(from Rinspeed Press
Release) Backpacks on Wheels for Electric Vehicles
“You’re not going to
take your steamer trunk as if you were going on a lengthy vacation
if all you want to do is a little shopping at your local
supermarket!” - No, Swiss automotive visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht
isn’t hiring out as an experienced travel consultant these days who
has seen much of the world. Rather the man from Zumikon near Zurich
is simply pointing out that usually all of us automatically do the
right thing when we move around: we lug around as little ballast and
unnecessary items as possible. And it is precisely this from an
economic and ecological standpoint sensible behavior that
Rinderknecht echoes with his new concept car “Dock+Go” on two and
sometimes three axles. The concept will be on display for hands-on
inspection at the Geneva Motor Show, March 8 through 18, 2012.
It is specifically this
third on-demand axle that is the crucial point of the innovative
modular mobility system the Rinspeed boss has devised. “Dock+Go” was
built - in the traditional sense - by Peter Kägi and his company
4erC. The concept draws its irresistible charm from easy-to-dock
single-axle “backpacks on wheels.” These so-called “packs” carry out
their assigned tasks depending on current need. But the best thing
is: they cleverly solve the much-debated operating range problem
that electric vehicles suffer from. Neither unnecessary space nor
superfluous weight is being transported. This truly creates
“mobility à la carte."
Any electrified city
speedster could serve as the basis for “Dock+Go.” For demonstration
purposes Rinderknecht selected a two-seat smart car as the basis.
Different “packs” can turn the electric flea into the dream car of
every pizza delivery driver - complete with a built-in isothermal
box. Or they allow winter sports enthusiasts to comfortably stow
their gear. In Geneva Rinspeed will furthermore show off a rolling
“sound pack” which multimedia and infotainment specialist Harman has
filled with the latest high-end sound solutions in order to
guarantee a first class acoustical experience.
Yes, this car truly
always saves the best for last: and in this case it is a generous
helping of operating range if the 100 kilometers that are usually on
tap in electric vehicles simply are not enough. An “energy pack,”
fitted with a range extender or additional batteries, powered by a
fuel cell or equipped with a combustion engine, provides the crucial
extra kilometers to reach more distant destinations. The simple and
equally clever trick of the latter is: the docked third axle drives
the rotating second axle and in doing so also recharges the on-board
batteries of the city speedster. The world’s first Variohybrid - as
Frank M. Rinderknecht calls his range donor - is born. And to top it
all off: when the pack with auxiliary batteries is docked and the
vehicle is not in use, the pack will even provide electricity to the
owner’s private residence or serve as a buffer for the public energy
grid, in effect turning it into a “smart grid.”
visions live not only on the quality of the ideas behind it, but
also and in particular on their sharp implementation. That’s because
one key element of Frank M. Rinderknecht’s credo is that a car must
provoke emotions and visions, especially if it is to serve as a
vehicle for communicating new technologies and innovative materials.
And there is a lot to see on the “Dock+Go” in that respect,
contributed by large corporations and small but brilliant
specialists alike in order to effectively showcase “Dock+Go,” which
is currently going through the Swiss patenting process.
An immediate eye-catcher
is the silver outer skin from AkzoNobel with a finish that resembles
sparkling ice crystals. It ties in with the Goodyear
low-rolling-resistance tires in size 205/40-17 mounted on 7.5-inch
AEZ rims, whose decorative silver covers are attached to red
fasteners with rubber bands. At night the chrome-blue accent
striping on either side stands out immediately, developed by Lumitec
based on an electroluminescent 3D-flexible film. Anyone with a
message for their environment can broadcast it using the innovative
“Identiface” feature. This display-based surface, developed by
MBtech, replaces the front grille, which on an electric vehicle
serves virtually no purpose. Thanks to internet connectivity
“Identiface” can display the owner’s Facebook pages, news from
around the world, the manufacturer’s badge or even the offer of a
ride from point A to point B.
The interior is
dominated by black and red. The high-tech Schoeller yarns have
strong natural thermoregulation, good insulation and a high capacity
for absorbing moisture. They keep comfortably warm in winter and
remain pleasantly cool in summer. Premium automotive textile
manufacturer Gaenslen&Völter spun them into soft, supple upholstery
that provides that special feel-good factor. And wherever plastics
are used, it is in the form of high-grade man-made materials, such
as the creatively and stylishly embossed synthetic leather that is
supplied by Hornschuch, a specialist in this field. The transparent
roof and its distinctive grass inlays - as well as a number of other
interior materials - were contributed by Studer. The view ahead is
dominated by a 12.1-inch monitor. It belongs to the multimedia
equipment and is part of the intelligent infotainment system
developed from Harman. The platform features the latest integration
technologies for smart phones, adaptive navigation and the
cloud-based Aha-platform with a flexible Human Machine Interface (HMI)
and gesture control in order to bring digital contents intuitively,
easy and safely into the car. This gesture-controlled system makes
operation of the contents child’s play and the four cameras
integrated into the vehicle body make dents from parking maneuvers
things of the past.
The instruments were
again supplied by - who else? - VDO. Also brand-new is the steering
wheel from the German-Japanese Takata Corporation with integrated
“parking space” for a smartphone, which serves as a second monitor
when docked. This is made possible these days by a driver airbag
that thanks to vacuum technology requires reduced installation
But “Dock+Go” offers
more than just style; it also serves up a high level of technical
sophistication. The recently newly developed high-strength,
lightweight door frames come from Austrian steel manufacturer
Voestalpine. Weber Fibertech built the extremely lightweight
liftgate insert with function integration, the high voltage electric
heater including the futuristic air vents were supplied by German
specialist Eberspächer. No compromises can be made when it comes to
handling huge amounts of energy safely, a fact accounted for by the
extremely robust electric plug connectors from TE Electronics.
Apropos plug connectors: recharging the car no longer requires it to
be plugged in. Instead the vehicle simply rolls onto an induction
field from SEW Eurodrive for non-contact charging.
“Dock+Go” is a clever
mobility concept, implemented rich with emotions, enhanced with
technical delicacies and intriguing enough for Swiss insurance giant
Zürich Versicherung to commit to the cause. Who wouldn’t think of a
series production in this context? No wonder that dynamic Frank M.
Rinderknecht, one of the flagships for Swiss watch manufacturer C.F.
