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The flexible igus® factory in Cologne - by Nicholas Grimshaw

Excerpt of architect’s briefing

"In October 1988, igus® acquired a plot sized about 40,000 m2 in the Porz-Lind district of Cologne. This will be the future site of development, production, sales, administration and planning. All activities should have their core here, where igus® will have its headquarters. igus® has made preparations for fast growth, fast change and flexible response in all areas, accompanied by steady consolidation of the enterprise's overall position. Offering the necessary facilities and technology, the new "igus® premises" will also be designed to promote staff performance. The interior and exterior will be designed to reflect the enterprise’s products and key philosophy: innovation - service - reliability, the customer being comparable to a solar system’s centre orbited by all igus® staff and igus® entities dedicated toward solving the customer’s problems." “

Factory design  

Sketch of the architect

Factory model  

Model of the factory

igus® factory  

Ready built buildings

The factory today

The move-in came in 1994.

igus® produces, tests and researches in Cologne on a built area of 90,000 square metres. This includes surrounding buildings, among others, for further production, technical training and a large logistics centre. In the course of the expansion of the factory, we have, together with a consistent lean management, examined all areas: from marketing and administration, research and development, tooling and production, up to warehousing and distribution.
On a 2,750 square metre testing area indoors, igus® operates the largest test laboratory in the industry, with test setups for energy chains, highly flexible cables, plastic bearings as well as plain bearings, ball bearings and linear bearings, lead screw drives, bar stock, piston rings etc. A total of 15,000 tests are carried out annually. 100,000 products can be supplied within 24 hours or on a same day basis.

Factory 2017  
igus® factory  
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