For increased traction

The inventor of automated towing hitches

Be it standard towing hitches or sensor- and remote-controlled comfort couplings, the long-established ROCKINGER brand offers an extremely versatile, high-quality and reliable product portfolio and is regularly named the best brand in the towing hitches sector by end customers. As well as products for road use, ROCKINGER also counts towing hitches for agriculture and forestry among its production portfolio. ROCKINGER has been part of the JOST World since 2001.

Commercial vehicles

ROCKINGER’s product range for road traffic comprises all products which are installed on tractors. Towing hitches connect a trailer and a tractor using a drawbar. The parts are generally installed on a cross member, also known as a traverse. For high-volume vehicles, the towing hitch is installed low down near the tractor axle. A drawbar bracket (side plates and suspension elements) is used in this application. This type of installation requires a remote display and remote control by law. These components are also included in the ROCKINGER product portfolio.

Agriculture and forestry

In 1973, ROCKINGER expanded its product range by adding towing hitches for agriculture and forestry to its production programme. Compared to couplings for road traffic, these tractors do not have a standard interface. A drawbar bracket must be designed for the respective gearbox rear, to which the towing hitch is then attached. The agriculture and forestry sector also differs from road traffic in that non-automatic towing hitches (with insert pins) can be used if the coupling area is visible from the driver’s seat.

Drawbars

In 2004, JOST took over the long-established company Regensburger Zuggabel. The company, formerly known as Grau, has been developing and producing drawbars for nearly 80 years. These products are sold under the ROCKINGER brand today.
Drawbars are the connection between the tractor and the steerable drawbar trailer. They are designed to be mounted on a pivot support and are subject to the highest safety requirements. Drawbars may only be operated with the intended towing hitches that are approved for the respective towing eyes.

 

Since the master smith Johann Rockinger founded the company in 1875, ROCKINGER has played a decisive role in shaping the technical development of trailer couplings, and the brand name has come to stand for the highest product quality in this field.

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1875

Founded by Johann Rockinger.

1927

The "safety coupling for HGVs", the first fully automatic ROCKINGER trailer coupling, is developed.

1973

Trailer couplings for use in agriculture and forestry are incorporated into the range.

1985

Relocation to new premises in North Munich.

1991

Acquisition of ROCKINGER Anhängerkupplungen GmbH Wechmar, then the leading trailer coupling company in Eastern Europe.

2001

Acquisition of ROCKINGER by JOST

ROCKINGER “Best Brand” for the fourteenth time

All good things come in fourteens: Once again, readers voted ROCKINGER as “Best Brand 2018”

ROCKINGER once again took first prize in the “Towing Hitches” category  in  the  “Best  Brand  2018”  reader’s  poll  conducted  by  the  ETM publishing  house.  This  honour  means  that  ROCKINGER  brand  has been recognised for the high quality, user-friendliness of its products and its excellent service for the 14th time in a row.

Press report

Lars Brorsen, CEO JOST-Werke GmbH
Lars Brorsen, Chairman of the Executive Board of the JOST Group, is delighted to receive the "Best Brand 2018" award for ROCKINGER.