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Bernd Müller


Bernd Müller. Chief IMOVATOR since 1980.

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Ingo Müller


Ingo Müller, our founding father. The father of all IMOVATORS.

Technology leader

IMOvation drive at

the highest level

IMO’s surface finishing technology is the most advanced worldwide. This gives IMO an advantage of knowledge allowing us to give customers optimal advice at the early stages of development. IMO owes this more than ultra-thin competitive edge above all to their staff with many years of experience, with the senior staff leading the way. These act as a model at all times and earn their recognition through integrity and credibility. They set high standards and are willing to be judged by the same measures. The new culture of leadership makes IMO a sought after employer far beyond the region’s borders.


Foundation of IMO - Ingo Müller Oberflächentechnik - by Ingo Müller as an plating shop for industrial bulk materials.


Commissioning of the first IMO-produced reel-to-reel plating line.

Bernd Müller joins the company.

Foundation of MSP GmbH - Müller Spot Plating - by Bernd Müller.

Constant growth in the 1990s made generous expansions necessary.

Occupation of the new Plating Technology Centre in Königsbach-Stein.

Until 2006 Production of 30 reel-to-reel and 3 fully automatic bulk plating lines.


Change of generations, Takeover of IMO und MSP by Bernd Müller.


Takeover of the business activities by IMO Oberflächentechnik GmbH.


Introduction of new building and several plating lines.


Armin Müller joins the company and several spot units for selective strip finishing are put into operation.


Introduction of new spot techniques for selective reel-to-reel plating.


Expansion of production area for several reel-to-reel plating lines and a bulk material machine.

Commissioning of A710 - the latest Generation of a reel-to-reel plating line.


Commissioning of the fifth fully automatic bulk and rack material machine.


Commissioning of the A720 - another reel-to-reel plating system of the latest generation.

Expansion of the administrative building.


Kay Müller joins the company.

Commissioning of the A730, A740 and A750 - three further reel-to-reel plating systems of the latest generation.
Start of the modernization and digitalization phase.
Thomas P. Henle joins the company as another General Manager.
Commissioning of the modern reel-to-reel plating lines A125 and A135.
We celebrate 50 years of IMO - 50 years of innovation and highest quality in surface processing technology.

The future has started.

We consistently work on our successful company history on.

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We are what

makes IMO special

We are not happy

until our customers are happy

Our ambition is to deliver nothing but top quality. This puts a strong emphasis on our main goal – WE want to be nothing more than the best and most innovative electroplating provider on the market. And because this is what we expect of ourselves, quality is our top priority. Our customers must be happy with their products at all times. This is why we always adjust our services to the customer’s demands. Our eye for details makes us a reliable partner for other companies no matter what their size is.


IMO shining

quality once more

Zero faults

Attention to detail creates quality

IMO belongs to the small elite boasting a quality management system that meets the high requirements of the automotive industry. This means that the quality management system observes the strict guidelines meeting the international technical IATF 16949 standard. Owner of this certificate is Müller Spot Plating GmbH.

development And application technology


the IMO way

Embrace progress
and be


Always being one step ahead requires foresight, closeness to our customers and the markets in order to learn about future characteristics for new developments as well as comprehensive knowledge. One of our strengths is that we can draw on 50 years of know-how going beyond electroplating services.


Our development and application engineering team turns ideas and concepts into innovative and eco-friendly technological advances that are then translated into series production. This enables us to offer high-value solutions to our customers quickly and in close alignment with their individual requirements. We work continuously on fine-tuning our technology and the cost-effective electroplating of parts with complex geometries.

Environment and energy

The surface of the earth

is close to IMO's heart

IMO is well aware of its special responsibility towards the environment. This entrepreneurial responsibility has an effect on all elements of its business strategy. To unite ecology and economy is therefore not simply idle talk but expressed in the fact that only the latest methods are used in our electroplating plants. Apart from that, we work to increase the staff’s awareness in respect of energy saving. All trainees are taught responsible handling of natural resources right from the beginning of their professional future. Precious ecological behaviour takes care of sustainable creation of value. It is not for nothing that IMO is one of the few companies in its sector that is certified as per ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. This commitment has already been confirmed on several occasions by the Environmental Prize awarded by the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Environmental Prize awarded by the Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw, the award honouring us as the Highlight of Economy and last but not least the nomination for the Industry Award 2012 at the Hannover Trade Fair.

Imo Oberflächentechnik Gmbh

Remchinger Straße 5
75203 Königsbach-Stein

Tel.: +49 7232 3006-0


IMO Oberflächentechnik Gmbh

Remchinger Straße 5
75203 Königsbach-Stein

Tel.: +49 7232 3006-0