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Facts about HESS

HESS has stood for a passion for vehicle building since 1882 when Heinrich Hess founded his wheelwright’s and blacksmith’s shop. The company, in family ownership for 5 generations, changed its legal status to a joint stock company in 1948. Together with its international licensees, HESS produces around 2400 buses a year. Our headquarters in Bellach employs around 320 personnel in some 20 professions as well as 24 apprentices. Annual group sales amount to CHF 120 million.

HESS stands for Swiss Quality from A to Z, because HESS only produces in Switzerland. Vehicles with our CO-BOLT® modular system are in use on six continents all over the world.

Did you know that …

  • up to 12 km of cabling is installed in each and every bus?
  • a single bus consists of 4000 to 8000 individual parts and components?
  • Buses using the HESS CO-BOLT® modular system are in operation on 6 continents?
  • HESS formerly produced car bodies too?
  • the Swiss Army has deployed utility vehicles from HESS for decades?
  • the COBUS developed by HESS is used at most airports around the globe?

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