Great ideas make history. Read on to find out how!

Using our pioneering spirit to overcome the latest technical challenges is a goal that lies close to our hearts. It is the reason we were founded and is a mantra we still live by today. Our company was established in 1984 as a spin-off from Karlsruhe University, which is today known as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The creation of a close, efficient interaction between the three pillars of software, hardware and customer support quickly laid the foundations of our success. 

 

Discover the milestones that have shaped IPG Automotive's history:

Meanwhile, a handful of vehicle dynamics specialists paved the way for a long-standing collaboration - if we have sparked your interest then why not read the interview with our founder and managing director Alexander Schmidt? He talks about the company's history and recalls his personal memories to mark IPG Automotive's 30th anniversary.

Company

The Company is founded as Ingenieurgemeinschaft Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Gnadler GmbH on July 10 with the aim of developing a numerical simulation system for customers in the automotive industry.

1984
1989

The first HIL system is delivered.

The company is renamed IPG Automotive Engineering Software + Consulting GmbH.

1997
1999

The name CarMaker is introduced for the existing HIL product.

2001

The first MotorcycleMaker is delivered.

The company relocates from its initial offices in Kaiserallee to Blücherstraße in Karlsruhe, Germany.

2002

The company is renamed IPG Automotive GmbH.

2003

IPG Automotive hosts the first Open House.

2005

The first User Conference is held (today known as Apply & Innovate).

2006

The company relocates to the current premises at Bannwaldallee 60, Karlsruhe.

2007
2008

The Xpack4 series is launched.

2009

TruckMaker is introduced.

Our first subsidiary is founded in Japan.

2014

The release of the career site now provides an information platform for applicants.

2015

The company’s growth continues with new offices founded in Korea and France.

2016

Our staff count surpasses 150 employees.

2017

For the first time, more than 200 team members work at IPG Automotive.

2018

Products