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Our ropes are designed, developed and manufactured for strength, flexibility and endurance and are used in some of the most demanding environments in the world.

Hoisting Ropes

Millau Viaduct

Manitowoc use Notor HP for the Millau Viaduct

The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the gorge valley of the Tarn near Millau in southern France. It is one of the tallest bridges in the world, with one mast’s summit at 343 metres above the base of the structure. In a French-British partnership, it was designed by the English architect Sir Norman Foster and French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux, and as of May 2017 it is the twenty-second highest bridge deck in the world, being 270 metres between the road deck and the ground below.

The bridge was constructed using 7 Manitowoc K5/50 C cranes (one crane per pile) with a hook height of 95.5 to 264.4 metres. More than 1000 metres of Notor HP were used for the construction.


Nuclear power station construction, Turkey

Nuclear power station construction, Turkey

The high anchor crane used for the construction of this nuclear power station in Turkey was installed in the centre of where the chimney was to be built. With a requirement for the crane boom to turn through 360° throughout the construction process, it was necessary to stabilise the crane with COMPLAST 9 Ø26mm linking the crane tower to the chimney structure. As the built structure increased in height, the stabilising ropes were raised through a system of pneumatics.

NOTOR HP Ø16mm was used for main hoist up to 160 metres.


Hoisting ropes for Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is the renowned unfinished Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

First started in 1883, Gaudí’s work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relying solely on private donations, the completion of the Sagrada Familía is a long and slow process.

Manitowoc MD560B cranes, used in the ongoing construction of the church, were equipped with NRHD 24 Ø20mm.

Some of the project’s greatest challenges remain, including the construction of further spires. It is anticipated that the building will be completed by 2026 - the centenary of Antoni Gaudí’s death.


Hoisting rope solution for Orange Marine

An optimised solution for Orange Marine

Orange Marine’s cable ship Descartes is a versatile, high technology vessel, designed to lay, repair and survey submarine fibre optic systems.

The Descartes combines the benefits of a unique design, modern equipment and the expertise of internationally recognised teams and suppliers of specialist equipment including ArcelorMittal ROPES.

ArcelorMittal ROPES provided Orange Marine with consultancy on the optimum solution for their requirements and supplied 10km of Notor HP.



Mining Ropes

Rudna Mine

NRHD 24 for the largest deep copper ore mine in Europe

Located in Lower Silesia, north of Polkowice city, the Rudna mine is the largest copper ore mine in Europe and one of the largest deep copper ore mines in the world.

Part of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. the annual ore extraction by the Rudna mine is estimated at 12 million tonnes.

Mining is carried out in three mining regions within Rudna with shafts ranging in depth from 950m to 1150m.

ArcelorMittal ROPES has supplied mining ropes to KGHM for 20 years, including Corzal® coated 48mm NRHD 24 balance ropes.

Our partnership with KGHM has assisted our product development, and contributed to KGHM’s efficient operations and position as a global leader in copper and silver production.


Lubin Mine

Supporting KGHM with the extraction of 7.3 million tonnes of ore each year

The Lubin mine, operated by KGHM, is a large mine in the west of Poland, 347 km south-west of the capital, Warsaw. Lubin represents one of the largest copper and silver resources in Poland having estimated reserves of 347 million tonnes of ore.

Annual ore production is around 7.3 million tonnes from which 92,000 tonnes of copper and 423 tonnes of silver are extracted.

Mining operations in the Lubin mine are carried out over an area of 158 km2. There are seven shafts ranging from 494 to 963m deep. One is an extraction shaft, while the other six are used for material transportation and ventilation purposes.

ArcelorMittal Mining Ropes are used in:

  • Shaft L-II (Koepe tower). 890m of Notorplast® 38mm 4 is used for 18 tonne skips. This rope has lifted 79,000 skips in 43 months.
  • Shaft L-V (Koepe tower). 840m of NRHD 24 59mm balance rope, with operating speeds up to 12 metres per second.



Ropeway Ropes

Whistler, British Columbia

6 strand ropes for Whistler, British Columbia

Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia just north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s favourite year-round ski resort. There are two majestic mountains, epic skiing and snowboarding as well as many other recreational opportunities that are centred around the vibrant village of Whistler.

Skiing and snowboarding are an integral part of life in British Columbia with holidays and weekends spent on the mountains enjoying favourite runs. Thirteen world-class resorts, boundless backcountry, and incredible snowfalls combine to make British Columbia one of North America’s most popular ski and snowboard hubs.

2,500m of 45mm, 3,750m of 47mm and 8,500m of 56mm WS36 ropes are used as hauling ropes in the Whistler resort. WS36 delivers an exceptionally high breaking load that is engineered for high resistance to stretching, bending and crushing.


Vallandry, France

Silent Rope for Vallandry

Whisper® is installed at La Plagne and Les Arcs ski resort stations and has been in operation since 2016. The internationally renowned French ski resort consists of two alpine skiing villages attracting many thousands of visitors each year. The Vallandry area is served by a network of ski lifts, chairlifts and various passenger ropeways.

Structured around a solid monofilament core with fins, Whisper® delivers reduced vibration and reduced noise levels. Whisper® improves passenger comfort and long term efficiencies and is recommended for urban and mountain use on intensive use equipment that operates 24/7.

Whisper vibration and noise graph


Brest Urban Cable Car ropes

Connecting two sides of the River Penfeld in Brest, France

The transport system that was once regarded as belonging only to the ski slopes is increasingly becoming part of the urban landscape.

The Brest Urban Cable Car is the first cable propelled transit technology to be used in France and it is helping the city to:

  • Develop more cohesion between the two banks
  • Make the right bank more accessible and attractive
  • Balance the economic and residential activity
  • Expand the city centre

Fulfilling a unique role, cable cars provide a high quality transport experience and they are particularly well suited for challenging terrains.

What ArcelorMittal Ropes delivered:

Track Ropes
Diameter: Ø50 mm Full Lock Coil ropes
Composition: Galvanised wires, 3 layers of Z-wire with 12 optical fibres core
Length: 2510m, installed in 4 sections
Volume: 35 tons


Slope Groomer, Les Arcs

Long life performance for Les Arcs, France

Slope groomers equipped with HP8P winch ropes in Les Arcs ski resort, are achieving a service life in excess of 1200 hours.

The special and dedicated construction, associated to the compacted 8 strands together with the plastic impregnation around the steel core, provide high resistance to contact pressure making the HP8P perfect for intensive use.

With excellent flexibility through the pulley and capstan rotating system, exceptional multi layer winch winding behaviour and a high breaking load, the HP8P is the optimal choice for the winch snow groomers to keep the pistes in top condition.