Stefan started out as Mechanic and Auto Electrician, gaining first industrial experience at the age of 15. He now holds degrees in Mechatronics and Machinery Construction, Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as Mathematics from EU and US based universities.
Paul, the father of Stefan and Reinhard, was an alpine dairy farmer. He gained 40 years of experience in ropeway logging, which he began right out of middle school. He was very passionate about technology, much of the logging equipment he employed was built by himself.
Reinhard took over the family's dairy farm. He is highly skilled in multiple construction work disciplines. He has also gained extensive alpine logging experience, working together with Paul on long-range ropeway extraction and independently with ground based extraction systems.
It was around 2008 when the South Tyroleans Stefan and Paul Leitner stood in front of their home, watching a logging firm transport timber down a steep ropeway on the opposing mountainside. The propeller dissipating energy when moving downhill could be heard for kilometers. Moments later, a big engine could be heard powering the return of the carriage to the felling site. They agreed that the energy resulting from the downward transport of tons of timber should be sufficient to bring the empty carriage back to the mountain side to pick up the subsequent haul. An idea was born.
In November of 2018, with a clear vision of a disruptive product in mind and confident of technological feasibility and of having acquired the necessary skill sets, Stefan and Paul started out by founding Leitalpin. In a stroke of fate, Paul died suddenly and unexpectedly only 20 days later. He and his contribution to the project are greatly missed. Nevertheless, giving up was never an option. Reinhard, the older son of Paul subsequently joined Leitalpin. Since the beginning, Leitalpin has its principal office at NOI Techpark in Bolzano, in the center of the Northern Italian Alps.
In February of 2019 Leitalpin entered into a key industrial partnership to add know how in particular in mechanical machine design and manufacturing. Leitalpin, together with its partners, is currently working on the development of an innovative timber harvesting and construction site transport solution for most demanding applications in Alpine settings. The proposed concept is award winning and covered via extensive patent protection.