Günter Blase began igus® back on 15th October 1964 in a double garage in Cologne. For the first 20 years, the company worked as a supplier of complex technical polymer components. However, in 1983 Frank Blase established reinforced plastic Energy Chain Systems® and injection molded polymer bearings as two distinct product groups and set up a network of sales engineers. These seemingly unrelated products are linked together through the belief in making functionally advanced, yet affordable polymer components and assemblies. Between 1985 and 2016, igus® grew from 40 to more than 2,950 employees distributed between the head office in Germany and 35 subsidiary companies around the world. igus® also has representative partners in more than 35 other countries. igus® will continue to invest in expansion in the coming years, thanks to the opportunities for growth provided by modern materials.
The mission of igus® is to use its innovative polymer materials to develop products that provide creative solutions and exceed our customers’ expectations while delivering fast, accurate service.
Ownership: privately held
Founded in 1985
Currently 248 employees – North America
Founded in 1964
Locations in 35 countries and partners in another 80 countries
Currently approx. 2,950 employees
Test between 1,500 and 2,500 new products every year
157,500 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and distribution facility
Complete inventory of 28,000 different igus® components
High velocity assembly / packaging of energy chain and iglide® products.
Advanced harnessing operation with full testing capabilities for ReadyChain® systems.
Domestic manufacturing of select energy chain components, custom cables, custom and standard metal brackets and adapter plates.
ISO 9001:2008 certified.
On – site technical support in 24 – 48 hours anywhere in N. America
Extensive coverage of N. America with Technical Sales Associates located in 21 U.S. states, 1 Mexican state, and 2 Canadian Provinces.
8am – 8pm customer service and late shipping
Account management specialists provided for many customers
No minimum orders or cut charges
CAD design provided with quotations free of charge
98% orders shipped within 36 hours, same day shipping available
Complete guarantee for ReadyChain® systems
Kanban inventory of ReadyChains® available with electronic signaling system
Consignment inventory plans possible
igus® has sales and service offices in 50 North American locations.