Bucherer, is toying with this possibility. Rinderknecht on this
issue: “Yes, we have been in productive talks with potential
manufacturers for some time now.” Düsseldorf-based consulting
company A.T. Kearney at any rate has already devised a manufacturing
and marketing concept for the series production.
Even visions must be presented at the Geneva Motor Show at the
highest level of quality. This is made possible by HD monitors and
Blu-ray players from Sharp and advertising support from German ad
The partners have a
4erC GmbH - creative - clean - car - concepts, the company of
Take-1, take -2, take -3, take- 4 or tell me what you need, that`s
the statement of this concept vehicle.
For 13 years, Peter Kägi is project manager of the Rinspeed motor
show projects, Frank M. Rinderknecht and him connect many creative
More and more manufacturers come up with electric vehicles on the
market. All have the problem of the operating range and the
associated high battery costs. Special the small urban vehicles have
only very limited space, if they have electric propulsion and
transport also a range extender, they gets problems with the
The project "Dock+Go" is different.
The size of the battery and therefore the costs are depend on
several factors, drive with high power, or operating range, and the
Battery charging strategies. This vehicle concept has a small
Battery, with a battery-saving charging strategies, and just 25kW of
power. Enough to cover all the daily trips to the office and to the
Should more be required, an additional Pack can be fastened. You
don’t must have it by yourself, there could be hired if necessary.
For 26 Years, the owner of 4erC works with electric vehicles, the
range goes up to several hundred kilowatts from a power of a few
The consulting and development company 4erC works on vehicle
projects for OEM and industry. Focus on: Project management,
package, lightweight construction and fiber composite.
AEZ Wheels: Take six!
Three instead of two axles means six instead of four wheels, too -
the optional „packs“ not included. So if the Rinspeed “Dock+Go“
model finds enough followers it would probably mean good business
for the alloy wheel manufacturer AEZ. However, the company has an
entirely different motivation to participate in this ambitious
concept study based upon the Smart Fortwo.
As Rinspeed’s long-standing concept partner the AEZ team is used to
tackle things differently or think differently or to accept facts
like that a car doesn’t necessarily have to have four wheels. The
choice of rims then doesn’t only have consequences in terms of
design but also in terms of technology. Originally, alloy wheels are
motorsport wheels. They serve to reduce the weight of the vehicle
and to have a positive influence upon the so-called unsprung masses.
However, not only racing cars have profited from that concept, but
also economical cars with alternative engines. After all, it is
often an e-car’s range that still forms a handicap. But the lighter
a car is, the longer the electricity in the battery will last. And
since a car should still be fun to drive, such a “lightness of
being” is certainly on everyone’s agenda at any rate. So the mass of
the battery has somehow to be equalised. And in this study, no fewer
than six wheels have to be set in motion, which should, after all,
not put the car at a disadvantage. So the AEZ engineers’ technical
goal was to make the rims as light as possible. This is an approach
that sets important standards for the efficiency and performance of
While the “Dock+Go’s“ body is rather plain and the extra modules to
be docked on replicate the Smart’s rear end’s design, the wheels are
supposed to be a visual object of projection for the propulsion
technology. So the silver-painted aluminium wheels’ visual effect is
technical by design. The total of five triangularly notched spokes
form a rotor, a component that, in various forms, is found in
electric motors, wind turbines and generators of all kinds. The
space between the spokes in the flange part are characterised by
black contrasting trapezoid structures. Again, this is modelled upon
electric engine components. If individual motor car traffic is
indeed becoming ever more electrified, some of the style elements
shown here may well also once be found in and on mass-production
Sikkens Creating Together with Rinspeed
Perhaps you might not have realized it before, but AkzoNobel
Automotive & Aerospace Coatings (A&AC) have almost certainly touched
your life. A&AC is a business unit of the largest coatings company
in the world, AkzoNobel. Amongst others A&AC is one of the world’s
leading producers of automotive refinishes, with Sikkens as their
A&AC’s Sikkens brand has a proud history since 1792, long experience
in the automotive market and a worldwide reputation for top-quality,
innovation and sustainability.
We have specialists around the world who understand local markets
and can serve local needs. We provide state-of-the-art color
technology, high performance coatings, and industry-leading customer
services, as well as technical and logistical support and training
to customers and skilled professionals in the automotive and
Today the Sikkens product range meets the highest quality standards
for repairs, with durable colors designed for the professional body
shop. With its broad range of products, Sikkens can handle any car
repair. Since A&AC began working with Rinspeed, it has been
providing Rinspeed with specially developed custom colors based on
its Sikkens brand of automotive coatings.
Partnership and creating together is one of the most important
elements of A&AC’s – and Sikkens – business approach. A&AC
recognizes that its long-term success is dependent on the success of
its customers. Therefore they have always worked very closely with
our customers to provide not just the products that they need, but
the training, support and equipment to guarantee outstanding color
performance as well.
In the partnership however it is about selecting the right color to
get along with the concept. Sometimes that means more extravert
colors, but sometimes exactly the opposite like this time.
“We understand that color plays a major role in the look and feel of
a car.” says Remco Maassen van den Brink, A&AC Marketing Director
for the EMEA region. “So we are developing colors, effects and
bespoke paint systems to fit the specific needs of the Rinspeed
A.T. Kearney develops series production-ready vehicle concept and
appropriate business models for Rinspeed's ‘Dock+Go’ concept study
Adaptable vehicle size, improved range and flexible business models
Management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Frank M. Rinderknecht,
founder and head of the Swiss company Rinspeed, have reviewed the
‘Dock+Go’ study for series readiness and developed sustainable
business models. The new 'Pack' system, which is strapped like a
backpack on existing vehicles, e.g. a Smart, is unique the world
over. The technical solution for the functioning of interfaces
accounts not only for coupling the e-vehicle's mechanical and
electrical equipment by means of energy, space and accessory
'Packs', but also connecting to existing infrastructure. In
addition, a number of innovative business models have been developed
for ‘Dock+Go’; these range from vehicle and 'Pack' purchase through
to pay-per-use for individual 'Packs'.
"The ‘Dock+Go’ concept has the potential to significantly reduce
existing e-vehicle drawbacks in terms of range and space. It is
clear that the flexible product line also requires dynamic business
models. "This is the precept that we chose as a guiding principle in
our solutions," says Steffen Gänzle, automotive expert at A.T.
Use of existing product lines
approach relies on an existing product line – like the Smart – and
establishes the best conditions for profitable production in the
shortest possible time. The necessary economies of scale will be
achieved in just 2 years on the basis of an existing product line as
well as via parallel development and simultaneous product start-up
of the versions of a line. While the vehicle is always equipped with
an electric drive, the drive mix can be offered from combustion
engine through to fuel-cell in the form of 'Pack' versions and a
cost-efficient modular design of the ‘Dock+Go’ body concept.
From a technical
perspective, the 'Packs' are coupled using a U-shaped frame, which
also takes on the functions of a roll bar and central crash box.
Sensors are fitted which, communicate the current docking state to
the driver. At the same time, the third axle is latched with its
subframe to the cradle of the e-vehicle and operating readiness is
displayed in the cockpit.
Optionally, the additional electric drive concepts can be charged
using induction or at the power outlet. Here, a stationary charge
can be implemented as part of a 'Smart Home'/'Smart Grid' at home or
in metropolitan centers at 'Car Ports' and 'Car Parks', which will
be situated in many mega cities around the world by 2015.
Fully flexible business models
A variety of partner and
operating models are conceivable for the development, production and
sales and distribution of ‘Dock+Go’. These range from an integrated
OEM through to an amalgamation of manufacturers, engineering service
providers and trailer producers. Intelligent vehicle 'Pack' and
'Battery' leasing schemes as well as pay-per-use payment options
will be offered for the end customer. Due to the high level of
complexity and additional costs vis-à-vis the drive mix as well as
possible private and commercial use, offers must be tailored quite
specifically to the needs of the individual customer.
Creative, passionate and forward-looking - Carl F. Bucherer
sponsors modular mobility system from Rinspeed.
Carl F. Bucherer is sponsoring another project from Swiss company
Rinspeed AG. The smart “Dock+Go” mobility system is unusual,
intelligent and incredibly flexible.
Over 30 years ago, Frank M. Rinderknecht set about making a boyhood
dream come true by creating cars that would satisfy his vision of
the ultimate vehicle. Ever since, Rinspeed has established a
high-profile reputation for itself as a manufacturer of concept cars
and limited series. With his latest brainchild, Rinderknecht has
succeeded in capturing an individual attitude to life and
transforming it into an all-round concept. The “Dock+Go” mobility
system is based on a four-wheel vehicle a little like the Smart but
can be supplied with six wheels on request. This would be necessary
if the owner wished to transport camping, golf or skiing equipment,
or needed space for a large toolbox. A pack can be rented or
purchased for this purpose. When required, the pack docks with the
back of the car like a rucksack and provides enough space to meet
the owner’s needs.
Sophisticated energy concept.
But Rinspeed would not
be Rinspeed if sustainability and energy efficiency weren’t also
important factors in the equation. An energy pack with a combustion
engine or range-extender, packed with batteries or powered by a fuel
cell, ensures the vehicle has the power it needs to take it to more
distant destinations. Apart from this, when the third axle (the one
belonging to the pack) docks with the vehicle, it also drives the
second axle and recharges the urban vehicle’s on-board battery,
which keeps it moving entirely CO2-free. It also means that no
unnecessary seating is used or superfluous weight carried around
when the pack is not in use. The latest creation of the Swiss
mobility guru will be unveiled at this year’s Geneva car show from 8
to 18 March 2012.
A common philosophy.
The concept cars
developed by Frank M. Rinderknecht redefine mobility. They are the
work of a man who continues to go his own way undeterred. As did
Carl F. Bucherer, the founder of the Lucerne watch brand of the same
Carl F. Bucherer.
Once again, this unique mobility concept stands for having the
courage to be creative, to be passionate and to think outside the
box, just like the timepieces manufactured by Carl F. Bucherer. Even
more decisive, however, is the philosophy common to both, whereby
state-of-the-art technology, first-class materials and
unconventional forms are combined to create new and conceptually
compelling final products
About Carl F. Bucherer.
Carl F. Bucherer operates under the name Bucherer Montres S.A. and
is an independent company with over 90 years’ experience in the
manufacture of high-quality timepieces. A brand that designs and
produces its own movements in-house (a manufacture), it stands for
aesthetic products made with uncompromising quality and self-assured
design. It brings together watchmaking craftsmanship at its finest
and outstanding expertise in the art of jewelry making. Its name is
a tribute to the pioneering achievements of its eponymous founder,
Carl Friedrich Bucherer.
The Carl F. Bucherer brand was launched to lend more strategic
weight to the manufacturing expertise adeptly demonstrated by the
company since 1919. As the only brand of manufacture status in
Lucerne, Carl F. Bucherer produces and distributes exclusive ladies’
and men’s watches, and represents a second pillar in the Bucherer
The Bucherer Group is owned and managed by the third generation of
the family in the person of Jörg G. Bucherer, who is also Chairman
of the Board of Directors. The Carl F. Bucherer team, under the
supervision of CEO Sascha Moeri, strengthens the brand’s position as
a recognized manufacturer of watches for the premium segment with
its own workshops in Ste-Croix specializing in the research,
development and production of watch movements.
Eberspaecher catem turns up the
heat for “Dock+Go” from Rinspeed
coupled with unique visual appearance – that’s what distinguishes
the concept study “Dock+Go” from Rinspeed. The electric vehicle,
with a choice of two or three axles, highlights new perspectives in
the drive-train and combines high efficiency with successful design
in the heating system. In addition to a PTC heater from Eberspaecher
catem, a specially developed air outlet is used in the compact
A PTC heater from Eberspaecher catem ensures temperatures in the
“Dock+Go” stay comfortable. With an output of up to 5.5 kilowatts it
rapidly heats up the interior – with an efficiency factor of more
than 99 per cent. The PTC heater can also be positioned virtually
wherever you want in the vehicle. As the electronics and control
unit are now completely integrated into the electrical heating
element, Eberspaecher catem’s experts have been able to improve the
installation options still further. Output is infinitely variable
thanks to the LIN (alternatively CAN) bus systems or, as an option,
also a PWM control.
The PTC heater was developed for voltage ranges of up to 500 volts
and, with its completely insulated construction, satisfies the
highest safety requirements. It is therefore not only perfectly
designed for use in electric vehicles but is also suitable as a
heater for fuel cell or hybrid vehicles. The outstanding design
element in the instrument panel is the air outlet specially designed
for the “Dock+Go”. The force of the air stream can be metered
exactly via precise control steps.
