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Covid-19: Preventive measures in Cologne headquarters

With a few exceptions, all igus motion plastics are manufactured at the headquarters in Cologne. Production here is currently running at full capacity and so far we have had very few breakdowns in ​the supply chain, as we have been implementing the two-supplier strategy for years without exceptions.
We have implemented over 250 preventive measures at the Cologne production site since February 2020, both those prescribed by the authorities and those that go beyond them. We offer, for example, free rapid tests to our visitors and have installed a drive-in for customers collecting on our premises and a vaccination centre for our employees.

igus employees and visitors wore masks at Motek trade fair in 2021

Stricter hygiene measures at in-person trade fairs

Due to the increased Corona situation in November 2021, we have tightened our hygiene measures for in-person trade fairs:

  • For all employees at our trade fair stands (igus stand personnel and external service providers), the 3G Plus regulation applies.
  • All employees at our trade fair stand wear medical masks. We also recommend this to everyone who visits our trade fair stand.
  • In addition, only employees vital to the trade fair will be present at the stand.
  • Samples and frequently used items are disinfected at short intervals.
  • Beverages will only be served from bottles, food will not be available for self-service.

All interested parties who cannot come to an in-person trade fair have the opportunity to have igus experts present all the news at our virtual trade fair stand.

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Rapid corona test

3G regulation for all new visitors

Whether they are customers, job applicants, suppliers or technicians who come to carry out necessary work or install new equipment, all new visitors who enter our halls must comply with the 3G regulation, i.e. they must be vaccinated, recovered or able to present a negative corona test result. Anyone who needs to be tested can do so for free in our own rapid test centre on the igus premises. The result will be available after ten minutes. 

Vaccination centre igus Cologne

Vaccinations for igus employees

On 11th June 2021, the vaccination centre began work after weeks of intensive preparation. Under the general management of HR, many helping hands from maintenance, facility management, IT, trade show construction and communication created a vaccination centre. They used a building that was bought last year and had not been used for a long time, with an impressive result. A female and a male doctor were signed on specially. They were able to start with the first employees from igus production, as they can only work on site without any possibility of reverting to the home office. Basically, all employees at igus can register for a vaccination. Appointments will be allocated in the next few weeks depending on the availability of the vaccine.

Automatic temperature and mask control

Automatic temperature and mask control

We have installed a system at both main entrances that automatically measures the body temperature and the correct fit of the protective mask of all people entering. A light immediately shows the result in green or red. In addition, employees are available for further instructions should it light up red due to increased temperature, missing or incorrectly fitted mask.

This is how the automatic mask dispenser works

Self-designed automatic dispenser distributes masks without contact

In February 2021, the first automatic mask dispenser for employees and customers was added at the main entrance to the company's headquarters in Cologne. Colleagues from the Low Cost Automation team and trade fair developments have joined forces and built a dispenser that gives out a medical masks without contact (simply hold up an employee chip). Of course, it consists entirely of components from igus: a drylin delta robot, an igus robot control unit, a drylin E D1 motor control system, motor-driven drylin linear axes and chainflex cables. A good example of possible applications in the field of automation and of the practical innovative spirit of our colleagues.

UV room air filter in canteen and rapid test centre

Additionally protected with UVC air filters

We have installed indoor air filters in our main canteen, the corona rapid test centre and in parts of the factory. The tubes, which have been attached at ceiling height, absorb the air and free it from possible (corona) viruses and bacteria via UVC radiation.

Contactless collection in Cologne

Drive-in for contactless collection

New service "motion plastics to go" 

Order products and collect them yourself immediately from igus: our customers can use this new delivery option, as of now, to obtain required plastic components even faster.

On the igus premises in Cologne Porz-Lind, self-collectors can stop at a specified point in front of the main building after receiving a collection confirmation via mail. There, they check in over an intercom, and an igus employee will load the ordered motion plastics directly into the boot of the car. The service is completely contact-free and adheres to the distance and hygiene regulations. 

Measures November 2020

Additional measures from November 2020 onwards

Due to the rapidly increasing infection numbers, we are intensifying our already comprehensive measures again:

  • re-opening of additional canteens on company grounds in order to reduce the density of people during meal times. 
  • Additional partitioning of seats with sheets of Plexiglas.
  • The incoming goods section is being moved outdoors so that suppliers no longer have to enter the building.
  • Job applicant interviews and open-house days are now only taking place virtually. They are only possible in person, if proof of a negative corona test result is provided.

