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Tech up and cost down - with high-performance plastics

The benefits of our products are as individual as your requirements. But they all have one thing in common, whether bearing technology, energy supply systems, Low Cost Automation, 3D printing or smart plastics: they should bring the Tech up and Cost down! For this purpose, we develop motion plastics with high-performance plastics that offer you the following advantages:
  • Long service life
  • No additional lubrication necessary
  • Up to 70% lighter than metal products
  • Resistant to dirt, chemicals and corrosion
  • Insensitive to heat and cold
All motion plastics can be found here
The prediction of the service life of our products and the free online tools with which e.g. you can calculate the service life. Where did we get the data? From our test laboratory, which is unique in the industry with a floor size of 3,800m² and over 15,000 annual tests. And from our customers, who give us valuable information for development with their requirements and feedback. In addition, a growing number of our products are available as smart plastics, where the material condition can be monitored and a possible replacement can be reported in good time.

Bearing technology - lubrication-free and durable

Our materials and technology designs are diverse: high temperature, food grade, high load, UV and chemical resistant, plain bearings, linear technology, self-aligning bearings, gears, lead screws, 3D printing, automation and more. The core of our developments is friction optimisation. All material mixtures are improved with filler and solid lubricants so that low friction values are achieved and no external lubrication is necessary. There are no lubrication intervals or maintenance interruptions. Our technology runs trouble-free for as long as the conditions allow. And since our materials are tailored to many conditions, this can be a very long time compared to other materials.
dry-tech compared to metal products

Bearing technology from igus is

  • Lubrication-free 
  • Corrosion-free 
  • Lightweight 
  • Easily configured and ordered 

Bearing technology from igus can

  • Cost down 
  • Be a technical improvement 
  • Service life calculation 
  • Individually projected 

Energy supply - reliable combination of chain and cable

The best bearing technology cannot show what added value it brings if the machine does not run at all - because it does not get any energy. Data cables, power cables and cables with media are neuralgic points of a machine, the cause of a failure can often be found here. Our energy chains and the cables optimised for movement have been developed to prevent failures and enable long service life. They are available as complete ready-to-install systems or as single parts.
Energy chain and chainflex compared to competing products

Energy supply systems from igus are

  • Easily installed
  • Space-saving installation
  • Quiet operation
  • Robust in wind, weather, dirt and chemicals
  • Quickly retrofitted with individual cables

Energy supply systems from igus can

  • Cost down 
  • Be a technical improvement 
  • Service life calculation along with up to 36 months guarantee
  • Be configured individually worldwide 
  • Guide energy, data, air and media in parallel

Low Cost Automation

Low Cost Automation

Automate small and large applications in the service sector or large-scale industry, as simply and cost-effectively as possible. This was the idea behind our Low Cost Automation. Articulated arm robots, delta robots for pick & place applications, and linear robots with flexible, modular deployment are to allow entry into the automated factory.

More about Low Cost Automation
3D printing

3D printing

Print convincing 3D models quickly: With this goal in mind, we not only developed our own 3D print filaments made of abrasion-resistant plastics. We also support the design of 3D printers with compact, durable energy chains and linear plain bearing technology that requires no lubrication or maintenance. They are complemented by our online 3D printing service.
More information about 3D printing
smart plastics

smart plastics

Equipping products such as energy chains, cables, and bearing technology with sensors enhances system planning reliability. We call these intelligent products "smart plastics". With condition monitoring or predictive maintenance recommendations, these digitalised products avoid expensive application failures, saving time and money.
More about smart plastics

User reports on our products

More information about our plastics

Successfully in use

In more than 80 countries and more than 50 industries, motion plastics make our customers' everyday life easier and improve their applications.


During production, in use and at the end of their service life: How sustainable are our high-performance plastics?

Online tools

Finding suitable products, configuring them, simulating them and making them intelligent, as well as calculating their service life.

Large test laboratory

Our products undergo more than 15,000 tests a year on 3,800m2 - in the largest test laboratory in the industry. Also your individual application.

Certificates & approvals

igus is audited and certified every year. This is how we ensure that each of our products meets our high quality standards.

Shipping & delivery times

243,000 products from stock, ready to ship within 24 hours. Order with no minimum order quantity and without minimum order value.

manus award

Every second year, we honour our customers' most innovative applications of plastic plain bearings.

vector award

Also every two years, we honour our customers' particularly daring energy supply solutions. 

Awards for our products

The terms "igus", "Apiro", "CFRIP", "chainflex", "conprotect", "CTD", "drygear", "drylin", "dryspin", "dry-tech", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-loop", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-spool", "e-skin", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "plastics for longer life", "print2mold", "readycable", "readychain", "ReBeL", "robolink", "speedigus", "tribofilament", "triflex", "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, Bosh Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mentioned on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH.