martin & Vleminckx’s most recent and dramatically themed wood coaster attraction for Sea World in Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia was integral in acquiring the contract.  This work of art is scheduled for opening in early 2022.

Kevin Hehn has been promoted to President. Kevin has been working in the amusement park industry for over 30 years. In 2010 he joined Martin & Vleminckx and previously held the position of Vice President of Operations.

Alain Vleminckx, CEO

 

Kevin Hehn, President

 


Press Release: December 14th, 2020
Martin & Vleminckx, the International Recognition of Outstanding Suppliers of the Decade award winner at the 2020 Asia Attractions Golden Crown event.

As a recognition of the company success in China, Martin & Vleminckx is honored to be recognized with the industry award as the “International Recognition of Outstanding Suppliers of the Decade’’ at the 2020 Asia Attractions Golden Crown event.

The past decade has been an exciting journey for Martin & Vleminckx. In 2009, Martin & Vleminckx delivered the very first wooden roller coaster to China. Since then, Martin & Vleminckx has delivered a total of 11 wooden roller coasters. Our company is happy to share we are now finalizing the 12th wood coaster in China, the first Family version located at the Sunac Jinan amusement park opening to public in 2021. 

Martin & Vleminckx is extremely proud to have played an active role in the development of the Amusement Park industry in China, delivering our wood coasters for great China companies such as Sunac, Fantawild, Hot Go and OCT. Martin & Vleminckx mode of operation also includes the installation, service, and consulting for any amusement ride worldwide both for the ride purchaser and for vendors worldwide.

Martin & Vleminckx is recognized as having built the highest rated wooden coasters in the industry.  Their wooden roller coasters offer innovative designs that have been highly acclaimed. The Jungle Trailblazer in Ningbo, Jungle Trailblazer in Wuhu, and Jungle Trailblazer in Jinan each offer a thrilling 360 Degree Barrel Roll.  The OCT Wuhan Dualing Dragons offers an exciting Mega High Five element. The biggest dueling track wood coaster “Le Monstre” in the world at La Ronde, Montreal, Quebec was installed by Martin & Vleminckx 35 years ago. For those looking for special theme or nostalgic designs, Martin & Vleminckx resurrected one of America’s most-beloved wooden roller coasters, the Zippin Pippin.

It goes without saying that these achievements make Martin & Vleminckx a world leader in the amusement park industry.


Press Release: May 17, 2019
Martin & Vleminckx, is the exclusive distributor for The Seasonal Group in United States and Canada

Mont-Royal, Quebec, May 17th, 2019 – Martin & Vleminckx, a world leader in the Amusement Park industry, is proud to announce today their agreement as the exclusive distributor for The Seasonal Group in the U.S.A. and Canada. Under this agreement, Martin & Vleminckx will offer innovative animatronic products to the North American amusement park and leisure industry. The Seasonal Group is recognized to offer captivating animatronic products that are enjoyed by families worldwide.

Managing Director, Andrew Bontoft said “we are really excited to have a distribution agreement with Martin & Vleminckx and have worked hard to develop a range of innovative products. There are exciting opportunities for the two businesses to work together and having similar work ethics, we will be able to exploit operational synergies.”

About The Seasonal Group

Founded in 1998, The Seasonal Group is a British manufacturer that supply animated displays, decorations and grottos globally. Their headquarters is located in Halifax, UK. The Seasonal Group have a showroom in UK and Belgium. The company is recognized to offer captivating and state-of-the art animated displays and decorations. Their great customer service, their innovative products and their competitive pricing have contributed to the company success for the past two decades. http://www.theseasonalgroup.co.uk

About Martin & Vleminckx

Martin & Vleminckx, founded in 1984, is a world leader in the Amusement Park industry. Their headquarters is located in Mont-Royal, Canada. Martin & Vleminckx have also a large warehouse, office and workshop facility in Haines City, Florida and two subsidiaries including a warehouse in China. The company built their great reputation on completing top quality work for amusement ride installation of all types and sizes worldwide. Past projects include the installation of the two largest roller coasters in the world.  In China 11 of the 15 wooden roller coasters in the country were fabricated by Martin & Vleminckx. They offer a wide range of services that includes design and delivery of wood coasters of all sizes and types, plus prefabrication, construction, quality control, renovation plans, dismantling, distribution and installation of other amusement ride systems as well as ride parts distribution. www.martin-vleminckx.com

For more information, please contact:

The Seasonal Group

Andrew Bontoft, Managing Director

Tel:+44 1422 366881

andrew@theseasonalgroup.co.uk

Martin & Vleminckx

Alain Vleminckx, President

Tel: +1-863-439-9403 a.vleminckx@martin-vleminckx.com

 


 

Press Release: November 6, 2018

Martin & Vleminckx, announce the appointment of a new Sales Director for the Americas.

Mont-Royal, Quebec, November 6th, 2018 – It is with great pleasure that Martin & Vleminckx announce the promotion of David Welsh as the new Sales Director for the Americas.

Mr. Welsh has over 30 years’ experience in the amusement park industry. Since 2014, he has held the position of Project Manager with Martin & Vleminckx and was a key member of the team that was involved in the installation of many of their renowned wood coasters. He will be responsible for all sales activities in the United States, Canada, South America, Central America and Mexico for: Martin & Vleminckx wooden roller coasters, Fabbri, products, Preston & Barbieri products, as well as ride installation, repair, and dismantling services.

Chuck Bingham, Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Sales, will continue to oversee all sales activities for the Americas and worldwide.

About Martin & Vleminckx

Martin & Vleminckx, founded in 1984, is a world leader in the Amusement Park industry. Their headquarters is located in Mont-Royal, Canada. Martin & Vleminckx have also a large warehouse, office and workshop facility in Haines City, Florida and also new subsidiaries including a warehouse in China. The company built their great reputation on completing top quality work for amusement ride installation of all types and sizes worldwide. Past projects include the installation of the two largest roller coasters in the world.  In China 11 of the 15 wooden roller coasters in the country were fabricated by Martin & Vleminckx. They offer a wide range of services that includes design and delivery of wood coasters of all sizes and types, plus prefabrication, construction, quality control, renovation plans, dismantling, distribution and installation of other amusement ride systems as well as ride parts distribution. www.martin-vleminckx.com

For more information, please contact:

Martin & Vleminckx

Alain Vleminckx, President

Tel: 863-439-9403

a.vleminckx@martin-vleminckx.com


Press Release: March 7, 2018
Martin & Vleminckx announce the opening of a Chinese company in Shenzen and its subsidiary in Wuhan, China.

 Montreal, Quebec, March 7th, 2018, – Martin & Vleminckx, a world leader in the Amusement Park industry, is proud to announce the opening of Martin & Vleminckx Parts and Services (Shenzhen) Ltd and its subsidiary Martin & Vleminckx (Wuhan) Trading Ltd.

Martin & Vleminckx Parts and Services (Shenzhen) is a wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise by Martin & Vleminckx Ltd. The new Chinese companies will provide Chinese customers an improved post sale experience with parts and post sales services available in China. The ride parts distribution as well as maintenance and consulting services will be managed at the Wuhan warehouse.

The opening of these new companies shows MVR’s priority on building long term business relationships with their customers. It also demonstrates MVR’s commitment to provide the best products and services to Chinese customers.

About Martin & Vleminckx

Martin & Vleminckx, founded in 1984, is a world leader in the Amusement Park industry. Their headquarters is located in Montreal, Canada. Martin & Vleminckx also have a large warehouse, office, workshop facility in Haines City, Florida and also new facilities including a warehouse in China. The company built their great reputation on completing top quality work for amusement ride installation of all types and sizes worldwide. Past projects include the installation of the two largest roller coasters in the world.  In China 11 of the 15 wooden roller coasters were fabricated by Martin & Vleminckx. Martin & Vleminckx offer a wide range of services that includes design and delivery of traditional Wood Coasters of all sizes and types, with prefabrication. Other services include construction, quality control, renovation plans, dismantling, distribution and installation of other amusement ride systems worldwide. www.martin-vleminckx.com

 For more information, please contact:

Alain Vleminckx, President

Tel: 863-439-9403

a.vleminckx@martin-vleminckx.com

 

 Martin & Vleminckx集团宣布在中国成立深圳分公司和武汉子公司。

2018年3月7日,魁北克省蒙特利尔 – 游乐行业全球领先企业Martin & Vleminckx集团荣幸地宣布在中国成立了两个分公司:马丁弗莱明克斯备件服务(深圳)有限公司和其子公司马丁弗莱明克斯(武汉)贸易有限公司。

马丁弗莱明克斯备件服务(深圳)有限公司是Martin & Vleminckx集团的全资分公司。新的中国分公司将会为我们中国客户提供更佳的售后服务体验。备件的分销和仓储、设备咨询服务、设备维修服务将统一由武汉子公司进行管理。

Martin & Vleminckx集团中国分公司的成立体现了我们致力于与客户建立长期的商业合作伙伴关系。更表明了我们要为中国客户提供最优质的产品和服务的决心。

关于Martin & Vleminckx集团

Martin & Vleminckx集团创建于1984年,是游乐行业的全球领先企业。其总部位于加拿大蒙特利尔市。其位于美国佛罗里达州海恩斯城的美国分公司旗下拥有办公室、大型仓库和加工车间。刚刚成立的中国分公司旗下也包括一个大型仓库。在全球范围内,通过完成各种类型高质量的游乐设备安装工程,我们在行业内建立了良好的声誉。我们还曾经安装了两个全球最大的过山车项目。在中国市场已经开放的15台木质过山车中,其中11台是由我们交付的。从设计、预加工、安装到调试并交付,Martin & Vleminckx集团可以为客户提供高度定制的木质过山车设备。其它全球业务还包括各类游乐设备的施工、质量控制、设备翻新、拆装、分销和安装。详情请访问官网www.martin-vleminckx.com

 

要获得更详细信息请联系:

Alain Vleminckx 总裁

电话:863-439-9403

a.vleminckx@martin-vleminckx.com

Press Release: December 4, 2017
Martin & Vleminckx, the International Outstanding Roller Coaster Supplier award winner at the 2017 Asia Attractions Gold Crown event.

Asia Attraction Gold Crown Award


Asia Attractions’ 2017 Golden Crown Outstanding Suppliers & Parks Awards Winners 2017 Announced!

(Shanghai, China) On October 19, the 2017 Asia Attractions’ Golden Crown Outstanding Suppliers & Park Awards celebrated the very best the amusement industry has to offer with a glittering awards ceremony and formal dinner, held at the Sheraton Shanghai Hotel & Residences, in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China.

More than 150 industry experts, park representatives and supplier representatives attended the awards ceremony, which saw 13 Outstanding Suppliers Awards and three Outstanding Parks Awards presented by the leading business magazine for the amusement industry in China, Asia Attractions.

Among the high-profile guests, Chinese theme park industry expert Zhu Xing attended the evening, along with Zhong Zinfu, Director of Water Attractions Special Committee of CAAPA and General Manager of Prominent Technology Enterprise; Zheng Wei, Vice President of CCIA Cultural Tourism Development; Liu Yuzheng, Vice-General Manager of Huayi Brothers Real Scene Entertainment; Ge Shiwei, Office Director of Shanghai Jinjiang Amusement Park; Wu Chunlai, General Manager Assistant of Suzhou Park; Li Pengwei, Vice President of BRC Cultural Tourism Group; He Lin, General Manager of Aoyuan Cultural Tourism; Lin Huanjie, President of Institute for Theme Park Studies in China; Fang Long,  General Manager of Chengdu Aqua Magic; Wu Liubing, Assistant General Manager of Changzhou Dinoland; Li Yanchan, General Manager of Winsing Animation Group Park; Shang Lishuang, General Manager of World Carnival Amusement Park; and Zhang Li, Chief Editor of Asia Attractions magazine itself.

Asia Attractions’ Chief Editor Zhang Li, commented on the success of the event: “As an active member of the games and amusement industry we hope the awards will promote and encourage the healthy development of excellent, high-quality Chinese companies and in turn a healthy industry, while also setting the standard of outstanding companies and promoting future development and the direction the industry needs to move in.”

“All of the companies included on the awards shortlist have had projects operating in China from 2016 to June 2017,” continues Zhang Li. “More than 100 Chinese companies and 50 overseas companies completed for 16 awards.”

There are three rounds of voting in the awards. The first round sees Chinese parks nominate companies and suppliers for inclusion; the second round comes in the form of WeChat platform voting; and the third round sees industry experts cast their final vote.

The awards were split into domestic and international categories and the winners are as follows:

2017 Outstanding Roller Coasters Award

China – Golden Horse Technology Entertainment Corp.,Ltd

International – Martin & Vleminckx Ltd.