Highlight of the “Dock+Go” is the optional third axle. If required,
the coupleable “packs” offer additional loading space – or extend
the range of the electric vehicle as you wish: there are so-called
“energy packs” with a combustion engine or range extender,
containing rechargeable batteries or a fuel cell.
For electric vehicles, Eberspaecher catem has developed a 12-volt
coolant heater for battery conditioning. The heating element heats
up the vehicle battery in a short time and therefore receives its
full capacity even at low temperatures.
Eberspaecher is one of the leading system developers and suppliers
of exhaust technology, vehicle heaters and bus air-conditioning
systems worldwide and is also involved in automotive electronics and
automotive bus systems for electronic networking in the vehicles.
Their customers include almost all European and North American, and
increasingly more Asian manufacturers of passenger cars and
commercial vehicles. In 2010, the internationally positioned group
of companies, with approximately 5,600 employees, posted sales of
over 1.9 billion Euros.
Swiss made - Esoro
Frank M. Rinderknecht
used highly advanced technology and a Swiss-based network of top
automotive specialists for his project.
Over a decade the Swiss cleantech engineering company Esoro has been
development partner for the Rinspeed concepts. This time Esoro
focused on the implementation of new technologies from other project
Esoro has now over 20 years of experience as engineering partner for
concept vehicles, components and products with main focus on
lightweight construction, alternative drivetrains and mobility.
During this time Esoro has gained a well-deserved reputation for
excellent efficiency and innovative solutions, which is demonstrated
by numerous prototypes and serial products.
Since 1990 Esoro has been working intensively in the field of
conception, implementation and tests of clean car concepts and drive
systems. Esoro is thus one of the few companies in the world with
well-founded experience in development and operation of electric,
plug-in-hybrid and fuel cell drives. These activities are our core
competence. Esoro therefore realizes EV projects for OEM’s starting
with the initial conception and the prototype up to the serial
Esoro is also developing fiber reinforced components from initial
conception up to pre-production samples. In-house specialists
optimize the component properties and characteristics throughout the
entire development process. Important steps are non-linear,
orthotropic Finite Element Analysis and crash simulation.
Another recent development from Esoro is the new E-LFT production
technology developed for Weber Automotive. E-LFT makes large scale
production of high-strength and lightweight composite parts
affordable. E-LFT composite parts weigh more than 30 percent less
than comparable steel parts. For the development of the smart fortwo
tailgate, which now has been produced over 500’000 times with the E-LFT
process, Esoro received the highly recognized JEC Innovation
Automotive Award 2008.
Harman breaks new ground in
personalized infotainment with its visionary networked infotainment
concept in the Rinspeed Dock+Go
Imagine a car that
automatically adjusts to every driver’s tastes and preferences,
harnesses a universe of personalized entertainment and information
from the web, and makes your drive time easier, safer, and more
productive by learning your driving routes and habits. This vision
of a personalized, context-aware driving experience is brought to
life by Harman through revolutionary customizable infotainment
Harman delivers a personalized interface between the driver, the
car, and the connected and digital world around it. It has created a
new “context-aware” infotainment system concept that creates a
virtual personalized dashboard for the driver. The system combines
advanced smartphone integration technologies, cloud-based Aha
platform, learning navigation, and flexible human-machine interface
(HMI) design including gesture recognition, to deliver media-rich
digital content into the car in an intuitive, easy-to-use manner,
without compromising safety.
The car’s infotainment system connects with the driver’s smartphone
and uses NFC (Near Field Communication) to recognize his saved
preferences such as: seat positions, favorite music and settings for
the Harman HALOsonic Electronic Sound Synthesis system, the
preferred HMI visualizations, emails, contacts and calendar entries
as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts via the Aha platform.
The navigation system “learns” by monitoring the driver, his
operation characteristics, his preferred routes and his interactions
with the system. It also detects driver alertness monitoring the
driver’s steering wheel movements, voice timbre, and braking and
accelerating behavior, to intelligently propose less risky routes or
suggest stopping for a rest. The situational HMI combines location,
telemetry, and personalized user data to offer the driver with
optimal route-relevant information. A range management system works
hand-in-hand with the navigation system and location-based services
to optimize the distance and route taken by the vehicle.
Harman’s feature-rich infotainment concept is also designed to
ensure that safety remains a top priority. It incorporates a number
of HMI options, including gesture control and voice control,
allowing drivers to access specific services such as read-aloud
function for emails or - via Aha - social media feeds on Facebook
and Twitter. The integrated office solution allows standard
documents and emails to be viewed and managed. Harman's Aha platform
delivers access to multimedia content including audio books, radio,
music services, podcasts, location based services, and more,
supplied by an extensive roster of partners. Drivers can choose from
an array of themes and filter content to match their preferences to
create their own presets.
As the world market
leader for surfaces, the Hornschuch Group is a highly proficient
partner for foils and high-tech synthetics. The premium brand skai®
stands for innovation and design, being used for car interiors and
upholstery covers, amongst other things. The solutions developed in
a dialogue with customers set the trends throughout the industry.
The Hornschuch Design Center underlines the high standards with its
own Design Guide.
With Dock+Go Hornschuch is on board a Rinspeed Concept Car for the
third time. After sQuba and Bamboo, the tried and tested
collaboration offers the surface specialist a further opportunity to
specify its vision for the design of interiors, but this time on a
new basis: the Design Guide unveiled in January outlines three
megatrends which Hornschuch sees for the next three years: Origin,
In Transition, Innovation. The Design Center thereby defines the
maxims of its work irrespective of the applications: what represents
a tool for the creative is a guideline for the customer. The Design
Guide makes design development come alive and comprehensible, and
shows that design at Hornschuch is sustainable.
