Know-how and Swiss Quality. Since 1904.

Our key skill: resourcefully linking tradition with innovation. It all started in 1904: we originally manufactured hemp ropes for farmers in the heart of Switzerland. Today, two generations later, we have a presence in 45 countries with an extensive line of ingenious products.

Our knack for perfection and determination to innovate had such far-reaching consequences because of a ‘virtue’ which at Jakob has become tradition: the total involvement of all staff members in the development process. This guarantees a high level of in-house value addition and genuine customer satisfaction.

1904

Hans Jakob founds the rope factory Jakob in Trubschachen in the Emmental valley in the heart of Switzerland.

1911

During the early years, Jakob produces hemp ropes for local farmers. The family also deals with fodder and fertilisers.

1927

The company develops along the railway tracks, where the first ropewalk is built.

1939

Local farmers mostly demand fibre ropes such as sheaf cords.

1946

Forwarding of the finished products to the railway station.

1950

Hans junior and Eduard join their father’s company.

1953

Jakob now produces its own wire ropes in Trubschachen.

1960

The company grows further and inaugurates a dedicated office building.

1970

A second storey is built on top of the ropewalk.

1977

With modern facilities and marketing activities, the company continues to develop.

1984

Peter and Martin Jakob join the company representing the third generation. Soon after, the company launches its range of inox cables for architecture.

1995

The new inox products are a success and necessitate the extension of the factory in 1995.

Jakob Rope Systems Lancierung Webnet

2002

In 2002, Jakob Rope Systems introduces its most successful product to date, the inox wire mesh Webnet.

2002

In the year the Webnet wire mesh is introduced, Jakob also starts the construction of a new office building right next to the historical founding site of the company.

2003

The new office tract is inaugurated.

2008

The large demand for Webnet products leads to the foundation of Jakob Saigon.

2011

Reconstruction of the Ilfis Hall, home of the ice hockey club SCL Tigers.

Jakob Rope Systems supports the event location as a main sponsor.

2016

Jakob Rope Systems acquires the venerable Habegger AG from Thun.

The new Jakob headquarters in Trubschachen finished in 2019

2019

Jakob moves into a new headquarter at the traditional company siege in Trubschachen.

Jakob Rope Systems Saigon Factory Green Facade

2019

The new factory of Jakob Saigon opens. Featuring a green façade and modern facilities for the local staff, the factory is pioneering in the region.