On May 27, Adolf ILLIG founds a repair shop in the small garage at his parents' house.
Pillar drilling machine
A pillar drilling machine is the first own product of the company’s founder.
- Drier production for Passat Maschinenbau.
1. Thermoformer UA 100
The knowledge gained from both the repair shop and drier production was employed for the first ILLIG thermoforming machine, model UA 100 (UA means universal automatic machine).
Machine model R 650
Machine model R 650 is presented. It is the first automatic vacuum thermoformer in the world to work from pre-printed roll stock for the production of decorated lids.
Move to the new premises in Mauerstrasse with now 160 staff members.
Start of RDM series
Design of the first high-speed automatic pressure forming machine for forming/punching operation. Start of the RDM series with machine model RDM 37/6 which has been very successful ever since.
Founding of mold and tool shop
Further machines types of the RDM series are built. In order to be able to get complete thermoforming lines for cups and lids, a mold and tool shop is founded.
Expansion of production
Drier production is stopped. The space is urgently needed for the expansion of production. Now ILLIG has 480 employees.
Factory || & first Piston dosing machines
The production department is re-arranged and considerably expanded, after Factory II is finished in 1969. Most machine parts are manufactured in-house. ILLIG has more than 800 employees now.
The first packaging line is built where form, fill and seal functions are integrated. The first piston dosing machines are developed for filling paste-like goods.
Special machines (PMMA)
ILLIG special machines for the production of bath tubs, sinks and other products out of PMMA (acrylic glass) promote a revolution in the sanitary sector in this year. Steel and porcelain articles are replaced more and more by acrylic glass.
ILLIG FRANCE - first branch office which is founded abroad.
North | Assembly hall
Since thermoforming lines are getting bigger, the assembly department needs to be restructured. North I assembly hall is built.
ILLIG UK & developing of pre-heater
ILLIG UK takes over service and sales for Great Britain. ILLIG develops the pre-heater (VHW) equipped with heated aluminum rollers for continuous PP heating.
For the first time ILLIG uses tilt technology in larger thermoforming machines with machine model RDM 50K. Thus a new standard is created in the packaging production with respect to hygiene conditions.
Developing of calculation program
Development of the first calculation program for automatic calculation of the basic setting of automatic vacuum thermoforming machines.
Customer training is relocated to new rooms and intensified.
The production department is expanded with a new building and innovative production techniques can be introduced.
New Center& IML-T®
The new Center for apprentices opens. Up to 50 young people undergo vocational training in the metal sector.
Development of the first in-mold labeling production line for applying PP labels to PP margarine tubs.
Form, fill and seal lines
Fully aseptic form, fill and seal lines are built with a daily capacity of 700.000 yogurt cups.
Improved mold designs
Improved mold designs for forming/punching technology are developed which set the standard with respect to precision, temperature control technology and service lives.
ILLIG FAR EAST & ILLIG USA
ILLIG FAR EAST and ILLIG USA open as Service and Spare Parts Centers.
ILLIG LATIN AMERICA & New premises
ILLIG LATIN AMERICA becomes a Service and Spare Parts Center. Productive start of SAP/R3 in all sectors of the company in 2000 and introduction of the material and traffic flow concept including Mauerstrasse which now belongs to the premises.
Birth of plastic capsule. Development of the first coffee capsule mold. A plastic material with barrier properties is employed.
Expand in ILLIG USA
ILLIG L.P. USA Service and Spare Parts Organization is expanded by a sales organization.
ILILLIG apprentices repeatedly receive Maybach Price for excellent performance.
RDM 78K 3rd Generation
ILLIG JAPAN takes over Sales and Service Organization. With RDM 78K, the first 3rd Generation thermoformer starts production at customer.
IML-T® for form, fill and seal lines
In-mold labeling for form, fill and seal lines is presented for the first time.
Step by step convertion to 3rd Generation
Step by step all high-performance thermoformers are converted to 3rd Generation.
World premiere BF 70
BF 70, the first undercut thermoformer of this kind worldwide is presented ready for production.
Intelligent control concept for automatic thermoformers for the first time.
By developing the IC machines (Intelligent Control Concept) ILLIG engineers succeeded in making a quantum leap in thermoforming.
ILLIG INDIA & IML-T
ILLIG INDIA starts production of RV 53 thermoformers. IML-T decoration technology establishes itself. In-mold labeling lines conquer the market.
ILLIG celebrates 70th anniversary.