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Company history

From a back yard in Cologne out into the world</2>

The beginnings

When Günter Blase entered the plastics industry in 1955, he discovered the potential of plastics. And the opportunity to help designers make their designs better, simpler and safer. The first years after the foundation of igus in 1964 were not easy but the customers trusted him. Having the best solution for the customer as the priority brings success and is the guiding principle for all igus employees to this day.

igus today


  • Sales 2020: 727 million EUR
  • Employees worldwide: 4,257, of which approx. 50% are based in Cologne
  • Subsidiaries: 31
  • Sales partners: 47 in 52 countries
  • Investment in R+D & Digitisation: 51.7 million EUR
  • Products: More than 234,000 parts from stock in the areas of energy chains, cables, plain bearings, linear technology, bar stock, 3D printing as well as low cost automation
  • Patents: 1,422 patents and 238 utility models
  • igus customers: over 200,000 worldwide from 50 industries
  • Test laboratory: the largest in the sector,  3,800 m2 with over 15,000 tests carried out per year

Our three main promises to customers

  • Service life up -  Costs down.  At least one of these is always true for our products, otherwise we stop selling them.
  • The service life of our products can be calculated online easily and free of charge.
  • Fast delivery in as little as 24 hours.

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The terms "igus", "Apiro", "CFRIP", "chainflex", "conprotect", "CTD", "drygear", "drylin", "dryspin", "dry-tech", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-loop", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-spool", "e-skin", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "plastics for longer life", "print2mold", "readycable", "readychain", "ReBeL", "robolink", "speedigus", "tribofilament", "triflex", "xirodur" and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany, and, where applicable, in some foreign countries.
igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsubishi, NUM, Parker, Bosh Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mentioned on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH.