The company ICO Innovative Computer GmbH was established in 1991, being a continuation of the company Klaus Jeschke Hard und Software, which had been founded in 1982. With over 35 years' experience in the field, ICO is a distributor and importer of computer and communications components. Its quality management system is certified to ISO 9001:2015.
ICO specialises in manufacturing industrial PC panels, computers and tablets designed for harsh industrial environments. Its comprehensive portfolio of products allows ICO's customers to choose the best solutions for their shop floor. ICO has over 120 employees, who do their best to meet the needs of the company's 16,000 customers, 60% of which are specialist retailers and ITS providers and the remaining 40% of which are industrial enterprises and end users.
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