IGS Success Timeline

Helping energy, power, and industrial companies solve their most critical surface engineering-related problems.

Our story

  • 1978

    First application carried out in the Phosphate industry in Florida, US.

  • 1987

    Following success in the Pulp & Paper industry, IGS ventured into boiler reliability projects in the Power sector.

  • 1995

    Taking the shop to the field

    Technology designed to perform High Velocity Thermal Spray (HVTS) applications is invented and applied for Sasol in South Africa

  • 1999

    The HVTS innovation goes global

    Used extensively in Sasol and Chevron facilities, other Upstream Energy assets and Solid Fueld Power plants

  • 2000

    Fired heater efficiency solution

    First Cetek applications in the early 2000s saw process engineers report 4-10% efficiency increases

  • 2004

    Introducing: Clean Guarantee

    Operating conditions in the Downstream, Petrochem, Pulp & Paper, Waste to Energy and Biomass sectors called for alloy modifications

  • 2006

    Arduous conditions call for material development

    Hot-Tek offering is developed facilitating maintenance, inspection and cleaning services for fired heaters without the need to shut them down

  • 2008

    Some like it hot

    IGS now provides an environmental product offering, including LPA filtration, turning vanes and air cannons

  • 2010

    Extending our global reach

    300 service people and 200 HVTS systems available in 15 countries.

  • 2014

    New State-of-the-Art Technology Centre

    IGS opens a Research & Development facility in Richmond, USA, where work continues on material development and equipment innovations

  • 2016

    SCR efficiency

    First application of Hot-Tek hot vacuuming delivered in an SCR

  • 2019

    Millions in fired heater savings delivered

    Cetek process tube and refractory coatings continue to deliver savings for process engineers globally.

  • 2020

    Continued asset integrity success

    IGS successfully navigates the Covid-19 pandemic and continues delivering projects for mission-critical assets globally.

  • 2021

    Introducing robotic cleaning

    IGS acquires Tube Tech, a pioneer in robotic cleaning solutions and no-man-entry automation systems.

  • 2022

    Global expansion

    IGS now employs 550+ staff across 22 countries and has appointed 25 distributors.

  • 2023

    Continued growth

    IGS continues to grow organically and through acquisition, expanding its R&D capabilities and robotic solutions.

  • 2024

    Renewable resources

    IGS supports emerging markets facilitating renewables conversion and CCS projects.