Since it was set up, the Research & Development department has been the nerve center of the company. Research never stops and the company works with universities and institutes in a bid to increase its capability, to innovate, and to continually improve products. The only way to satisfy the increasing demands of the lift operators and skiers is through constant new development and product optimization. In the winter months, the time is used for a large-scale program of tests. If prototype new machines or prototype components are able to pass our rigorous tests then serial production can begin.