2017 Outstanding Master Planning Award

China – Guangzhou DongFang Culture and Tourism Industrial Development Co., Ltd

International – JORA VISION EUROPE B.V.

 

2017 Outstanding Theming, Design & Constructions Award

China – ELEPHANT SCULPTURE  ART  CO.,LTD

International – Polin Waterparks

2017 Outstanding Major/Family Rides Award

China – Golden Horse Technology Entertainment Corp.,Ltd

International – Huss Park Attractions GmbH

2017 Outstanding Big Water Park Attractions Award

China – Guangzhou Dalang Water Park Equipment CO., Ltd

International – WhiteWater West

 

2017 Outstanding Ticketing Systems Award

Galasys Global (Suzhou) Co., Ltd, China

2017 Outstanding Operations Management Service Award

Changzhou dinosaur land culture& Tourism management co., LTD, China

2017 Outstanding Interactive Water Play Award

China – Zhengzhou Wolong Amusement Equipment Co., Ltd.

International – Vortex Aquatic Structures International

2017 Outstanding Middle/Small Rides Award

China – Shenyang Chuangqi Amusement Equipment Co., Ltd.

International – Antonio Zamperla S.p.A

2017 Outstanding Playgrounds Award

China – Shenzhen Yonglixing Amusement Rides Co., Ltd

International – UNO Parks

 

2017 Outstanding 3D Theatres & Dark Rides Award

China – Shanghai Hirain Digital Technology Co.,Ltd

International – Holovis International Limited

 

2017 Outstanding VR Products Award

Beijing Shenlinqijing Culture Inc., China

2017 Outstanding Live Performance/Stunts Award

Creative Garden Group, China

2017 Outstanding Themed Food & Beverage Award

Changzhou Joyland Co., Ltd., China

2017 Outstanding Themed Event Award

THE QXTD LION CITY, China

2017 Outstanding Innovative Entertainment Award

Fruit Man Theme World, China

The 2018 Asia Attractions Golden Crown Outstanding Suppliers & Parks Awards will launch in Jun 2018. More information will be released concerning application dates and sponsorship opportunities.

 
 

Press Release: November 15, 2017.
Martin & Vleminckx is now the exclusive distributor for Fabbri Group and Preston & Barbieri Rides in United States and Canada.

Martin & Vleminckx is proud to announce their agreement as the exclusive distributor for Fabbri Group and Preston & Barbieri Rides in the U.S.A. and Canada. With this agreement, Martin & Vleminckx offer now a complete portfolio of amusement ride solutions, from family and junior rides to exciting thrill rides. Martin & Vleminckx is the company to contact for your new attraction projects.
 
 

About Martin & Vleminckx

Martin & Vleminckx, founded in 1982, is a world leader in the Amusement Park industry. Their headquarters is located in Montreal, Canada. Martin & Vleminckx have also a large warehouse, office and workshop facility in Haines City, Florida. The company built their great reputation on completing top quality work for amusement ride installation of all types and sizes worldwide. Past projects include the installation of the two largest roller coasters in the world. Martin & Vleminckx offer a wide range of services that includes design and delivery of Wood Coasters of all sizes and types, plus prefabrication, construction, quality control, renovation plans, dismantling and installation of other amusement ride systems.

About Fabbri Group

Fabbri Group is an Amusement Ride company based in Rovigo, Italy. They offer a wide range of attractions from kiddie rides to the most extreme thrill rides, Giant Wheels, Coasters and water rides for dry parks. With 65 years of experience, their great knowledge of the market and a high standard of specialized engineering, Fabbri Group has become the leading ride manufacturers in the Amusement Park industry. www.fabbrigroup.com

About Preston & Barbieri

Preston & Barbieri is an Italian company founded in 1954 and based in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Starting with the design and manufacture of Bumper Cars and Bumper Cars Buildings, the company soon expanded to include Junior Rides, Ferries Wheels, Telecombats, Polyps, and Rock and Rolls. Today, Preston & Barbieri srl manufactures major rides such as Splash Battle, Merry Go Round, Steel Coasters, Musik Express, Monorail, Flume Rides, Wave Swinger to name a few. Currently, Preston & Barbieri offer 50 different ride system that can be found in the Europe, the Far East, North and South America. www.prestonbarbieri.com

For more information, please contact:
Alain Vleminckx, President
Tel: 863-439-9403
a.vleminckx@martin-vleminckx.com

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