IBAK - Facts & Figures
IBAK, founded as "Ingenieurbüro Atlas Kiel" by engineer Helmut Hunger, is today the biggest manufacturer of CCTV systems for the inspection of non-man-size pipelines and wells.
For more than 60 years, customers all over the world have benefited from the great experience of this company with tradition.
IBAK designs and manufactures modular TV inspection systems with features which are unique in terms of function and technology. The great variety of products ranges from miniature electronic circuit boards, housings machined from solid materials for camera systems, equipment for pipe cleaning and leak testing, special lens systems of our own design through to complex software for data analysis and documentation. With the possible installation of the equipment in inspection vehicles of all kinds and with our after-sales service, we can offer you all services from a single company.
Company History ...
When the Atlas-Werke AG, Bremen closed their branch office in Kiel at the end of the Second World War because it looked as if all shipbuilding activities had come to an end, the engineer Mr Helmut Hunger, who had managed the branch office until then, set up his own company under the name "Ingenieur Büro Atlas, Kiel" on the 3rd floor of the house Lerchenstraße 2 on the 29th September 1945.
The Atlas-Werke transferred reponsibility for sales and after-sales service of electromedical equipment and echo sounding systems to him and gradually the company built up its own supplementary production of small electromedical devices. In April 1946 the business moved to larger premises in a former prison in Hopfenstrasse 17 until the company was finally able to take up residence on several new floors of Building 12 in Kiel fishing port in April 1951.
After the company had developed into more than just an engineering office by taking over other shipbuilding-orientated agencies and expanding the production program to include ship’s searchlights, heaters, switchboards and underwater television systems, it changed its name to "IBAK" from the initials of the previous company name at the end of 1957. In 1968, the company took a big step forward when it moved into its own new premises in Wehdenweg in Kiel that were engineered to suit its specific requirements. In 1974 Herwig Hunger, the elder son of the company’s founder, took over management of the company. In 1991, his brother, Dr. Werner Hunger, became joint managing director, after he had already been director of research and development for TV systems and software for nine years. Since 2007 he has been the single managing director, together with the three executive directors Manfred Weber, Karsten Bauer and Janina Galinski.
The move of the maritime division into separate premises near the company headquarters in 2006 was at the same time the starting signal for the fast-paced expansion of the sewer inspection technology division. The vacant floor space was quickly filled up again and in 2007 the shop floor housing the overcrowded electronics production shop was enlarged. In 2009 a new shop floor was built, thus doubling the size of the inspection vehicle fitting shop and from mid 2011 onwards a new customer service centre will provide ample space for customer support, training and the hand-over of up to four inspection vehicles simultaneously. Thus, there are state-of-the-art production facilities and offices with 11,300 square metres of floor space on the company’s 22,000 square metre site in Wehdenweg.