GF is supporting the Swissloop project of the ETH Zurich

May 29, 2017 2:00 PM

The Swissloop team of ETH Zurich is building a transportation pod for the Hyperloop project put forward by Elon Musk. GF Automotive, a division of GF, is supporting the team as main sponsor and developer of lightweight chassis parts.


Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk's Hyperloop concept is aimed at creating a new transportation system capable of transporting passengers and freight in pods at speeds of up to 1200 km/h. SpaceX has launched a global competition for universities intended to drive forward the development of the technology. The Swissloop Team of the ETH Zurich is also taking part.

As main sponsor, GF Automotive supports the team in developing and manufacturing a lightweight aluminum component of the pod's chassis. In August of 2017, an expert jury assembled by SpaceX, will decide who will gain admission to the testing circuit in California. More information on the project is available at

GF Automotive is a technologically pioneering development partner and manufacturer of lightweight cast components and systems made of ductile aluminum, magnesium and iron for the automotive industry as well as for the global industrial and consumer goods markets. The division's highly complex lightweight components contribute to making modern vehicles significantly lighter and reduce CO2 emissions. GF Automotive operates eleven production plants in Germany, Austria, China and the US.

GF comprises three divisions: GF Piping Systems, GF Automotive, and GF Machining Solutions. Founded in 1802, the Corporation is headquartered in Switzerland and is present in 33 countries with 131 companies, 51 of them production facilities. Its approximately 14’800 employees generated sales of CHF 3’744 million in 2016. GF is the preferred partner of its customers for the safe transport of liquids and gases, lightweight casting components in vehicles, and high-precision manufacturing technologies.

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