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.

Image of Trubschachen in 1904 and Hans Jakob

1904

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

Old postcard of Trubschachen, old company signs and image of the first company headquarter

1911

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

Aerial view of Trubschachen in the 1920s and picture of the ropewalk

1927

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

An old Jakob price list and agriculture in the Emmental in the1930s

1939

Local farmers mostly demand fibre ropes such as sheaf cords.

Transport of the products, hemp ropes, by sleigh to Trubschachen station in the 1950s

1946

Forwarding of the finished products to the railway station.

Montage of images of fibre rope making in the 1950s and images of Hans junior and Eduard Jakob

1950

Hans junior and Eduard join their father’s company.

The first machines for the production of steel wires

1953

Jakob now produces its own wire ropes in Trubschachen.

Images of the new office building, the topping-out ceremony and the cover of a price list from 1960

1960

The company grows further and inaugurates a dedicated office building.

Construction of the second storey of the office building

1970

A second storey is built on top of the ropewalk.

Image montage of the Jakob office in 1970s, trade fair presentations and a price list

1977

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

Images of wire rope production in the 1980s and Martin and Peter Jakob

1984

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

The Jakob factory and Trubschachen in the 1990s

1995

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

Image of Webnet, Jakob’s most important product launched in 2002

2002

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

The construction site of the factory extension in 2002

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.

Facade of the finished factory extension in 2003

2003

The new office tract is inaugurated.

Image of Jakob Saigon factory with the flags of Jakob, Vietnam and Switzerland

2008

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

The reconstructed Ilfis Hall at night before a SCL Tigers ice hockey match

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.

Two Habegger rope pulling machines

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.

The second factory of Jakob Saigon features a greened 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.

2020

The green façade of Jakob Saigon covered in dense plants.