Inventor and world market leader of Full Size Cables
We are RIXEN – inventor and world market leader of Full Size Cables.
Bruno Rixen developed a revolutionary idea in the 1960s: water skiing with a cableway. With his invention he created a new sport: water skiing without a boat.
In the past years, RIXEN has realized far more than 500 water ski facilities, from planning and approval to construction. Specialized with the production and distribution of full size cables, the customized planning of holistic cable park projects as well as the support throughout the entire project life cycle, RIXEN has made a name for itself as market leader worldwide. A worthwhile investment thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the highest safety standards and the decades of experience of our employees.
We make water sports attractively accessible to all segments of the population and create a sustainable awareness for the valuable asset of water.
The suitable successor was found – In 2018, Bruno Rixen went into well-earned retirement. Dr. Richard Söhnchen, a watersport enthusiast, bought the RIXEN assets. Synergies result from the activities of Dr. Söhnchen’s group of companies, especially with the rope testing company Winspect GmbH and Autision Group GmbH. The group, with more than 150 employees, is an association of independent, medium-sized companies with complementary expertise in robotics, metrology and surface inspection.
Dr. Richard Söhnchen’s mission is to further develop Bruno Rixen’s invention as well as to uphold his ideals and goals within the company.
“As CEO and owner, I am proud to continue to develop our sport based on Bruno Rixen’s achievements. Also in the future we want to offer you investment security as market leader for water ski cableways. Convince yourself of the possibilities of RIXEN Cableway GmbH.” Dr. Richard Söhnchen
Bruno Rixen (*1931), a trained automotive mechanic, went on a short trip to Europe with a friend after completing his mechanical engineering studies. In Holland, the two had the opportunity to go water skiing behind a motorboat. This experience was very impressive for Mr. Rixen. Therefore, after the trip, he immediately thought about how he could make this water skiing experience possible for himself and many others without the expensive motor boat. He always asked himself the question why this wonderful sport is not more popular and started to look into this issue in detail. Market research always led to two crucial points: at the boat too expensive and too few opportunities with too long waiting times.
Bruno developed a water ski cableway over several years and applied for 37 patents. As an enthusiastic sportsman, he wanted to make this wonderful sport accessible to a wide population. Many technical problems had to be overcome in the beginning. Bruno Rixen’s engineering skills and perseverance made it possible to implement his idea. Under his leadership, the RIXEN company developed into the market leader for water ski cableways. His comprehensive know-how enabled Bruno Rixen to expand his company from a one-man operation to the world market leader in full-size cables. more than 500 RIXEN cableways worldwide.
Over the years, the demands of riders and cable operators on our product have grown steadily. We have always met these challenges with continuous and precise development work and have thus been able to fulfil all requirements in the best possible way. In addition to water skiing, wakeboarding has become the trend sport. Whereas in the past the water ski cableways were driven by the electric motor by means of V-belts, over the years a proven technology with electronic control and frequency converters as well as the most modern joystick control panel has found its way in. All control components come from our internationally renowned partner “SEW (Eurodrive GmbH & Co. KG)” The 22KW drive motor we use is highly efficient and also quiet, reliable and perfectly matched to the requirements. The operating interface for settings, troubleshooting and service routines is accessed via a web application.