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50 years of igus® – 50 years motion plastics

High-performance motion plastics

What started in 1964 in a Cologne backyard with a single injection-molder has 50 years later become a specialist for motion plastics worldwide. Today, igus® is the world’s market leader for plastic bearings and energy chains with branch offices in 35 countries.

The Blase family in front of the garage where the igus® story began
Current view of the flexible igus® factory, Cologne, Germany The flexible igus® factory in Cologne - by Nicholas Grimshaw

iglide® on Tour

igus® demonstrates the performance capabilities of tribo-optimized plastics with its "iglide® on tour" trip around the world. A compact car with 56 plain bearings on board is stepping up to the challenge and shows customers world-wide the options with Motion Plastics®…

114 new products presented during the anniversary year

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, igus® demonstrated its capabilities for innovation with the release of the world’s first tribo-filament for 3D printers, the affordable and flexible robolink® D, and the readychain® Speed pre-harnessed, clip-on cable carriers.

New Product tour with Artur Peplinski, Head of International Group Development & Marketing


vector award

Modern plastic energy supply chains are the lifeline of mechanical engineering and automation. The vector award would like to distinguish daring applications in energy supply. These can be implemented with versatile energy chains and cables.

manus® award

The competition recognizes bold applications with plastic plain bearings that stand out based on their technical and economic efficiency and creativity. manus® symbolizes the courage and drive to explore new ways in bearing technology.

50 years of igus® / 43 years of e-chains®

the-chain ... moving energy made easy - 50 years of igus® / 43 years of e-chains®.

50 years of igus® / 30 years of iglide®

From the simple plastic bearing to high-tech machine element - 50 years of igus® / 30 years of iglide®.