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The city cable car in Mexico City was opened last year – and it is glazed with a system specially developed by Glas Marte.


Around 22 million people live in Mexico City and the way through the metropolis is characterised by traffic jams and long waiting times. In addition to the traffic, the air quality is also increasingly problematic. A city cable car has provided enormous relief for some time now. This environmentally-friendly solution is fully integrated into the public transport network and is barrier-free for everyone. The cable car takes about 26 minutes to cover the almost ten kilometres and transports 4,000 people per hour in each direction. It leads directly to the city's main transport hub, from where it is easy to change to buses and the underground. Commuters now only need about half the previous time to get to work. You can thus float over traffic jams and arduous routes in cabins that hold up to ten people. The city's inhabitants are happy to take advantage of the new offer. After all, 300 new jobs were created due to the project.


To make the special technology of the cable car system visible to everyone, those responsible opted for a roof and a large facade made of glass. No easy task. As in the past, however, Glas Marte was dependable. We developed a special solution for the cable car manufacturer that has in the meantime proven itself in various locations: The lower and upper glass edges of the facade elements were glued into a profile in the factory. This made it possible to assemble the prefabricated glass elements very easily and quickly on site. The maximum dimensions of 3,130 x 2,260 mm and the associated enormous weight placed extraordinary demands on the glass bonding. Strength is additionally ensured by the Sentryglas 5000 intermediate layer of the LSG used, which is made of double TSG. This ionoplast foil is five times stronger and a hundred times stiffer than conventional intermediate layers. The glass is thus extra resistant to temperatures and loads – ideal conditions for the functionality and longevity of the individual cable car stations.