IKL is founded on 10.7.1948. by goverment of Yugoslavia as „Industry of ball and roller bearings“. It was the first state-owned company for production of bearings in the country . The company was founded in a very difficult economic situation , a few years after the end of the 2nd World War II , during the war-torn economy and the economic blockade of the east and west.
The first machines were obtained from reparations. For the first 6 months 69 workers are trained for bearings production, which began in 1949. First manufactured bearings were 6204, 6306 and 6307.
The first phase of development took up in 1955when it recorded a growth of production.
From 1958 to 1962 IKL purchased new equipment and built new production hall that allows further growth of the plant.
In 1968 changing its name to "Industry of rolling bearings "
In 1970 begins cooperation with SKF, and in year 1975 after the reconstruction and expansion of capacity ( factory has 5,000 square meters ), the conquest of SKF design and technology and production of new types of bearings with new machines from SKF. New types of bearings are for electrical industry and exploitation, bearings receive Q6 level of quality, there are bearings of high accuracy P4 , P5 and P6, high-rev bearings, etc.
This allowed the IKL is supplying all factories in Yugoslavia and to export (Italy, USA, Poland, USSR, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Egypt). IKL has no problem to sell all it can produce.
In June 1978 IKL, with 25 organizations, signed a cooperation agreement which allowed a complete understanding of the needs of the domestic market, and already in 1979. IKL achieves 37 % higher production as a result of the implementation of the Agreement .
Due to higher meet the needs of the market, IKL makes a decision on the construction of the new plant bearings in Barajevo near Belgrade (22000 square meters, started working in 1983.), which is designed to produce 20.5 million bearings smaller footprint, Factory for balls and cages in Bajina Basta, and small Factory in Prijepolje.
In this period, the replacement of foreign seals for domestic is done, and tubes, rods and wires are procured from domestic steel mills. Practically, IKL used all the quality raw materials of domestic origin and Ukraine .
IKL employs 2500 workers, out of which about 350 workers employed in Barajevo.
From 1980 IKL turnover continues to grow at a rate of 2-3 % per year reaching the figure of 100 million dollars. Since 2008 the restructuring process has started because of breaking down former Yugoslavia. But key personal was interested to keep the IKL brand alive therefore new strategy of development of
At present IKL is a team of high skilled professionals focusing on expanding globally. Since 2010 the following subsidiaries were established under IKL name: IKL Global FZE (UAE) – as hub for supply of IKL Brand bearings to Asian Countries (Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Iraq), IKL Innovations (Belarus) – as research and development center for bearings and particular insulated bearings and vibrating screen bearings, IKL Bearings India Pvt Ltd – for marketing of IKL bearings In India and further manufacturing hub for vibrating screen bearings in India, IKL International (USA) – for co-ordination of global expanding of IKL products, Bearing Trade House (BTH/IKL) (Bulgaria)– independent testing center approved by Europen Union for different tests of bearings, VTL(IKL) (Serbia) – technical support and promotion, customer’s care.
We are happy to share our experience and knowledge about our quality products with our customers.
IKL - „Industrija kotrljajućih ležaja“ – bearings with fair combination of quality – service – price: new phylosophy in bearing industry. IKL means Innovation - knowledge - loyalty.