Mr. Ismael Tomás Alacreu founded ISTOBAL in the spring of 1950. It all began in a small repair shop. Mr. Ismael’s innovative spirit was soon evident with the manufacturing of a highly successful ‘greasing machine’. This milestone caused the company to change course towards manufacture specialisation and the sale of greasing units, and later on towards automotive lifts for repair shops.
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Some years later, we developed the first ever 100% Spanish car wash machine. That very first machine changed our life and the lives of many other people and companies worldwide; we became consolidated as an international brand with presence in over 60 countries around the globe and more than 600 employees.
THE POWER OF INNOVATION CANNOT BE STOPPED
Leadership means running ahead. That is why our R&D&i department is key and strategic. Ideas and pioneering technologies are developed here and turned into solutions; in addition to meeting our customers’ needs, we also anticipate future demands in the car wash market.
Our research, development and innovation department includes a select group of professionals with great talent, experience and creativity; they make pure fiction come true, as our many patents have proved.
All this work is done thanks to open innovation and close liaison with prestigious technological institutes and universities as well as with corporations from the scientific and technological sector.
HIGH TECHNOLOGY AT THE SERVICE OF PROCESSES
In the process engineering area, we apply technological breakthroughs in manufacturing on an ongoing basis. Our Engineers use advanced CAD programs connected to CAM ones in order to achieve the highest quality standards. We adapt to all situations and needs. Our operational flexibility guarantees equipment delivery within tight deadlines.
Besides, considerable investment goes to training and health and safety programmes intended to strengthen our employees’ potential, improve integrated quality control systems and ensure the application of basic ergonomics and safety principles in all positions.
QUALITY IS A WAY OF THINKING AND ACTING
Quality goes beyond sheer certification. It is a style of thinking and working. This is why we have re-invented the traditional quality control system and transformed it into an integrated programme right from the design phase, one that is able to identify any incidence before it actually occurs, at the same time complying with governmental regulations in the countries where our products are marketed.
Quality and responsibility
ISTOBAL’s strong commitment to the environment can be seen in the research and development of new sustainable energy-efficiency systems, water treatment equipment, and new concentrated wash products aimed at reducing the environmental impact.
Manufacturing of parts
Installation of electrical components
Final product delivery