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About igus

igus is a manufacturer of high-performance polymers for movement based in Cologne, Germany. We have been developing and producing motion plastics – innovative products made of lubrication-free plastics – since 1964. They include energy chains, cables, plain bearings, lead screw technology, robots, and intelligent sensors that help our customers improve their technology and cut costs. Most products are manufactured with the injection moulding process, which is where the company gets its name: igus = "Industriespritzguss" (industrial injection moulding).

Our goals

Improve what moves

The world of motion plastics

The world is moving constantly. And where something moves, that's where we come in and offer our customers technical innovations: improve what moves!

This is the guiding principle that drives our manufacturing efforts. By developing products made of low-wear, high-performance polymers, we improve movement all over the world - with products made in Germany. Our motion plastics are products from the areas of energy supply systems, cables, bearing technology, linear technology, bar stock, 3D printing, Low Cost Automation and smart plastics.
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Improved applications thanks to motion plastics

Movement is everywhere. We see this every day when we are allowed to accompany our customers in exciting projects. Today we serve 188,000 companies from over 80 countries around the world and from over 50 different industries.

In the automotive or packaging industry, railway or agricultural technology, in machine tool construction or in the field of renewable energies, we improve what moves. Together we strive for the best solution for every application.
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THE motion plastics advantage: long service life

Our products made from high-performance plastics offer you one major advantage - a long service life. For you, this means that with our motion plastics you can utilise your machines and applications for longer and reduce maintenance and costs.

To do this, we test our products extensively in our test laboratory and provide you with the data so that you can calculate the service life for your specific product in advance. So you can be sure that our motion plastics deliver what they promise!
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Zero plastic waste

How sustainable are motion plastics?

As a plastics processing company, we see it as our duty to use resources sustainably and to protect the environment. Our motion plastics can make an important contribution to this - during their production, in use and at the end of their service life.

Two topics in particular are very important to us: CO2 neutrality, i.e. the direct influence on the climate, and zero plastic waste, the recyclability of our products.
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Recycling plastics and more

Recycling plays an important role in our goal of zero plastic waste, which we pursue with various measures. Technical and industrial plastics can be recycled via our chainge recycling platform and recyclates can also be bought and sold. We offer bicycles and bicycle components made from recycled plastic on our igus:bike platform. We are promoting the new HydroPRS technology, which enables the chemical recycling of plastic. Our trainee company reguse is dedicated to recycling discarded electrical appliances. And of course we also offer various products made from recycled materials.
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Easiest company to deal with

Engineering excellence is child's play - with motion plastics and igus enjoyneering

Develop and design machines and systems with ease. With joy and fun at work. In a collaborative process that develops and expands creativity and technical know-how. In short: Tech up made easy - that's what enjoyneering stands for! We presented this concept at the Hannover Messe 2023, which includes real innovations and digital revolutions related to our motion plastics. The enjoyneering should enable engineers and technicians to unleash their technical potential with playful ease and to break new ground in problem solving, for example with the iguverse.
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Support around the globe

igus worldwide The motion plastics products from igus are made in Germany, but we have 188,000 customers not only in Germany, but at many locations worldwide. We are represented in over 80 countries and have factories in 15 of them; there are 30 igus subsidiaries and many other sales partners. That's how we can provide you with advice and support on site wherever you are.

Fast and reliable delivery

At igus we offer you everything from a single source. That's 243,000 products in over 1,000,000 variations from stock. We can get these ready to ship and deliver them within a very short time - and if things have to be done very quickly, we will find a solution together.

igus is an award-winning company

igus awards Over the course of many years, we have had the honour of receiving a number of awards and prizes. After all, this rewards the performance of our employees and products. We are particularly proud, for example, of our nomination as a Hidden Champion, of the NRW Business Award, of our recognition as a family-friendly company and of the iF design awards.

What we stand for and how we interact

The igus solar system

Our solar system is at the heart of our culture. No, we're not talking about the planetary system here. The igus solar system is an organisational chart that reflects our thoughts and actions. In the middle is the customer, who is as important to us as the sun is to the earth, which provides light, heat and energy - just as the customer gives us wishes, incentives, money. Our colleagues and teams live and create around the customer, who take up their requirements and find the right solutions to their problems, often innovations.The success of our employees then comes from the success of our customers. As a company, it is our job to create an atmosphere for our colleagues in which they can work with pleasure and in the best possible way.

Going into the future with curiosity

Research on 3,800 m2 floor space, an open ear for customer ideas, new products every year at our in-house trade show IMPS and at many trade shows worldwide ... all this means innovation for us. We want to find new solutions with our customers and implement them quickly in order to improve technology and reduce costs.

We keep an eye not only on the current problems, but also on the challenges of the future. Digitalisation, for example, pervades all igus structures and is closely intertwined with innovation.

Become an igus partner

We are always looking for new partners who want to work with us in the long term and grow with us - whether as a supplier or a dealer. Of course, the customer is the focus of our efforts, for whom we strive together to find the best solution.

Diversity Charter signed by igus

We value diversity and tolerance

igus has officially signed the "Diversity Charter". This sends a clear signal in favour of diversity and tolerance in the workplace. We commit ourselves, our employees, and our partners to respectful, appreciative, unprejudiced cooperation. 

igus 2023: facts & figures

igus sales

€1.115 billion

igus employees worldwide


Employees worldwide
igus locations and distributors


Locations and 50 distributors: represented in over 80 countries
igus customers


igus parts


Products from stock
igus injection moulding machines


Injection moulding machines
FoundedOctober 15, 1964 by Margret and Günter Blase in Cologne (Mülheim); 100% family owned
From a backyard in Cologne out into the world – more about the history of igus
CEOFrank Blase, CEO New Businesses & Operations
Michael Blaß, CEO e-chain systems
Artur Peplinski, CEO igus international
Dr Thilo Schultes, CEO Fast Growing Business Units
Tobias Vogel, CEO Bearings & Linear Technology
Largest test laboratory in the industryTotal area: 3,800 m²; Tests/year: 15,000
CertificateQuality and environmental management
DIN EN ISO 9001, IATF 16949, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 50001:2018
Other certificates and seals of approval

The terms "igus", "Apiro", "chainflex", "CFRIP", "conprotect", "CTD", "drylin", "dry-tech", "dryspin", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-skin", "e-spool", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "igutex", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "readychain", "readycable", "ReBeL", "speedigus", "triflex", "robolink", "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, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH