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IBAK, One of the Fastest Growing Medium-Sized Family-Run Companies

According to the Munich Strategy Group ranking, IBAK is among the 100 fastest-growing medium-sized family-run companies in Germany. As a manufacturer and supplier of sewer inspection- and rehabilitation systems, IBAK employs a staff of more than 400 at seven locations in Germany and a registered office in Australia. In addition to this, the Kiel-based owner-managed family business is represented by over 40 distributors and service partners all over the world. The study on the 100 top-ranking medium-sized companies in 2020“ was conducted for the eleventh time running by the management consultants Munich Strategy Group; IBAK was again ranked at number 27.

High-Tech for Below Ground

Sewers and pipes are subject to ageing: for example, they can form cracks and start leaking and this leads to groundwater and soil pollution. Technology designed by IBAK can travel through sewers and pipes to optically assess the condition of sewage systems and to rehabilitate them where necessary. The IBAK company founder Helmut Hunger introduced the first sewer inspection system in the world in 1957. Building on this pioneer achievement, now, 75 years later, IBAK is still the technology leader. Nowadays, fully equipped sewer inspection vans form the company's core business, but small, portable systems for mobile operation, systems for sewer rehabilitation and software are also part of the comprehensive product portfolio of the pioneer of the industry.

With full HD sewer inspection systems, IBAK is the market pioneer. They enable videos to be generated, transmitted, reproduced, processed and archived in full HD quality. | photo: © Ulf Dahl

Focus on Technical Innovation

'The top 100 companies stand out due to the three qualities growth strength, power of resistance and innovative capacity,' says Sebastian Theopold, the head of Munich Strategy. So, with its innovations, IBAK has its finger still as ever on the pulse of time: full HD, 4K, artificial intelligence (AI) and boundless mobility are the great possibilities that the inventor of sewer TV inspection technology is opening up to the sewer industry. High resolution video formats in real time as used by HD cameras depend on high transmission speeds. For this, IBAK implements optical transmission technology, to provide loss-free data transmission without time lag via rugged fibre optic cables. Among other things, IBAK is working on the ArtIST software. This increases the efficiency of inspection data capture and ensures data analysis of constantly high quality. There is great potential in the artificial intelligence (AI) of the software whose aim is to provide support with establishing the condition of standard features.

Growth Strength over the Past Five Years

The Munich Strategy Group was commissioned by the newspaper Handelsblatt to analyze 4000 German companies with a turnover between ten million and roughly one billion euros from all branches of industry. The top 100 companies in 2020 were determined on the basis of the average increase in turnover and the average EBIT*¹ rate over the past five years. The study analyzed the sustained development of the companies. Only medium-sized companies that have delivered top performance over an extended period were taken into consideration. The final rank was calculated from the average of the ranks reached for growth strength (increase in turnover) and profitability (Ebit rate). IBAK was again ranked at 27 in the study.

*¹ earnings before interest and taxes

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Inspection Systems

Can be configured depending on the requirements and applications. The various camera models are compatible with the different trolley or push rods etc.
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Sewer Repair Systems

Powerful and robust products with an autonomous system for flexible and efficient work.
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Software

With the IBAK software channel TV inspection is an easy matter. With the wide variety of tools, data can be optimally absorb and evaluate at a later date.
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Leak testing of house drains and house sewers

IBAK has extended its MODULAR system of sewer TV components with the IBAK DPS Leak Testing System.

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Founded in 1945 as a small consulting engineering firm, IBAK is today the biggest manufacturer and supplier of pipe inspection systems and is at the same time the oldest company in the trade. With our more than 70 years of experience and the extremely high demands we place on our products – and also on ourselves – we provide optimum benefit to our customers. More than 350 people work day for day at our locations in Kiel and our branch offices in Krefeld, Georgsmarienhütte/Osnabrück, Durmersheim and Illerrieden/Ulm to ensure that this stays this way.

IBAK products work in the dark, but their success is visible. Throughout the world operators use the innovative sewer inspection system by this Kiel-based market leader. IBAK's presence is felt all over the globe.

IBAK’s invention

When the company founder Helmut Hunger set up his business "Ingenieur Büro Atlas Kiel" in 1945, he did not give a thought to going global. It was his personal quest to develop perfectly functioning precision instruments. Even today IBAK is just as passionate about meeting those targets. Finding innovative and user-friendly solutions is always the company's prime objective. It thus comes as no surprise that the IBAK organization, after many years of research and development, presented the first sewer TV inspection system in the world in 1957.

From human to human

Products by IBAK are technological masterpieces. And with one in six of our over 350 colleagues working in research and development, that is no wonder. Our highly experienced engineers, the continuous exchange of ideas with customers and the well-established cooperation with universities and professional bodies all ensure the development of trend-setting technologies and their conversion into practical designs. The result is that IBAK systems are powerful, durable, user-friendly, low-maintenance, high-tech solutions. Quality shows What started in Kiel is now well known throughout the world. Just as every year Kiel welcomes the world for its "Kieler Woche" – the biggest sailing event in the world – IBAK sets its course for more than 40 countries. All IBAK products have one thing in common: they provide 'made in Germany' quality. All system components as well as the hardware and software are developed, produced, assembled and tested by IBAK. Relevant standards, such as ISO, DIN, all EC Directives as well as ATEX and IECEx certificates of quality, constitute merely the minimum requirements for us.

Count on IBAK

With their high quality standards, IBAK products are always a safe investment. Despite the exceptional characteristics of our products, economic factors have always been decisive. Protect the environment Just as every department of IBAK is governed by a strict environmental management system to protect natural resources, so also do IBAK's inspection systems contribute to environmental protection. IBAK systems detect damage in fresh water pipes and sewers, thus helping to protect our valuable drinking water for the future.

The extraordinary driving experience

When talking about innovation, that is where the PEGASUS HD camera, with both its fully HD high-resolution and the brilliant picture it produces, as well as the digital PANORAMO sewer inspection system shine brightest. Driving through the world of sewers with the PANORAMO is a unique 3D experience. Analysis of the entire inspection data is not carried out in the inspection vehicle on-site as was previously the case. Instead it is analysed in the comfort of the office, although the feeling of working with a pan and tilt camera in the pipe remains.

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