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igus® - improve motion

More than five decades of experience with motion plastics®

Our world has been in motion since the beginning of time. Technical progress is making our machines faster and faster and their movements more and more precise. This creates new challenges with regard to the machine components. As early as 1964, Günter Blase, who established igus, had the idea of developing motion products made of low-wear high-performance polymers. motion plastics is what they are called today. motion plastics products bring about improvements from environmental points of view as well. The life cycle assessment of the plastics produced is good. In the manufacturing process, 50 % less mineral oil is used than for similar products made of steel and 70 % less than those made of aluminium. Given the 54.4 billion tons of lubricant that finds its way into the environment every year, lubrication-free polymers from igus make a further contribution to protection of the environment.

Günter Blase at his desk

How everything began

"Give me your most difficult part and I will find a solution", said Günter Blase to his very first customer. This promise became the company's maxim and has been an important part of igus ever since.

igus solar system

Agile from the very beginning

The igus solar system with the customer at its centre is firmly rooted in the philosophy of our company. It influences our values and how we act.  

Excavator with igus components

Problem solvers in more than 50 industries

In 72 countries and more than 50 industries, motion plastics make our customers everyday life easier and improve their applications. Customers include globally successful corporations as well as small companies.

igus test laboratory for energy supply systems

motion plastics is the technology

More than five decades of research in motion plastics in the industry's largest laboratory have led to highly durable materials that fulfil our promise: "Cost down, service life up".

Tom Krause stands in front of an SLS 3D printer

Innovation comes from people

igus employees are always ready to listen to the ideas and suggestions of their customers. This is how some of our most successful innovations came about. They currently include the first intelligent plain bearing and a robot arm made of plastic.

Man works with tablet on the train and animates robot arm

igus digital

Free igus online tools are available round the clock and make it very easy to configure and simulate the company's products. Intelligent products, so-called smart plastics, announce their need for maintenance.

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Sunny yellow, open and flexible

The customer as the centre of the igus solar system: the architecture of our headquarters in Cologne, designed by Nicholas Grimshaw, also follows this guiding principle.

iform toolmaking: automation area

In-house toolmaking

From development, production and sampling to quality control using CT scan: the production of our injection moulding tools is completely undertaken by us.

Our contributions to sustainability

Our light and lubrication-free polymer products offer many possibilities for acting in a way that saves resources and is cost-effective. We are continuously looking for better solutions, materials and product properties. But apart from our products there are still many things that we can do to protect our environment and contribute to sustainability. That is why we take back old plastic energy chains, irrespective of their manufacturer, and recycle them. Looking ahead, we are investing in a start-up that has developed a technology for recycling plastic waste into mineral oil.

Plant in soil

Become part of our team!

igus is an owner-run company with headquarters in Cologne-Porz and subsidiaries all over the world. We are always on the lookout for new staff who are willing to learn, are able to think independently and also ask the right questions. Become part of a dedicated team that tries to find the best solution for the customer, where the members of the team work together with clarity, openness and honesty.

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Learn all about professional energy supply, cables, Low Cost Automation and bearings, as well as linear technology and 3D printing directly from our experts with extensive know-how relating to our products and branches of industry. Have a look, and be inspired!


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