Covid-19 tests for people returning from holiday

Free Covid-19 tests for all holiday returnees at igus

Since 13th July, we have been offering all employees who return from holiday and physically resume work on site, the opportunity to be tested for the coronavirus free of charge.

The test is carried out in co-operation with the renowned Quade laboratory in Cologne. The tests are offered once a week at the igus premises, and all week at the laboratory in downtown Cologne.

Field service with strict hygiene regulations

Hygiene requirements for our field service

Since 11.5.2020, our field service has again been allowed to visit customers under strict hygiene conditions.

Customer visits will only take place if a written invitation has been issued.

During the visit, the sales staff always keep the required minimum distance, have washed and disinfected their hands thoroughly before the appointment and wear a mouth guard.

All sales representatives were equipped with disinfectant and face masks.

Face Shields from Cologne

Donation: 100.000 headbands for Face Shields

Thanks to injection moulding, large quantities can be produced quickly and thus speed up help for doctors and nurses

We manufacture components for the so-called "face shields" by injection molding from recycled iglidur A200 material.

Dr. Thilo Schultes heads our tool shop and says: "With a corresponding tool, over 10,000 headshields can be produced and delivered per week in the Cologne factory. This enables us to mass produce the headbands quickly and at significantly reduced costs".

We have made the corresponding tool at our own expense. The first 100,000 headbands are available free of charge, afterwards they are available at manufacturer's costs. If we achieve net proceeds, we will donate these.


Hand disinfection

Hand disinfection

Hand disinfectant dispensers are installed at all entrances, sanitary facilities, in the canteen areas and at many other places throughout the company site.

In addition, the cleaning intervals for all neuralgic surfaces such as door and window handles, handrails, table surfaces, sanitary facilities etc. have been massively increased.

At the main entrance, small bottles of hand disinfectant can be taken along "for your pocket".

Temperature measuring and face masks at the entrance

Temperature measuring and face masks

Since March 2020, the temperature of all employees is measured every day at the entrances. In addition, people are provided with mouth-nose masks. We strongly recommend everyone to wear them to prevent the spreading of viruses as far as possible.

Where possible, all doors in the building are open to avoid contact with door handles. The electronic time clocks have also been adjusted so that they work without contact.

To limit the number of people who enter the company building, we are not meeting any customers, applicants or other external people until further notice.

Employee information

Employee information

There are posters with hygiene rules all over the company site. These include regular hand washing and disinfection, sneezing and coughing labels, no hands initiative, but also things like healthy eating, lots of exercise in the fresh air, warm clothing etc.
In addition, there is information on how to recognise Covid-19 symptoms and how to act accordingly.
This information has also been sent by e-mail and there is a separate blog in the employee portal.
Furthermore, all doors that are not allowed to be open are marked with a sign indicating how to open them easily with your elbow.

Distance rules

Distance rules

In order to visually remind people of the applicable distance rule of 2 metres, appropriate floor markings are applied in all areas where increased passenger traffic is possible.
These areas include, for example, the canteens, paths to the changing rooms, the reception or the areas in front of the time clocks

Factory view

Staff density in production

In order to prevent the transmission of viruses as much as possible, the staff density was drastically reduced. In production, a 3-shift system was activated in order to equalize the personnel density.
In addition, care is taken to ensure that work is carried out as far apart as possible, at least 2 metres.
Absolutely necessary meetings are held with the minimum number of people and in compliance with the prescribed distances or, if possible, digitally.

igus employees in the home office

Staff density in sales and administration

All employees, who do not necessarily have to be on site, have been working in the home office since 13.03.2020. The few employees who work on site therefore have a great amount of distance between them.
All employees in the home office have complete remote access and redirected telephones for full accessibility.

With tools such as Microsoft Teams, customers can continue to receive full advice in virtual visits.​

Internal meetings are also exclusively digital.



Even in the current situation we want to provide our employees with the best possible catering. In order to offer maximum safety, 5 new, additional canteens were built in one week.
There are no more self-service counters and beverage stations. The overlapping shifts of canteen staff have been suspended.
In addition, we have completely dispensed with cash and now offer all meals free of charge in addition to breakfast and lunch, which were already free of charge before.

igus factory frontal

What else do we do for the people at igus?

Employees who, due to the current situation, have had to cancel holidays that have already been booked can carry over their holidays until the end of 2021.

The working hours have been designed to be as flexible as possible to allow for childcare.

How is the situation at igus?​

CEO Frank Blase described the situation on 31.3.2020 in this video.

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