The materials used by Hornschuch define the interior of the Dock+Go,
while giving it a distinctive flair on the outside. Inside it is the
door panels, the dashboard, panels in the lower field of vision and
the sides and backs of the seats which are fitted with Hornschuch
surfaces. On the outside it is the cover of the Space Pack, which is
reminiscent of a tonneau cover. The Design Guide played an important
role in the selection of the colors and structures, as well as the
materials. The interior is dominated by a combination of velvet red
and slate black, forming a bridge between the megatrends Origin and
Innovation. A biosynthetic material is used, more than 80 per cent
of which is based on natural and renewable resources. The quilting
seams criss-crossing the plissé surfaces which adorn the cockpit
stem from the Origin world based on craftsmanship. Finally, nano-coated
outdoor synthetics are used for the covering of the Space Pack cargo
space. None of the materials has ever been used before in this way
in the automotive environment. They show the range of possibilities
that the surface specialist – which works very successfully for many
high-volume manufacturers in the automotive sector – is able to
offer. Rinspeed's concept car Dock+Go again visualizes the future of
the automobile. A future in which Hornschuch will be at the cutting
In 2005 as the Rinspeed
Senso was making such an impression on the experts in Geneva,
Lumitec was also on board. In a project where we collaborated with
Bayer we saw our unique lighting technology put to use in the
cockpit of the SENSO. The side panels were equipped with an EL
(electroluminescent) lighting system capable of emitting three
different colours. The intention here was to provide support for the
driver using the right ambient light.
Lumitec AG is the technology leader in thick-film
electroluminescence. EL lighting systems are constructed like plate
capacitors, and make it possible to produce completely homogeneous
light on an unlimited number of different surfaces. Over the past 10
years we have worked intensively on the development of
three-dimensional lighting systems. It is now possible to build
these lighting systems without any carrier film, and they can be
combined with wood, textiles, and metal, etc. With thicknesses under
0.2 mm, it is possible to make homogeneous light surfaces with the
most limited of proportions.
In the ‘Dock+Go’ project we can be found in three places. Of
particular interest are the mouldings on the door. During the day
they look like standard chrome mouldings. At dusk or during the
night, however, they turn into illuminated decorative parts. And if
they are combined with background writing or logos, they can even be
used as night-time advertising.
In the Takata-Petri steering wheel our technology can be found as
backlighting in the airbag area. This provides homogenous light in a
place with very little space, and where no metal parts can be used.
Another extremely interesting item is the number plate on the newest
RINSPEED project. In appearance it seems to be constructed like a
completely normal number plate. It essentially consists of an
aluminium plate with embossed characters and a reflective front
surface. Only, this number plate has an additional EL lighting
system between the reflective film and the aluminium carrier. It is
so thin and flexible that the owner’s number can be embossed by cold
forming, just as it is on a conventional plate. Lumitec and
Autoschilder Sievers in Hannover have worked closely together to be
the first to develop the lighted number plate to be ready for series
production. This particular application makes the highest demands on
the elasticity of the lighting system, because it must not allow
crack formation where the characters are embossed, and it needs to
have high weather resistance for long periods of time.
Unique from the front to tail -The MBtech Group continues developing
the "Identiface" front display and the "Dock + Go" idea.
The engineering and consulting company, MBtech Group is renowned for
courage and the passion for new ideas instead of conventional
prefabricated concepts. Which is why this year MBtech is once again
contributing innovations and know-how from the electronics solutions
and design sectors to the development partnership with Rinspeed. In
return, MBtech utilizes the inspiration provided by the
collaboration to continue developing its "Reporter" pickup study.
The unique combination of engineering and consulting competencies
has enabled the MBtech Group to establish itself as one of the
leading international service providers for the vehicle industry.
Every day approximately 3,000 employees worldwide work to make the
future of mobility for their customers into a reality today. This
includes the "Identiface", a high-resolution LED display
harmoniously integrated into the front of the vehicle.
It enables drivers to give their vehicles their own unique,
customizable character (identity). For example, it can also be used
to display useful warning messages for other road users (utility).
Furthermore, the system can also create an emotional aspect by
displaying personal messages from virtual networks such as Facebook
or Twitter (social media) or simple fun applications (fun). The LED
identity concept originates from the MBtech Group's "Reporter"
pickup study and last year it was realized as a multi-functional
design for Rinspeed's "BamBoo" e-vehicle study as “Identiface”. The
enhanced module has now been adopted in the "Dock + Go" concept as
well. This enables data and information exchanged between the
vehicle and the "dock" to be displayed.
MBtech continues to envision further options for the front display
by integrating new experience gained from networking between the
virtual and the real world in the vehicle. For example, MBtech is
currently developing a new technology platform as part of the
"Wireless Gateway" innovation project. It creates vehicle
connectivity across wireless, GPRS, UMTS, Bluetooth and other
standards in order to consistently meet the needs of the smartphone
The collaboration with Rinspeed has also inspired the MBtech Group's
designers and model makers to go back to the drawing board or return
to their clay models for the "Reporter": The basis idea consisted of
creating an initial design when easily transforms from a pickup into
a delivery van or a people mover. Motivated by fresh ideas, the
design and model construction team is now developing new vehicle
variant possibilities for the "Reporter".
Sustainability + Innovation =
Schoeller Group, which
has its headquarter in the Austrian city of Bregenz, is one of the
leading worsted yarn manufacturers in the world. With its 500 staff,
the Schoeller Group produces 4000 tons of yarn a year at various
locations across Europe. One-and-a-half centuries of experience and
an innovative research and development department furthermore ensure
that the Group is constantly increasing its technological lead.
However, all of the Group’s actions and decisions are informed by
one guiding principle: sustainability. Hence, Schoeller has now not
only become the first worsted yarn spinning company in the world to
have been bluesign-certified (a comprehensive standard certifying
compliance with a range of environmental and organic production
requirements), but has also received the coveted bluesign Award.
However, Schoeller is also actively involved in the IVN
(International Association Natural Textile Industry) and GOTS
(Global Organic Textile Standard).
An important part of the Schoeller customer portfolio is the
‘Traveltex’ segment, i.e. yarns used in cars, busses, trains and
planes – several of the yarns and fibres are even used in space
travel, making them some of the most widely travelled threads
around. This segment comprises innovative yarns developed by
Schoeller in collaboration with its industrial partners that,
amongst others, are enabling these companies to develop new kinds of
seat covers, door linings, composite materials and car roof liners.
Schoeller and his project partner Prevent Gaenslen & Völter have
demonstrated their strengths in sustainable development and
production with the implementation of Rinspeed’s new ‘Dock+Go’
concept. Wool – a natural fibre – was applied in the project,
intelligently combined with high-tech, innovative fibres such as
Vectran® and Nomex® to make up a large proportion of the seats.
‘Schoeller Power-Wool®’, a natural thermoregulator, is used where
moisture absorption and passenger comfort are the priority. And in
seats that are also intended to store body warmth, Thermo² is
employed – an innovative wool-polyester blend that reflects heat and
infrared rays. This ecological and economical product is both
lightweight and reduces the need for electric heating – a major
benefit for electric vehicles.
The textile double-face roof of ‘Dock+Go’ is made up of a Vectran®
blend. Vectran is the most cut-resistant fibre on the market. It is
also five times more tear-proof than steel, offering optimum yet
unobtrusive resistance against wear-and-tear and vandalism. Glossy,
dyed Nomex yarn is used in the seat stitches and the side netting.
Highly resistant to wear-and-tear and available in a choice of
colours, it emphasizes the functionality and high-quality design of
‘Dock+Go’ in important, highly visible places. All yarns are
certified to the “bluesign” standard, delivering innovative
functionality while ensuring compliance with strict environmental
standards – and underlining the pioneering nature of the ‘Dock+Go’
drives and charging technology from a single source
Wireless charging technology for
electric and hybrid vehicles
Early in 2011, two
strong partners pooled their expertise for electric mobility: Brose
Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, market leader in mechatronic systems
and electric motors for the vehicle body and interior, and SEW-Eurodrive,
one of the leading suppliers for electric motors and control systems
for industrial applications, founded Brose-SEW Elektromobilitäts
GmbH & Co. KG. The goal of this joint venture is to develop, produce
and sell drive and charging technology for electric and hybrid
vehicles. Since the joint venture can tap the know-how of the two
parent companies Brose and SEW-Eurodrive and access their production
facilities, it can achieve additional economies of scale and cost
benefits. Apart from developing customer-specific vehicle drives
ranging from 0.25 to 150 kilowatts, the joint venture will also be
seeking to find intelligent and economical ways of implementing
individual electric mobility. This is where Brose-SEW has a viable,
forward-looking solution to offer: wireless charging technology
facilitates accessing power supplies at home and while on the move;
moreover, it is more convenient than a plug-supported solution.
"Filling up" with electricity without cables
Intelligent and user-friendly charging technology is an essential
prerequisite if electric vehicles are to be established in the mass
market. The components required for wireless power transmission
consist of the power supply element and the pad on the ground which
act as the "energy source" and a module on the underbody of the car
which assumes the role of the receiver. Power is transmitted
inductively, i.e. non-contact power transfer up to a distance of 20
centimeters between the ground and the vehicle via a magnetic field.
An electromagnetic shield in the coils ensures the passenger
compartment is protected from the magnetic field. This way of
charging the car is convenient, safe, clean and independent of
weather conditions. Moreover, regular top-ups are kinder to the
Power is transmitted in line with the resonant transformer
principle: alternating current produces a magnetic field in the
primary coil which induces alternating current again in the
secondary coil. The primary coil is installed, for example, in the
ground of the parking lot and supplied from a power-feeding device.
When an electric vehicle arrives, it activates this power-feeding
device via near field communication, switching from standby to
operating mode. Once the electric vehicle's battery is charged, the
power-feeding device returns to standby.
In March 2011, the VDE/DKE approved an application guide (VDE-AR-E
2122-4-2), thus establishing a basis for standardization in order to
prepare this highly innovative and convenient charging technology
for mainstream use. BROSE-SEW has developed its system in full
compliance with the standard and can thus already offer it to its
customers for installation in vehicles.
Inductive charging technology as a prerequisite for widespread
Wireless charging technology enables vehicles to be automatically
recharged at every short stop, e.g. at traffic lights and railway
crossings or in multi-level car parks or parking spaces. This is not
only kinder to the power storage unit, but also ensures that the
vehicle has enough power for its maximum range. Subsequently, the
size of expensive batteries can be reduced bringing about
significant savings in costs and weight.
Sharp -Rinspeed’s official multimedia partner
The renowned Swiss car and concept designer Rinspeed is cooperating
with Sharp, one of the world’s largest technology corporations, with
regard to its new concept car „Dock+Go“ for the eigth time. An
extraordinary concept deserves an extraordinary presentation. And as
always, Sharp guarantees this with a range of state-of-the-art LCD
TVs boasting innovative technologies that give the viewer an even
better understanding of the ideas and characteristics behind this
new concept car, pin sharp and with unprecedented colour brilliance.
Thanks to their advanced technologies, the newest Sharp TVs are
especially power efficient, which is completely in keeping with
Quattron stirs up colour television
In the spring of 2010, LCD pioneer Sharp revolutionized the flat TV
market with its Quattron technology. Today, the unique four colour
technology forms the basis of the future generations of Aquos LCD
TVs. The electronics corporation is gradually expanding its LCD TV
line-up and supplementing its series with 3D technology and a direct
internet connection. SHARP continues to focus on the best image,
innovative designs, the best environmental performance in the market
and large screen sizes.
The Quattron technology adds a forth colour yellow (Y) to the three
basic colours red, green and blue (RGB). The thus expanded colour
scale allows for the lifelike colour reproduction of almost all
colours that the human eye can see without an aid. In particular
golden yellow. The highly efficient Quattron panel in connection
with the power efficient LED background lighting produce not only
impressive images, but power consumption is also reduced to an
Sharp /This is Why - Sharp has been an inventor for society for
almost a hundred years.
We don’t invent for the sake of it, we believe our products should
solve real human problems to benefit our culture and wellbeing.
We always look for opportunities to improve our lives; for the home
and business, for the environment and society, and we provide
solutions with the user in mind, with simple human benefits.
As part of our continued commitment to future innovation, we employ
8,000 researchers in facilities around the world and invest over
6.5% of our net sales in R&D.
We’ll always strive to make products that our competitors want to
We’ll always look for the next opportunity to invent for our
society, and then we’ll tell you why we’ve innovated.
Sharp /This is Why -
Did you know?
Our founder, Tokuji
Hayakawa, invented the first mechanical pencil, the Ever-Sharp /This
is Why we are called Sharp.
Sharp believe, as we
make products that rely on energy, we should create energy too /This
is Why we have been developing solar technology for over fifty years
and continue to be industry leaders.
Sharp are leaders in LCD technology. We were the first to introduce
this technology to calculators and invented the first LCD TV in 1988
/This is Why we continue to lead the way. Today we produce the
largest LCD TV at 108-inches.
