Over the course of its history, a number of constants have helped Helvetia to preserve its identity and success despite an environment of continual change. It has done so by always striving to ensure a good balance between security and entrepreneurial freedom, a fact that is reflected today in its risk management activities. This has allowed Helvetia to maintain its good reputation throughout its history.
Helvetia's anniversary publication to mark its 150th anniversary in 2008 contains articles, interviews and thoughts that cover a long period of time. It carries an overview of the most important periods in the history of the company, and discusses key events of the past 25 years, such as the end of the twin structure, the introduction of new business lines, the partnership and merger with Patria, and the foundation of the "new" Helvetia Group.
Launch of the new brand campaign.
Conclusion of the large-scale project for construction site insurance for the Gotthard Base Tunnel.
The merger of Helvetia and Nationale Suisse announced on 7 July 2014 is completed. On 30 April 2015, the Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd merged with Helvetia Swiss Insurance Company Ltd.
Acquisition of the Swiss insurance companies «Alba Allgemeine Versicherungs-Gesellschaft AG» (Alba) as well as «Phenix Versicherungsgesellschaft AG» and «Phenix Lebensversicherungsgesellschaft AG» (Phenix).
Legal merger with Alba Allgemeine Versicherungs-Gesellschaft AG (Alba), Phenix Versicherungsgesellschaft AG and Phenix Lebensversicherungsgesellschaft AG (Phenix). Sale of the Alba/Phenix portfolio of health/accident insurance services to the two insurance companies innova and Solida.
Acquisition of the French transport insurance portfolio of Gan Eurocourtage. Purchase of a package of shares in Nationale Suisse from Basler Kantonalbank. Acquisition of the portfolio of SEV Versicherungen Genossenschaft and its approximately 15,000 insured persons. Acquisition of a majority stake in Chiara Assicurazioni and an increase in the shareholding in Chiara Vita from 70 to 100 per cent. Renewal of the distribution agreement with Banco di Desio regarding the sale of life insurance.
Completion of the majority takeover of Chiara Assicurazioni. Renewal of the partnership with Bank Vontobel. Increase of the share in Nationale Suisse to 17.7 per cent.
Purchase of Basel Versicherungen Ltd in Austria. Helvetia thus joins the top ten Austrian insurance companies. Takeover of Nationale Suisse. A strong new Swiss insurance group develops under the brand name Helvetia.
Acquisition of Previsión Española, Seville.
Acquisition of Norwich Union Vita, Milan; name change to Helvetia Life; in Germany foundation of Helvetia e.com (now Helvetia Leben Maklerservice GmbH).
Acquisition of the transport insurance business of the British firm «Royal & Sun Alliance» in France.
Merger of the two Spanish companies Helvetia CVN and Previsión Española to form Helvetia Previsión based in Seville.
Acquisition of two transport insurance portfolios in France.
Merger of the Italian companies Helvetia Vita and Helvetia Life to form Helvetia Vita based in Milan; acquisition of the insurance portfolio of «Sofi d Vita» in Italy.
The Helvetia Patria Group changes its name to Helvetia.
Helvetia celebrates its 150-year jubilee; takeover of Padana Assicurazioni S.p.A. and Chiara Vita S.p.A. and conclusion of a sales agreement with Banco di Desio e della Brianza.
Helvetia acquires French transport insurer L’Européenne d’Assurance Transport (CEAT).
Other important milestones in history: Extensive decoding of the human genome
Resumption of Helvetia’s business activity in the former East Germany.
Beginning of the partnership between Helvetia and Patria.
Helvetia owns 99.9% of the shares in «Anker»; in France it focuses on the transport insurance business.
Joint executive management of Helvetia and Patria.
Helvetia sells the Dutch business.
Foundation of Helvetia Patria Holding; cooperation agreement with the Vontobel Bank Group.
Sale of the Greek business.
Acquisition of «La Vasco Navarra», Pamplona (Spain); acquisition of the portfolio of NCD (Italy).
Cooperation agreement with the Swiss Raiffeisen Group; merger of both the Spanish companies Cervantes and La Vasco Navarra to form Helvetia CVN; sale of the Canadian business.
Other important milestones in history: CD-ROM I World Wide Web I notebook I cloning of animals I Digital Video Disc
Patria acquires «Hamburger Leben» in Germany.
Helvetia Feuer acquires Cervantes and sells Uranus S.A.
Foundation of Helvetia Life Germany, Frankfurt am Main, and Helvetia Vita in Milan.
Dissolution of the merger of Helvetia Feuer and Helvetia Unfall; Helvetia Feuer becomes Helvetia.
Foundation of Helvetia International in Frankfurt am Main; beginning of the collaboration with Helvetia Health Insurance (now Helsana).
Other important milestones in history: Personal computer I Internet I wind turbines I Local Area Network LAN I Compact Disc I Post-it I mouse and menu controls I mobile phone
Helvetia Feuer sells its shares in Assurances Françaises. Patria enters the non-life business with the establishment of «Patria General».
Helvetia Feuer and Helvetia Allgemeine merge into Helvetia Feuer.
Other important milestones in history: Diskette I micro-processor I airbag I Video Home System (VHS)
Helvetia Feuer acquires shares in Assurances Françaises in Lyon.
Helvetia Feuer acquires shares in Anker.
Merger of Helvetia Feuer and Helvetia Unfall (twin shares); Helvetia Feuer pulls out of the USA business.
Other important milestones in history: Laser I contraceptive pill I computer mouse I ATM I quartz watch
In Germany, Helvetia Feuer also offers liability, accident and vehicle insurance in addition to property insurance plans. In the Netherlands, it acquires «Het Hollandsche Kruis N. V. Verzekering Maatschappij», Den Haag.
Helvetia acquires shares in Previsión Española. In Italy, the business is expanded to incorporate accident, liability and automobile insurance.
Other important milestones in history: Scanner I credit card I programming language I nuclear power I transistor radio I solar cell I microchip
Helvetia Feuer is licensed for reinsurance in all sectors.
Helvetia Feuer acquires the Antwerp-based insurance company «Uranus S.A.» in Belgium. Relocation of the German headquarters from Berlin to Frankfurt am Main.
Helvetia Feuer begins operating in the property sectors in Italy.
Helvetia Allgemeine acquires a majority in «Les Assurances Françaises» in Lyon.
Other important milestones in history: Radar device I atom bomb I computer I transistor I barcode
Foundation of «Cervantes» in Madrid.
Helvetia Feuer forms the management unit for Germany in Berlin; initiation of operations in Canada.
Other important milestones in history: Electron microscope I neon light I ballpoint pen I photocopier I helicopter I jet engine
Helvetia Feuer begins operating in France (Paris); Anker launches property insurance plans.
Other important milestones in history: Electric typewriter I facsimile I audiotape I television
Schweizerische Sterbe- und Alters-Kasse is renamed «Patria, Schweizerische Lebensversicherungsgesellschaft auf Gegenseitigkeit».
Fall of the monarchy in Austria means Anker must pull out of some areas of business.
Other important milestones in history: Illuminated advertising I neon light I superconductor I conveyor belt
Foundation of «La Vasco Navarra» in Pamplona, Spain.
Other important milestones in history: Radio I zeppelin I paper clip I spark plug I powered aircraft
«Schweizerische Sterbe- und Alters-Kasse» merges with the Bernese cantonal «Sterbe- und Alterskasse».
Helvetia Feuer begins operating in New York, USA.
Other important milestones in history: Pneumatic tyres I radio technology I X-ray technology I diesel engine I glider
«Basler Sterbe- und Alters-Kasse» is renamed «Schweizerische Sterbe- und Alters-Kasse».
Foundation of «Previsión Española» in Seville, Spain.
Other important milestones in history: bulb I punch card counting I motorbike I video camera I steam turbine I gas light I automobile
Helvetia Feuer opens subsidiary in California, USA.
Foundation of «Basler Sterbe- und Alters-Kasse» in Basel.
Other important milestones in history: Four-stroke engine I electric locomotive
Foundation of Helvetia Schweizerische Feuerversicherungsgesellschaft in St. Gallen.
Helvetia Feuer begins operations in Germany (Bremen and Hamburg).
First dedicated Helvetia Feuer branch (Karlsruhe), Anker opens tenth branch (Salzburg) and first representation outside of the Austrian Empire.
Anker launches accident insurance and transfers headquarters to Vienna’s «Hoher Markt».
Other important milestones in history: Fire extinguisher I typewriter I generator I dynamite
Foundation of Allgemeine Versicherungsgesellschaft Helvetia in St. Gallen.
Foundation of «Der Anker» life insurance and pension fund company in Vienna.
Other important milestones in history: Airship I phone