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Life-saving ropes from Austria

In October 2010, the lives of 33 miners from Chile's San José mine depended on a steel rope made by the Austrian rope and band specialist TEUFELBERGER.

The company, founded in 1790, originally manufactured hemp ropes for agricultural use. In 1961, production was switched from natural fibres to synthetic fibres. The first steel rope was rolled out in 1931.   TEUFELBERGER high performance steel ropes are manufactured with special technologies, which endow them with highest technical qualities. They are used as crane cables on offshore platforms, in harbours, in construction and industry, in forestry and also as cable car ropes and ski ropes.

The non-rotating steel rope which was used at the mining disaster of San José had a total weight of just under 3 tons and was transported to Chile by airfreight. On 13 October 2010, 69 days after the collapse of the mine, all of the miners could be freed with the help of a rescue capsule attached to a TEUFELBERGER rope.