Our success story
It all began in 1967 when Heinrich Bartelmuss founded the IBS Kunststofwerke in Teufenbach (Styria/Austria).
Today almost all major paper machines worldwide use our products on a daily basis.
Gain an insight into our success story that has been going on for over 50 years.
YOU CAN FIND US IN THE ENTIRE PAPER, BOARD AND PULP INDUSTRY.
World leader in the optimization of paper, board and pulp machines.
High quality products & solutions and a worldwide sales and service network.
Acquisition Horst Sprenger GmbH Spezialwerkzeuge
Acquisition of 80 % company shares of Horst Sprenger GmbH Spezialwerkzeuge based in Moers (Germany) and expansion of the existing product range to include metering systems, rod holders, edge doctors and quick couplings.
Groundbreaking for IBS Tower
In autumn 2019, ground was broken for the construction of a new main building at the company headquarters in Teufenbach-Katsch (Austria) - the IBS Tower.
With a height of over 26 meters and floor space of 3,200 m², the new 8-storey building will provide space for corporate management and approx. 50 employees. A 37 meters long bridge will connect the IBS-Tower with the existing company building.
ROPTEC GmbH in Eschweiler/Germany
Acquisition of ROPTECH GmbH based in Eschweiler (Germany) and expansion of the existing product range to include services for camera systems in the pulp and paper industry.
50th anniversary of the company
In 2017, the IBS Paper Performance Group celebrates its 50th anniversary. Our company was founded back in 1967 by Heinrich Bartelmuss with a starting capital of around €7,500
Papertech in Vancouver/Canada
Acquisition of Papertech Ltd. based in Vancouver (BC/Canada), thereby expanding the existing product range to include high-speed camera systems for the paper, cardboard and pulp industry and other industries.
Ergo Apparatus in Taicang/China
Acquisition of the company Ergo Apparatus in Taicang/China – Apparatus Manufacturer
Transphase Ltd. in Vancouver/Canada
Acquisition of the company Transphase Ltd. in Vancouver/Canada and integration of the product group steam showers, steam boxes and steam valves.
PMS Papiermaschinen-Systemtechnik in Offenburg/Germany
Acquisition of the company PMS Papiermaschinen-Systemtechnik GmbH in Offenburg/Germany and integration of the product groups Ruby Nozzles and Edge Trimming Systems
Acquisition of Ecoworld in Scheifling/Austria
Acquisition of Ecoworld LCL GmbH, based in Scheifling (Austria), thus expanding the existing product range to include LED-based lighting solutions for industrial applications.
Acqusition of PGA Anlagenbau
Acquisition of PGA Anlagenbau GmbH based in Wernberg (Austria) and thus expansion of the existing product range to include plants for fiber, stock, starch and additive preparation.
Klaus Bartelmuss sole owner
Klaus Bartelmuss takes over 100% of the IBS Paper Performance Group by purchasing all the company shares of his brother Heinz Bartelmuss and is thus the sole owner.
New member of the management board:
Dr. Marc Kaddoura
Expansion of our workshop in Teufenbach
The workshop in Teufenbach (Austria) is extended by a new production hall. In this hall a new paper band machine is built and successfully put into operation.
Acquisition of Hans U. Jakob
Acquisition of the technology from Hans U. Jakob (Switzerland) and expansion of the existing range to include steam boxes and rewetting systems.
At this time the IBS Group has more than 500 employees worldwide and holds 85 patents.
Foundation IBS do Brasil
Foundation of IBS do Brasil as a new service location with focus on South America.
Foundation IBS China
Foundation of IBS China as a new production and service location in China near Shanghai.
Foundation of IBS Indonesia
Foundation of IBS Indonesia as a new service center in Tangerang.
Foundation IBS Finland Oy
Foundation of IBS Finland Oy as a new service center for the Scandinavian region.
Acquisition James Ross Ltd.
Acquisition of James Ross Ltd. based in Brockville (Ontario/Canada), thus expanding the product range to include doctoring and machine cleaning systems.
Foundation IBS Japan Ltd.
Foundation of IBS Japan Ltd. as a new sales and service location. At this time, the IBS Group has about 230 employees worldwide.
Acquisition of Maschinenfabrik Berger GmbH
Acquisition of Maschinenfabrik Berger GmbH with the headquarter in Knittelfeld (Austria).
Foundation IBS Asia
Foundation of IBS Asia Pulp & Paper Technology Pte., Ltd. in Singapore, replacing the sales office in Hong Kong.
Acquisition of JUD AG and JUD Corp.
Acquisition of JUD AG Papiermaschinen (Liechtenstein) and JUD Corporation (USA), thus expanding the existing product range to include fabric tensioning and guiding systems. In the same year, the EVA vacuum valves were launched on the market. At that time, the IBS Group had around 140 employees worldwide.
Market introduction of Turn-Up Systems
Opening of a sales office in Hong Kong and market launch of the Turn-Up Systems.
Takeover of the management
Due to the sudden death of the company founder Heinrich Bartelmuss, the management was taken over by his sons Klaus and Heinz Bartelmuss.
Foundation IBS of America
Foundation of the first subsidiary IBS of America Corp. in Chesapeake (Virginia/USA).
Number of employees: 60
Establishment of a branch office in Niederwölz
Establishment of the branch office in Niederwölz (Austria). At this time, 10 patents have already been granted (mainly in Austria).
First one-piece ceramic cover worldwide
Presentation of the world's first one-piece ceramic covering for suctionboxes in the paper industry.
Foundation of IBS Kunststoffwerke
Foundation of IBS Kunststoffwerke by Heinrich Bartelmuss in Teufenbach (Austria) with a starting capital of
about € 7.500,-.