For more than 130 years, experts in thermal processing technology have been working, innovating and creating at our headquarters in Weimar, Germany. What began as a small, 19th century business is now a leading technology center whose expertise and skill in manufacturing, transforming and enhancing materials for the chemical industry is in high demand worldwide.
The production of lime was restarted at the site in 1946: Lime was a key element in urgently needed building materials, necessary for reconstruction. A primitive ropeway conveyor was used to transport the building materials across the valley to a nearby railway station.
From 1948, the business operated as the VEB Ehringsdorf Lime and Travertine Works. In 1974, lime production was stopped, bringing a long tradition to an end. Travertine deposits continue to be quarried at the site for high-quality decorative cut stone to this day.
In 1975 the Weimar SKET-Institute took over the factory site and began using it as a pilot plant. This led to the installation of the first rotary kiln. Since then, analysis, trials and measurements have been part of our core competences. We regard our decades of accumulated experience as one of our most important assets.
In 1993, following the German Reunification, the organization was privatized, founding the ‘Institute for Building Material and Environmental Protection Technologies’. In homage to our history, the initials are still present in our current name: IBU-tec.
In 2001, current CEO Ulrich Weitz took over the firm and has overseen the successful implementation of a measured and ambitious, business development strategy ever since.Additionally, 2001 saw the beginning of catalysts research at IBU-tec which has subsequently grown to be a core component of the overall business.
In 2005, having successfully developed a unique process for creating nano and submicro powders in a pulsation reactor IBU-tec was awarded patent rights. Despite extreme global financial distress, 2008 saw IBU-tec maintain its strategic development plans by investing in new capabilities, constructing the largest pulsation reactor to date.
In 2016 IBU-tec installed a new indirect fired rotary kiln (IDO10), once again increasing the options and flexibility we offer to customers.
In order to further company growth and generate new capital for the continued expansion of our client services and capabilities, IBU-tec advanced materials AG went public!
After extensive reconstruction meausres the new logistics centre in Nohra, about 10 km away from the headquarters of IBU-tec, was inaugurated. The new location is 8,700 square meters large, offers extensive oppurtunities for storage, as well as 500 square meters of modern office space.
A year after its initial public offering IBU-tec acquired BNT Chemicals, a tin chemistry-based company whose product portfolio includes catalysts for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as glass coatings. The added expertise in organometallics provides our customers an ever-greater range of possibilities and solutions.
With its three site locations, sixteen rotary kilns, eight pulsation reactors, state-of-the-art laboratory and global customer/partner base, IBU-tec initially began operations with only 20 employees, increasing to more than 150 employees with an investment volume of over 36 million euros. Our combination of research and development expertise and one of a kind production facilities has seen IBU-tec grow to be an internationally renowned provider to the industry. With the addition of BNT Chemicals, an organometallics specialist, the newly formed group has approximately 240 employees.