IPG Automotive – A real industry leader
Sustainable growth from deep roots
Having started as a spin-off from Karlsruhe University, today known as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, our focus has been sustainable research and development from the very beginning since 1984. We meet our clients’ challenges with well-founded professional expertise as well as openness and a great deal of pioneering spirit. It is our goal to assist them in the development of new technologies from the initial idea to series production – aided by our considerable experience.
Would you like to know how it all started?
Read the interviews with our two company founders, Dr.-Ing. Alexander Schmidt and Dr.-Ing. Andreas Riedel, which they gave on the occasion of our 30-year anniversary in 2014.
Ingenieurgemeinschaft Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Gnadler GmbH is founded
We are a spin-off of the Karlsruhe University of Technology: Two research assistants, Alexander Schmidt and Andreas Riedel, together with Prof. Rolf Gnadler, found the company in order keep supporting their project partners in the field of vehicle dynamics.
The company is renamed to the current IPG Automotive GmbH.
We set new priorities
Driver assistance and powertrain are joining vehicle dynamics as core application areas.
First Open House and start of the Formula CarMaker program
The first Open House is held in 2005. In the beginning, we opened our doors for a glimpse behind the scenes. Today, the event has become an established international industry meeting for virtual test driving with several hundred participants.
Since 2005, we have supported academic racing, for instance with CarMaker licenses for Formula Student Teams. And we are constantly adding to the list of race series we support.
First technology conference
“Apply & Innovate”
Our technology conference, later called Apply & Innovate, offers a platform for creative exchange about virtual test driving. International clients and partners present their applications with our simulation solutions.
There is now ample space for corporate growth in the field of software and hardware at the current headquarters on Bannwaldallee in Karlsruhe.
Introduction of our training programs
In the beginning, our engineers offered training courses for our products on the occasion of project handovers. Since 2009, general product training courses are held regularly. The first course in 2009 was a CarMaker User Training.
Opening of the Munich office
You can now find us in Munich in addition to our headquarters in Karlsruhe.
Opening of the Wolfsburg office
Wolfsburg is now our third site in Germany.
Our subsidiary company in Japan is founded and the first SimulOscar competition is held
We are taking our company global: IPG Automotive K.K. now offers local support for our Japanese clients.
The same year, IPG Automotive initiates a competition in order to encourage new talents to work on projects in the field of virtual test driving. Awards are now presented for outstanding student works.
New international offices are founded – now more than 100 staff members work at IPG Automotive
The company is growing on a global level and we are strengthening our presence in Asia and the USA with our new subsidiary companies in Shanghai and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Our team is growing as well! At the end of 2015, more than 100 staff members work at IPG Automotive.
Our subsidiaries in Korea and France are founded
We are expanding in the Asian market by founding our Korean subsidiary. We are also strengthening our presence in Europe, where we are now also located in France.
The first training center for virtual test driving with the simulation solution CarMaker is opened at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea.