ISC design and develop key component for Zip World

ISC designed and developed the trolley used at Zip World

Welsh engineering specialist ISC Ltd are flying high after designing and developing a key component for Zip World’s new attraction in Bethesda that will feature the largest zip wire experience in the Northern Hemisphere.

ISC, which is based in Bangor, developed a new generation of trolley capable of coping with the stresses and strains of the zipline that will enable visitors to travel for over a mile at speeds of 75mph when Zip World opens later this month.

It is the second time ISC has worked with the team at Zip World as they previously developed a unique and innovative product called SmartSnap which allows participants on high rope courses to safely and easily move from one element to the next whilst preventing a fall.

ISC Commercial Director Wayne Ellis said they were delighted to be involved in this latest project :  “We had already started development work on a range of new high-speed zipline trolleys working with the likes of Laggan Outdoors in Scotland and the Eden Project in Cornwall when we were contacted by Zip World.

“Their request was always going to push the engineering boundaries but I’m pleased to say we were able to deliver 100 of these unique trolleys to the site on time for trials before the official opening.”

Economy Minister Edwina Hart congratulated ISC on securing the contract and said: “It’s good to hear that the skills and expertise of a local company have been recognised and that ISC is benefiting from supplying one of the latest tourism attractions in North Wales. Local procurement certainly adds value to the investment and helps spread wealth and prosperity and supports the local economy.”

With projects like these under their belts ISC , which started in 1995,  has gone from ‘cottage industry’ to worldwide player in the height/rescue market. It is now a well recognised brand used in diverse markets including offshore rope access, rope rescue, adventure parks, motorsport and even tree climbing.

ISC has grown significantly over the last five years with exports becoming the real driver of success. The company which employs 65 now exports to more than 40 countries and has successfully challenged some of the biggest brands in the world.

Unique Canopy Tour in Tasmania

Vertical Innovations International based in Australia has developed an Eco-Tourism focused Zip Line Canopy Tour system and installed it in Tasmania for Treetops Adventure.

Its one of the few fully continuous canopy tour systems in the world and it involves taking tourists up into the forest canopy and traversing between platforms along steel cables.

The platforms, called ‘cloud stations’ are constructed around the trunks of large trees, within the mid canopy level of the forest – typically at heights up to 30m above the forest floor. The tour combines the tranquillity of the forest with the adrenalin of sliding above and through a beautiful natural environment. Tourists have a unique view of the forest from above.