Travels Through Switzerland

As iglide on tour’s time in Switzerland wrapped up, we celebrated the anniversaries of igus and iglide at the Swiss headquarters. The team donated two Swiss Francs per kilometer driven, totaling 3,182 CHF, or $3,295 based on our travel.

Travels Through SwitzerlandGilbert Giger of the VEBO Cooperative receives a check from Lutz Alof, CEO of igus Switzerland. 

igus Switzerland wanted to support a local organization, and found the VEBO Cooperative in Oensingen, in the northern part of Switzerland. VEBO is an association that helps handicapped people, and provides them with accessible workshops, opening the doors for employment.

In addition, igus Switzerland also donated 30 kgs of rice to celebrate the 30 years of iglide, and also to help the VEBO staff canteen, which feeds all its employees.

Travels Through Switzerland.2The people of VEBO were very pleased to meet the iglide car as Urs Trösch, the Director of the Service Department, receives the donation from Lutz Alof.

From VEBO, the tour took off from Switzerland to Germany, where we will spend a few days before our Christmas and New Year’s break. In total, we drove 1,125 miles and and spent a great week in Switzerland.

Travels Through Switzerland.3Crossing the border into Germany

Back in Germany, we visited the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. It was originally built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a Middle Ages-inspired private retreat. However, when the king died before the castle was fully completed, and it quickly became a popular tourist destination. Over a million people visit the castle every year, making it one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. The castle even became a symbol for the Romantic artistic era, and served as the model of Sleeping Beauty’s castle of Disneyland fame.

Travels Through Switzerland.4Two famous structures – one large, one small.

Stay tuned to see where we head next!

Karl, Nils, and Sandor

Photo(s) of the day!

Does a collage count as one photo, or four? Either way, here’s a look at Friday’s Open House at igus Headquarters in Cologne, Germany!

Top Left: A donation of 25,000 Euros was made to Tatort-Straßen der Welt, an organization that helps disadvantaged children; Left: Sascha Laufenberg (Former “iglide on tour” driver) with Klaus J. Behrendt and Dietmar Bär (Tatort – Team Cologne);Right – Selfie with Nils, Sandor, Frank Blase (CEO of igus GmbH), Gerhard Baus (General manager of iglide bearings), Felix (Host) and I; Bottom – Panorama with Cologne band Kasalla on stage. 


May I introduce myself?

Hello everyone, and welcome to the beginning of iglide on tour’s journey through Europe.

My name is Karl, and I will be the next driver of iglide on tour on it’s way across Europe. Over the next six months, I will take pictures, record videos, conduct interview, and post all that information back here for you to follow. You will be able to read about the places we discover, and the cultures we experience. Because I have my Master’s Degree in mechatronics, I’ll also take a close look at many technical aspects of the tour and our customer’s applications as well. Our customers and their applications are our major source of innovation, and so I’m curious to get the whole story of how igus parts can solve their problems, and make life easier. Additionally, igus has also developed a number of web tools to simplify the configuration of their products based on real life testing and customer specific requirements.

All in all, I will report on a daily basis from our travels, and I’d love to hear from you as well! Don’t hesitate to leave comments below, or contact me if you have any feedback or want to know something in more detail.

May I introduce myselfThe iglide car, the dry-tech box, and me. We will all get to know each other well over the next six months. 

Yesterday, the iglide car was having routine maintenance done before heading out across Europe, so the dry-tech box and I had a look around Frankfurt.

The Main Tower is one of Germany’s highest skyscrapers, reaching a height of 787 feet, and is used as an office building. 26 elevators take visitors to a platform located 650 feet above the ground at a speed of 15.6 miles per hour, making them the fastest elevators in Germany, and The Main Tower is also Frankfurt’s only skyscraper with a public viewing observator. They dry-tech box made it up to the top, and enjoyed a look over Frankfurt’s financial district.

May I introduce myself2The dry-tech box on top of the Main Tower. It was very cold and windy at 650 feet up! 

At the end of the day, the iglide car was able to leave the service center refreshed and ready to conquer Europe. We are already on the road, with the next stop ahead. Where to next? Find out tomorrow, when I introduce my colleagues tomorrow, and our plan for the tour the day after.

So, let’s join the igus celebration of innovations around the world!