Founded: 1964
Location: Cologne, Germany
Employees: 2,150 +

Founded by Günter Blasé in 1964 out of a garage, igus started out by supplying, "complex technical polymer components."

Today, the company employs more than 2,150 people worldwide and specializes in the manufacture of, "injection molded polymer bearings and reinforced plastic cable carriers."

igus, which has 26 subsidiaries in 31 countries, places a strong emphasis on innovation: the company tests out and introduces between 1,500 and 2,500 new products annually.