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.
IBAK 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 Helmut Hunger, became managing director.
After the shipbuilding-related branch moved to its own building close to the main site in 2006, IBAK now has 9,700 m² of ultra-modern manufacturing facilities and offices for sewer inspection technology on a 22,000 m² site in Wehdenweg. More than 250 employees working out of 3 facilities across Germany continue to dedicate themselves to you. Our development, production, service and sales departments are here to serve the needs of our customers from the wastewater sector.
The company is now directed by the younger son of the founder, Dr.Werner Hunger.
IBAK - A History of “Firsts”in the Industry
· 1945 IBAK Founded
· 1958 First Sewer Camera
· 1968 First Camera Tractor
· 1980 First Pan & Tilt Camera
· 1989 Report Writing Software
· 1993 First Lateral Launch Robot
· 1993 First Always Upright Pan & Tilt
· 1996 First Pan & Tilt for 4"
· 2000 Pan & Tilt Push Camera
· 2002 Panoramo Optical Scanner
IBAK Helmut Hunger GmbH & Co. KG
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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. Experience and highest requirements on our products - and also on ourselves - guarantee the result. More than 250 people work day for day at our sites in Kiel and Illerrieden/Ulm to keep it this way. Our team is highly qualified, flexible and always at your service.