Jakob proposes greening project for Solothurn
The redesign of the Roter Platz is a debated topic in Solothurn. Jakob Rope Systems has used the occasion to make a suggestion to greate a public green space in the center of the Swiss town.
The project was designed without any public mandate, but is meant as a contribution to the public debate.
Our project addresses the pressing issue of designing public spaces in times of climate change. Not only Solothurn, but cities around the world are facing similar challenges. Greening with cable structures provides an efficient solution and can be one element of strategies to cope with climate change in the urban environment.
Dresden Bridge Building Symposium
Jakob Rope System attends the 30th edition of the Bridge Building Symposium and will present its safety solutions for bridges. The event will be held online.
Jakob Rope Systems and Seilerei Wüstner united
For almost 30 years, Seilerei Wüstner is the exclusive distributor of Jakob stainless steel products in Austria. Founded in 1880, Seilerei Wüstner itself looks back on a history of more than 140 years. Together, the two companies realized numerous projects in Austria and beyond, such as the bridge on the OMV headquarters on top of Vienna.
Since 1 January 2021, Seilerei Wüstner is fully owned by Jakob Rope Systems. Customers in Austria can enjoy the full range of services and products offered by Jakob Rope Systems. The Wüstner team in Mellau continues to be the competent contact for Jakob customers in Austria.
New: GreenSolutions installation videos
Supporting our customers is a priority of Jakob Rope Systems. That is why we have a produced installation videos for the modular greening solutions of our GreenSolutions range. They explain how to install plant training structures with our GreenGuide, GreenTrellis, Webnet and Frames products.
Jakob Saigon wins two awards
Jakob Saigon has won two prizes as ‘building of the year’ and ‘green building of the year’ by the leading Vietnamese construction magazine Ashui. The building and architect Gregoire du Pasquier was also featured recently on the Vietnamese national channel VTV3.
Animal enclosures and aviaries: Webnet meshes made to measure
An aviary that blends into its surroundings. The secret to this: a precisely tailored stainless steel mesh by Jakob Rope Systems. This allows direct installation on site and perfectly planned structures.
2 ‘Rabbit’ awards for Jakob
Every year in December, the Swiss architecture magazine Hochparterre awards its ‘Rabbit’ for Switzerland’s best architecture of the year. We are proud that Jakob Rope Systems was involved in two of the winning projects: the Plage Publique des Eaux-Vives in Geneva by LLJ Architectes and the Moos-Cham project by Loeliger Strub.
Unique footbridge with Webnet
The new suspension bridge near our headquarters in Trubschachen is almost finished. It is highly innovative, using Webnet instead of cables as hangers. This lends the bridge a very elegant look.
Jakob supports research in new concrete construction methods
Jakob has been honoured to support research into new construction methods for concrete. The Block Research Group at ETH Zurich used Jakob cables to create a flexible formwork for a curved concrete roof. The HiLo roof is situated on top of NEST, the test site of Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Sciences.
(c) Block Research Group, ETH Zurich | Photos by Juney Lee and Stefan Liniger
Workshop: Lifting gear control
4 December 2020, Workshop in Trubschachen
+++ The workshop has been postponed to a later date in 2021, due to Covid-19 +++
Swiss ambassador visits Jakob Saigon
We were very honoured by the visit of ambassador Ivo Sieber and the Swiss consul general at Ho Chi Minh City, Martin Maier, at our new factory in Saigon. Both were very impressed by the innovative architecture and green facade of our new headquarters.
An apprenticeship with a future
A former and a current apprentice explain why learning the ropemaking craft at Jakob is still a good idea.
Cycle path on lake Garda
It is considered one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Europe: the two kilometer section on the shores of lake Garda. Secured by Webnet, cyclists can enjoy the breathtaking views on the lake and the mountains.
Jakob Saigon is becoming even more green
The innovative facade of Jakob Saigon’s new factory plays a central role in the climatization of the building. But it also simply beautiful to look at and is a demonstration of living architecture. After several months, the plants have developped well and also the Webnet mesh on the bike shelter is overgrown. Together the plants create a pleasant interior court with lush green that serves as a campus for the Jakob staff.
Jakob extends its greening range!
The new catalog GreenSolutions G2 by Jakob Rope Systems offers new possibilities for architects and designers to greening of buildings.
Besides services and products for customized projects, Jakob offers now four systems for flexible, modular and expandable plant supports. The designs allow for both partial and large-scale greening of buildings and living spaces.
How to use high-strength fibre ropes
High-strength fibre rope technologies has made advances in recent years. Yet fibre ropes are still rarely found outside the sports industry, although they have one clear advantage over wire ropes. Our expert explains how to use them best.
jakob.com is carbon neutral
The hosting of jakob.com is fully carbon neutral. The data centers of our hosting company senseLAN only use sustainably sourced energy. Additionally, the server farm generates heat energy for the nearby industrial park, saving up to 100,000 tons of mineral oil every year.
“I wanted a challenge”
Our apprentice Claudia Wüthrich is about to complete her vocational training. In an interview with the Berner Zeitung, she tells us why she has never regretted her decision to take up an apprenticeship at Jakob Rope Systems.
Jakob Rope Systems becomes EAZA member
Jakob Rope Systems is a leading supplier for modern and reliable zoo enclosoures. To strengthen our collaboration with the zoo community, we are now happy to announce that the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria has accepted Jakob as a member. We are delighted to support EAZA’s mission to facilitate cooperation within the European zoo and aquarium community towards the goals of education, research and conservation.
Jakob Tensegrity Torus
The challenge of exploring the fringe of our capabilities prompted us to plan and build this one-of-a-kind construct: the Jakob Tensegrity Torus, a highly complex structure consisting of rods and wire rope. Swiss architect Filippo Broggini was commissioned with the draft. The production and assembly work was handled by Jakob employees in the course of 6 years. The initiative acquainted us with the limits of technical feasibility. Testing frontiers encourages us to rethink long-standing empirical insights and established processes. Not rarely, this results in new approaches that allow traditional concepts to be improved. We are convinced that our customers will benefit from the experience we have accrued with this project.
Opening of Jakob Saigon canteen
The canteen of Jakob Saigon’s new factory has opened and provides free meals to Jakob staff.
Currently, Jakob Rope Systems Switzerland and Saigon are working normally. Orders are processed and delivered within the usual time frame and your orders and inquiries are very welcome.
Jakob on TV
Jakob Rope Systems and Peter Jakob featured in a report by the national Swiss TV channel RTS on Swiss companies that are doing business in Vietnam.
Extension Jakob Rope Systems
Following the completion of the new headquarters in 2019, Jakob Rope Systems plans a further extension and the move of Habegger Maschinenfabrik AG to Trubschachen.
Webnet tames wild bridge
The stainless steel net Webnet serves as an anti-fall protection on this spectacular bridge across a steep valley in the Black Forrest.
First planning steps for greening
Winter is the right time to think about the installation of greening. Careful planning helps to avoid errors and minimize costs. We have put together the most important aspects.
First Cliff Walk goes viral
A video of the view from the First Cliff Walk in Grindelwald covered in mist is currently going viral. The first person video gives an idea of the thrill of walking over the abyss and seeing the surrounding peaks, while Webnet by Jakob Rope Systems guarantees complete safety. You can watch the clip on 20minuten.ch.
Leopard enclosure in Mumbai completed
Jakob Rope Systems has completed the works on a new animal enclosure for the leopards of Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo. Jakob designed the elegant Webnet structure, delivered the mesh and cables and worked with local partners to install the enclosure.
‘We have laid the basis for the future’
In our blog, CEO Peter Jakob speaks about the success in 2019 and the difficulty of reconciling sustainability and efficiency.
Jakob secures children’s paradise
Switzerland’s biggest indoor paradise for children opens on 6 December 2019. The Kiddydome features 30 attractions for kids and a relaxing zone for parents. Jakob Rope Systems furnished fibre nets and Webnet wire meshes for safety solutions.
New cable for ‘creative roundabout’
The city of Root in the canton of Lucerne features ‘Switzerland’s most creative roundabout’. Jakob Rope Systems has now reinstalled the 139 metres long steel cable of the art installation ‘Tension Energy’ by the Greek artist Costas Varotsos.
New Jakob factory in Saigon grows
The new production site of Jakob Rope Systems in Vietnam is continuing to develop. With the building itself almost completed, works to design the recreation areas in the interior courtyard are underway. Our colleagues will enjoy a wide range of amenitites unique in the area.
Jakob headquarters shine in new glory
The new headquarters of Jakob Rope Systems in Trubschachen are rapidly approaching completion.
During the past few weeks, the final touches have been added to the building. Currently, our mechanics are busy installing the stainless steel cables for the facade decoration. Engineering, production and installation were entirely done in-house. More than 17 kilometres of cables visibly demonstrate Jakob’s identity and know-how in ropes and cables.
Jakob Rope Systems is Gold Partner of the 26th IAKS congress 2019
Jakob Rope Systems is a Gold sponsor of the 26th edition of the IAKS congress 2019, the leading international forum on the planning, building and operation of sports and leisure facilities.
The congress will take place from 5 to 8 November in Cologne, Germany and is organised by IAKS, the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities of which Jakob Rope Systems is a member.
As a supplier of ropes and cables for sports grounds, gymnasiums and playgrounds, Jakob Rope Systems is proud to support research and knowledge exchange on the construction of sports facilities and to promote the aims of the IAKS.
Opening of the ‘Vogellisi’ walk in Adelboden
The new ‘Vogellisi’ walk, named after a folk song, is a family adventure path in Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland. Our Webnet and other rope products have been used to design and secure various playing structures along the way.
Opening Jakob Saigon
One company philosophy – Two locations
For over hundred years, Jakob Rope Systems has produced ropes and cables in Trubschachen in the Emmental in the heart of Switzerland. In 2008, the company ventured into unknown lands by starting the operations of its branch in Vietnam for the production of the wire mesh Webnet.
Jakob Rope Systems moves into new offices
Jakob Rope Systems is looking forward to welcoming business partners to its new, representative headquarters in Trubschachen.
The constructions works on the new headquarters of Jakob Rope Systems are in their final phase. On 15 February, we could tick another box on our to do list: the first colleagues could claim their desks in the new office.
Jakob Rope Systems on the Meret Oppenheim tower in Basel
Jakob Rope Systems supplies the railing infills for Basel’s most prominent new building. The works on the project designed by Herzog & de Meuron are nearly finished. The office rooms and flats will be ready for occupancy in early 2019.
Installation works at ‘Les Falaises’ in Lausanne
For the last five weeks, Jakob Rope Systems has been busy to install cables, cable tensioners, clips, and nets at the project ‘Les Falaises’ in Lausanne. Since early November, the scaffolds are being disassembled and our rope and net structures appear. Overall, Jakob Rope Systems will execute ca. 400 working days at the installation site.
Inauguration of the footbridge over the Maggia
The bridge connects Moghegno with Maggia across the river of the same name. It is 120 metres long, cost 1.4 million Swiss francs and is suspended on a single pillar of 18 metres height. The community of Maggia hopes the elegant structure will encourage the use of non-motorised traffic by locals and tourists alike.
Jakob Robe Systems products integrate ideally with the modern design of the curved bridge. A sleeveless Webnet and steel cables provide security for pedestrians and cyclists on the 1.5 metre wide path. The extra-strong stranded wires of our Forte range give strength and stability to the suspension structure.
Ground-breaking ceremony in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
The history of Jakob Rope Systems continues. We are celebrating the start of construction on the expansion of our production site in Ho-Chi-Minh-City.
With a sustainable design, adapted to the climate of the tropical region, Jakob Rope Systems is doing pioneering work: With green facade, the building will be naturally cooled and air-conditioned. Employees will enjoy a safe and modern work space and have access to a number of amenities during their breaks. We are very pleased to be able to follow this successfully growing project and not least to create an attractive and literally pleasant atmosphere for all employees.
Jakob Rope Systems secures Hiroshima Hills
The Hiroshima Orizuru Tower offers a unique opportunity to experience the past, present and future of Hiroshima. Jakob Rope System’s Webnet fits perfectly with the concept of ‘Hiroshima Hills’, the tower’s observation platform at the top level. The aim was to have an unobstructed view from the floor of the platform to the roof, unhindered by railings or balustrades. Webnet allows them to experience wind and weather and it provides the security necessary when children and adults roam on the thirteenth floor of a skyscraper.
Jakob Rope System supplies stainless steel frames – complete with Webnet installed
They stand for architectonic aspiration, safety, longevity: Stainless steel cables offer flexible solutions for the most diverse demands in construction. Jakob Rope Systems, the Swiss company rich in tradition, now offers their certified Webnet stainless steel nets together with stainless steel frames as a combined product thanks to an enhanced approval – no standard dimensions, (almost) no size limitations. A unique product on the market!
All Webnet Frames are made to order upon customer request. Webnet is installed in a slotted frame profile or is bound to a round tube in classic fashion. Because the products are delivered ready for installation, time consuming and cost-intensive work for the installer is eliminated. Suitable frame holders or clips can be included in delivery as needed. The simple and fast installation of Webnet frames offers an overall exceptionally cost-effective complete solution: The fixed costs enable reliable price calculation and the high degree of pre-assembly saves expensive installation costs.
Jakob Rope Systems acquires Habegger Thun
In 2016, Jakob Rope Systems acquired the venerable company Habegger AG from Thun. The two companies, both globally active, optimally complement each other with respect to their product lines and the corporate culture. There will be no changes as regards the premises and the jobs at Habegger Maschinenfabrik AG in Thun. The popular Habegger multi-purpose hoist requires top-tier wire ropes. For former owner and CEO Peter Habegger, it was therefore a natural decision to sell the company to Jakob AG within the scope of a long-term successorship plan.
‘For us, Habegger is a perfect match,’ noted Peter Jakob, the CEO of Jakob Rope Systems. The two companies already have an overlapping customer base. ‘We can develop new products, extend the product line, and expand exports of high-end Swiss products. We believe in Switzerland as an industrial hub and in “Swiss Made” as a persuasive seal of quality,’ Jakob added.
Jakob Rope Systems wins Entrepreneur Award Espace Mittelland 2009
In the presence of some 2500 guests at a festive ceremony in Berne, Jakob Rope Systems was granted the Entrepreneur Award 2009 of the Espace Mittelland, an economic area in Switzerland comprising about 1.5 million inhabitants. CEO Peter Jakob received the SVC Entrepreneur Award Espace Mittelland 2009 trophy from the hands of SVC chairman Hans-Ulrich Müller. Six further nominees, all established medium-sized enterprises domiciled in the region, competed for the prize.
We owe this honor to the daily commitment and performance-driven attitude of our entire staff, and we wish to express our gratitude to all employees and partners for their much-appreciated contribution. We have every reason to be proud of this commendation.