With ten subsidiaries in Europe and America, the group has increased its turnover by 5%, totalling 124 million euros in 2016.
ISTOBAL will present at The Car Show Las Vegas, the FLEX5, the first flexible rollover with greater washing capacity and productivity.
The Spanish company supports World Water Day. This year, the focus is on wastewater issues.
ISTOBAL was founded in L´Alcúdia, Valencia (Spain) in 1950. The founder, Ismael Tomas Alacreu was an entrepreneur who started with a small repair shop. The first machine that he made was a lubrication machine for automobiles. This milestone caused the company to change course towards the manufacturing and sale of specialized lubrication equipment, and later on towards automotive lifts for repair shops.
The first automatic car wash was designed in 1963 and was sold for garages and repair shops. It was in 1969 when ISTOBAL consolidated itself in the car wash sector extending its manufacturing lines and successfully exporting its first products.
ISTOBAL was dedicated to be focused on car wash equipment until 1982, providing not only car wash machines, but also a good technical service for assisting distributors and clients onsite. It was in 1982 when ISTOBAL amplified its focus and manufactured its first truck wash equipment.
People who work in ISTOBAL, truly believe in the innovation and the continued improvement. The esens chemical products brand launched in 2010 by ISTOBAL, are for instance, proof of that. These products are based on providing the best quality car wash. ISTOBAL tests first the esens chemicals in a car wash machine so that, we can know which products fits better and which ones are more efficient. Also, our officially patented car wash brush Link-it system guarantees that it is the first and only brush fitting system on the market with unique features.
Now, ISTOBAL is in more than 75 countries and provides car wash equipment almost everywhere thanks to the large network of car wash manufacturers and subsidiaries that has around the world.
We have subsiderias in USA, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Brazil, and more. The main production plant is located in Spain. However, as ISTOBAL considers it strategic to adapt its car wash machines and services in the different markets, in order to fulfil the clients’ expectations, it opened in 2011 the assembly plant here in the United States which is located in Bristol, Virginia and another one in Brazil in 2012.
ISTOBAL´s mission is to improve on a daily basis to ensure excellent vehicle care, enhancing the experience of using its carwash products.