Sharp understand the
demand for healthy food with the modern day lifestyle and diets
/This is Why we invented a convenient microwave that’s also a
healthy, easy-to-use steam oven, for meals with more taste and
Studer exclusive surfaces - Exclusive Interior Design Materials
Rinspeed's brand new concept car Dock+Go takes off
Studer Handels AG distributes a wide range of top-quality and also
innovative materials for interior design. Two of these materials are
now fitted into a motor vehicle for the very first time.
Frank M. Rinderknecht chose Invision for the roof of Rinspeed's
Dock+ Go concept car, an eye-catching transparent glass made by
Designpanel. Invision is in fact PET glass with inlays made of
The car's ecological
appeal is accentuated by its natural environment-friendly roof with
its embedded green blades of grass. Invision panels are normally
used for room design, in the private as well as public domain. The
inclusion of nature brings a feel good atmosphere into the living
ambience. This is stunningly demonstrated by the bar top, the table
surfaces and the special bar stools on the Rinspeed exhibition stand
at the Geneva motor show.
Organic materials, cool metals or delicate textiles embedded in
transparent plastic. The prerequisite for these innovative surface
compounds is a specially developed technique. The panels in the
nature series are made of materials of organic origin. Their
transient beauty is captured in a long-lasting synthetic material.
Individual inlays can be fabricated upon request.
In the interior of the car another Studer Handels AG high tech
product finds a striking implementation.
Stone-like Staron® by Samsung.
Placed in the center of the dashboard it serves as a support for the
latest computer developed by Harman. The black solid surface
material has metal inclusions, is compact and homogeneous and can be
worked like solid wood. Unlike stone it feels warm to the touch and
is appealing. STARON can be thermoformed with heat and seamlessly
glued. Individual parts can therefore be assembled without expensive
moulding. The ventilation nozzles on the dashboard by Eberspächer
are a very good example.
Staron® is a moulded, non porous solid surface material, consisting
basically of a high-quality natural mineral. Available in panels it
is made of one third acrylic and two thirds bauxite, the raw
material used for the manufacture of aluminum. Unlike wood or stone,
Staron® by Samsung is very shock-resistant, robust, non porous and
therefore extremely hygienic.
Studer Handels AG is your competent partner for solid surfaces and
exclusive materials for interior fittings.
With so many people involved in the development of a whole range of
sustainable transportation concepts, approaches to the problem are
bound to be varied. Rinspeed’s Dock+Go concept is an example of the
successful implementation of one of these ideas. This impressive
concept fuses two components, or technologies, into one innovative
A unique smartphone docking station is integrated into the steering
wheel. This goes way beyond the standard charging cradle,
transforming the steering wheel into an on-board communication
center which is clearly visible to the driver at all times. It takes
the driving experience to a whole new level, where functionality,
infotainment and entertainment are all part of the same integrated
Specifically designed for the Dock+Go, a number of innovative ideas
have been incorporated into the airbag steering wheel. By vacuum
packing the driver’s airbag so that it is ultra-compact, enough
space has been created for the docking station. The Vacuum Folding
Technology (VFT) used in the airbag concept, which received a 2011
Automotive News PACE Award, has taken design in a whole new
direction. The layout of the steering wheel plus the use of optical
effects and high-grade materials and surfaces combine to create a
complete visual and tactile experience.
Vehicle design is an expression of style and lifestyle. And yet many
interior components are often very similar and unremarkable. The
patterned safety belt breaks with convention and adds a dash of chic
to the interior. At the same time, the different design on the
underside is an added safety feature, immediately indicating when
the belt is twisted.
Airbags and safety belts are the cornerstones of modern passenger
protection. As well as being safety features, they have become part
of the interior design concept in modern-day vehicles, adding to the
character and identity of a car. A striking design should be an
eye-catcher – and a head-turner!
Driven by prevalent issues such as safety, the environment,
information and affordable transportation, the automotive industry
is currently going through a period of far-reaching change. As one
of the leading global developers and suppliers of automotive safety
systems (safety belts, airbags, steering wheels, child car seats,
electronics and sensor systems), Takata is strongly placed to help
actively shape the future of the industry in partnership with
Takata has 49 plants in 18 countries and employs over 34,500 people,
every one of whom is committed to turning innovative ideas into
reality. Their common goal is to reduce the number of fatalities in
road traffic accidents to zero.
Converting the potential into the
This is truly an
exciting time. Hybrid and electric mobility is the most significant
change to the automobile industry in over 100 years. Everything is
being re-imagined. And with more than 50 years of experience in
automotive connectivity systems, high-voltage electricity, and
pushing innovation from one industry to the next, from the charging
socket, to the battery, to the motor-and everywhere in between- TE
Connectivity is safely and reliably connecting and protecting the
flow of power and data.
Vehicles represent one of the most challenging engineering
environments in the world. Exposed to regular temperature
fluctuations, continuous vibration and frequent neglect, they’re
still expected to operate flawlessly for years. Hybrid and electric
vehicles take the requirements to an even higher level: They need to
reduce mass to improve the power-to-weight ratio. The high-voltage
electricity must be shielded to protect the function of in-vehicle
electronics. The safety of consumers, technicians and emergency
first responders cannot be compromised. That’s why OEMs rely on the
safety and reliability of TE’s contactors, sensors, cable assemblies
and AMP+ connectors and terminals.
TE has nearly every component it takes to create your EV charging
solution. From cables to contactors, meters to card readers, screens
to sockets, we’ve already solved how it all goes together. Level 1
and 2 Charging Coupler Cable Assemblies, Contactors/Relays, and
Inlets safely deliver electricity to the vehicle to charge the
Major OEMs around the globe rely on TE technologies as the one of
the largest suppliers of automotive connections in the world. TE is
more than your source for world-class technology. We team with you
in innovation. We work side-by-side with engineers in virtually
every industry to create smarter, faster, better answers to the
challenges of tomorrow. No matter what your business is bringing to
Hybrid and Electric Mobility Solutions, you can depend on TE to help
complete the connection.
