Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

At the end of World War II, Adolf Illig returns to his home city and on May 27, 1946, he founds a repair shop in a small garage at his parent's house. The foundation of today's success was laid 10 years after the company's foundation by the design of the first ILLIG vacuum forming machine type UA 100. 1960 the machine type R 650 is introduced which is the first automatic vacuum forming machine world-wide to process pre-printed material from roll stock for the production of lids. 

Only three years later the first automatic high-speed pressure forming machine for forming/punching operation was developed. This was the birth of the successful RDM series. End of the seventies the first packaging line is constructed, where form, fill and seal functions are integrated. The first piston dosing machines are developed for filling pumpable ingredients.

1976 ILLIG FRANCE the first branch office abroad is founded. In the years comming ILLIG continuously expands his international presence on the market. 1984, ILLIG uses for the first time tilt technology in large thermoforming machines with machine model RDM 50K. Thus a new standard is created world-wide in packaging with respect to hygienic production. Already five years later the first calculation program for automatic  basic setting of vacuum forming machines is developed. 

Before the millenium ILLIG sets further milestones like the first In-Mold-Labeling production lines for PP margarine cups and fully aseptic form, fill and seal lines. 2004 the automatic roll fed machines RDM 78K the first thermoformers of the 3rd Generation are commissioned at the customers.  The first world-wide bottle former of this kind, the BF 70, ready to go into production, was presented at the Interpack 2008 with great success. 

A new customer center was launched in autumn. In the newly constructed building, which architecture will form ILLIG's image, more than 700 m² space for multifunctional usable conference rooms are available. With this new building a modern, future-oriented infrastructure for a lively communication center around thermoforming of plastic materials was created. By the investment for this new building ILLIG again strengthened the location Heilbronn and his market position.