History of IGOS


February 2015


On 1 January 2014, BSG (a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Solingen) bought up the shareholding from the Guild of Electroplaters and became the sole shareholder of IGOS.


20 years of IGOS

On 23 May 2013, about 130 guests flocked to our anniversary celebrations as part of the 3rd Electroplating Convention to find out what lies behind our slogan "... On the face of it......and beyond" 



After Dr Werner Olberding left the company in June 2011, it was necessary to reorganise the Management of the Institute.


Together, Rainer Schmidtberg (right) and Dipl.-Ing. Josef Andrek (left), hitherto manager of the institute, were appointed Managing Directors.


IGOS Institut für Galvano- und Oberflächentechnik Solingen

On 24 Aug. 2011, the institute was renamed from "Institut für Galvano- und Oberflächentechnik Solingen GmbH (IGOS)" to "Institut für Galvano & Oberflächentechnik Solingen GmbH & Co. KG (IGOS)" which took effect from 1 Jan. 2011. (Company no. HRA 23300 at the Court in Wuppertal)


The shareholders are still the holding company Stadt Solingen mbH and the electroplaters guild in Solingen. The Senior Partner in the company is the "Wirtschaftsförderung Solingen Verwaltungs GmbH", the city's business development organisation.


When Dr Werner Olberding left the Institute, Rainer Schmidtberg took over the management on an interim basis while Josef Andrek took over the technical leadership, also on an interim basis.



IGOS' quality system is audited by (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle Chemie GmbH). All the requirements of DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025:2005 are met.


The auditors were particularly impressed by the Institute's customer focus and the "exemplary manner in which storage tests were performed in the laboratory". The auditors recommended that the accreditation committee should issue IGOS GmbH with the appropriate accreditation to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025:2005.


Electroplating quality seal

The Managing Director and Technical Manager of IGOS GmbH, Dr Werner Olberding, was unanimously appointed Chairman of the Quality Committee of the Quality Association for the Electroplating Industry (GGG e.V.).


On 1 Jan. 2004, BSG (holding company of the City of Solingen) acquired the shares held up to that time by the City of Solingen and the Solingen utilities company.


IGOS celebrates its first ten years.


During a ceremony to recognise the contributions made by IGOS, the Mayor of Solingen, Franz Haug, paid tribute to the Institute's work. IGOS took advantage of the celebrations to invite students from Solingen's schools to discover more about vocational openings and training opportunities in professions related to the surface treatments industry. Around 100 students grasped the opportunity to see more.


Rainer Schmidtberg replaces Daniel Wieneke as executive with signing authority.


The "Regionale 2006" business development event

IGOS is recognised for its contributions to the "Active Corporate Culture in the Solingen, Wuppertal, Remscheid region" for its "future-orientated initiatives" as an innovative enterprise involved in the Regionale 2006 business development events.



Ingo Schneider and Daniel Wieneke both joined IGOS GmbH as executives with signing authority.

1999 to 2000

The Institute's technical installations are extended and optimised.



Willi Metzger is appointed sole Managing Director, Dr Michael Beier-Korbmacher becomes Technical Manager of the Institute.



The new Managing Directors are Bernd Clemens, Roland Westphal and Klaus-Jürgen Reese.