While TE Connectivity (TE) has made every reasonable effort to
ensure the accuracy of the information in this editorial, TE does
not guarantee that it is error-free, nor does TE make any other
representation, warranty or guarantee that the information is
accurate, correct, reliable or current. TE reserves the right to
make any adjustments to the information contained herein at any time
without notice. TE expressly disclaims all implied warranties
regarding the information contained herein, including, but not
limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for
a particular purpose. The dimensions in this editorial are for
reference purposes only and are subject to change without notice.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Consult TE for
the latest dimensions and design specifications.
setting new standards in lightweight automotive
A New Dimension in Lightweight
Maximum strength and
corrosion resistance: phs-ultraform® is an innovation from
voestalpine combining the benefits of press-hardened components with
the tried-and-proven corrosion resistance of galvanized steel strip.
phs-ultraform® opens the door to a new dimension of lightweight
construction with regard to freedom of design, dimensional accuracy
and process security. It is the futuristic solution in particular
for safety-relevant components that are subject to heavy corrosion.
phs-ultraform® thus makes a decisive contribution to the issue of
lightweight construction and is therefore highly relevant for
electrical mobility applications.
phs-ultraform® is remarkable for the numerous impressive benefits it
offers such as extreme strength of up to 1,800 MPa, cathodic
corrosion protection, complex components and the possibility of
processing blanks made from a wide variety of materials and in
various thickness combinations (tailored welded blanks).
For the first time, press-hardened components made of phs-ultraform®
can be reliably manufactured using either the direct or the indirect
In the direct hot forming process, steel blanks are heated to a
temperature of approximately 900 °C and then shaped into their final
geometry and hardened in a cooled mold. voestalpine is the first
steelmaker to be able to produce hot-dip galvanized material for
components with cathodic corrosion protection manufactured using the
This is where voestalpine benefits from its many years of series
production experience with the indirect process. In the indirect
process, blanks made from phs-ultraform® – including those that are
laser-welded – are formed and cut to the final geometries using
conventional cold-forming technology. The component geometry is
merely hardened and finalized in a heated state. Moreover,
voestalpine, as an innovation leader, is able to manufacture
clock-cycle-neutral components with "tailor-made" properties
(tailored property parts).
phs-ultraform® components are the futuristic solution for
safety-relevant components that are subject to heavy corrosion, such
as those used for longitudinal members, A and B pillars, side
panels, sills, tunnels and bulkheads. Besides these classic
applications, phs-ultraform® is increasingly being employed for
doors and hatches. phs-ultraform® is thus setting new standards in
phs-ultraform® technology makes an important contribution to
reducing fuel consumption and at the same time is significantly
enhancing occupant protection. Steel as a material is thus
successfully and futuristically facing up to the challenge posed by
alternative materials such as aluminum and CFRP (carbon
voestalpine is your partner from development to the finished
product, providing software simulation of the entire process chain
through to the properties of the final component. Stay that decisive
step ahead in the lightweight construction of the future with
The voestalpine Group
voestalpine is a globally operating group with a large number of
specialized and flexible companies that produce, process and enhance
high-quality steel products. With 360 production and sales
companies, the group is present in over 60 countries on all five
With its top-quality flat steel products, voestalpine is one of
Europe's leading partners in the automotive, household appliance and
energy industries. The voestalpine Group is also the world market
leader in turnout technology, in tool steel and special profiles and
is number one in Europe for rail production.
Vollmond Advertising Agency: Full service, Creativity and
As a full-service partner, the Vollmond Advertising Agency has been
developing promotional communication solutions in the print and
non-print area since 2004. We are proud of supporting Rinspeed in
the areas of brand communication as well as print and online media.
Opinions are changing, designs are varying. Only one thing remains
the same – advertising!
Vollmond inspires and unites people with companies. We are convinced
that success is measurable and we want to thank all our customers
for being able to prove this every day.
Vollmond provides safe and honest advice, planning and
implementation. Thanks to national and international experience, we
demonstrate our ability in the areas of advertising, marketing,
design, search engine optimization and programming over and over
again by acting in a loyal and reliable manner.
Among our customers are renowned representatives of various economic
We do not distinguish by the amount of the budget, but we are happy
about every new challenge, about our customers’ success and the good
feeling of having achieved something.
In dealing with our customers, we rely on the human touch, trust and
reliability. This ensures a smooth process flow and provides optimal
results. In other words: each of us spares no effort to perform more
than you expect – day after day. Take us at our word!
Weber Fibertech GmbH, together with Weber Automotive GmbH and Weber
Motor GmbH constitutes the Weber consortium. Weber is a supplier to
the automotive industry for more than 35 years with worldwide
business contacts. Production facilities are located in Europe and
North America. In 1998 Weber entered into the industry of fiber
The product range of the Weber consortium reaches from core parts of
the ICE like engine blocks, cylinder heads, crankshafts and con
rods, to a range of ICE´s developed in house and to fiber reinforced
plastic parts. Engineering services associated to the aforementioned
products are also supplied by Weber.
At Weber Fibertech reinforced plastic parts are produced with the
help of the patented E-LFT process. This process is characterized by
a maximal flexibility in part design, a great potential for
lightweight construction and unbeatable efficiency. Series
production of E-LFT parts at Weber Fibertech in Markdorf / Germany
started in late 2006. The first series production part is the
tailgate structure and lid of the Smart fortwo. Until today more
than half a million components have been delivered to Smart. Weber
Fibertech gained the JEC Innovation Award in 2008 category
Automotive & vehicles for this application.
Current and also forward looking projects are, among others,
structures for complete passenger cars and battery housings for
hybrid- and electric cars.
Further target parts for the E-LFT process are primarily areal
structural parts like:
- Tailgates, door modules, sliding doors
- Seat Modules and seat structures
- Frontends, under ride guards, cross car beams etc.
At Zurich, we do a lot more than just sell traditional insurance. We
are constantly looking at how customer needs and preferences are
changing, particularly in the areas of technology and the
environment. That’s why we are one of the only insurers to offer an
insurance product that caters to the unique needs of electric car
We seek to work with partners that are leading the way in innovation
and helping us understand future opportunities and risks. The
partnership we have with Frank Rinderknecht and Rinspeed is a
perfect match for us. The new Dock + Go Mobility concept highlights
how people will be able to utilize mobility in the future to fit
their needs as well as minimize their carbon footprint – two things
we’re very keen on as well.
As we continue to build insurance products and services that lead
the way in mobility, we remain excited about working with Frank
Rinderknecht and the entire Rinspeed organization for inspiration
Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line
insurance provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices
in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle
East as well as other markets. It offers a wide range of general
insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals,
small businesses, mid-sized and large companies as well as
multinational corporations. Zurich employs approximately 60,000
people serving customers in more than 170 countries. Founded in
1872, the Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Zurich
Financial Services Ltd (ZURN) is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange
and has a level I American Depositary Receipt program (ZFSVY) which
is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX.