A visit to the Olympic Games 2000 in Australia changed an awful lot. Walter Ruffner, Swiss, owner of a plastics injection moulding company and passionate inventor, couldn't find a single travel adapter in the whole of Sydney despite intensive searching and absolute necessity. He had hardly returned home when he was considering to develop a travel adapter which could be used worldwide.
Using the first production samples of the World Adapter Classic, he visited innumerable trade fairs and was met with a lot of interest, but no clear direction. However, when he met sales professional Sam Gerber at the Orbit in Basle in September 2001, things started happening fast. Sam Gerber and Walter Ruffner spent a long time on the phone the same evening, and two days later they met for their first discussions. Walter Ruffner, responsible for R&D, patents and production brought Christian Schnell and his brother Markus Ruffner in as a second and third founding member for the administration and finance sectors, and as early as February 2002 they founded the WorldConnect AG, which is today the owner of the SKROSS® brand name.
Within a very short time, the World Adapter Classic developed into a worldwide sales hit. Exports into more than 60 countries confirmed that high quality, multifunctional and simultaneously safe and compact travel adapters attract considerable interest all over the world. WorldConnect AG grew to be a company trading around the world and employing staff in different countries. The range of products has been extended continuously. In addition to the World Adapter Classic, other travel adapters which can be used around the world have appeared in addition to country-specific plugs and USB chargers. Also, in 2008, Walter Ruffner had the idea for the first 3-pin, earthed and super-compact World Adapter which was called PRO.