Milestones


Continuous growth, from component manufacturer to comprehensive solution provider

The family-owned Kistler Instrumente company has evolved from a pure component manufacturer into a provider of comprehensive measurement technology solutions in every field and into a reliable development partner for industry and research. Strategic acquisitions have played a substantial role as well: new applications such as optical test automation, thermoacoustics and fastening technology, amongst others, have been added. Over 500 patents granted in more than 60 years stand for our strong innovative drive.

Our company’s history begins in 1944: Walter P. Kistler und Hans Conrad Sonderegger, young engineers at the Swiss Locomotive and Machine works in Winterthur (CH) work on developing measuring systems for engines. The foundation of the later sensor technology has been laid.


In 1950, Kistler und Sonderegger achieve a breakthrough with the development and patenting of the first charge amplifier
Walter P. Kistler und Hans Conrad Sonderegger achieve a breakthrough with the development of the first charge amplifier

2000s and 2010s – Kistler continues to extend its competences and evolves into a provider of systems and solutions

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Acquisition of Dr. Staiger Mohilo & Co. GmbH (today: Kistler Lorch GmbH)
Kistler expands its range of solutions, adding electromechanical joining systems to the portfolio to ensure highly flexible, energy-efficient, press-fit and joining processes. The company also gains expertise in the field of strain gauge technology.

2020s – the digital transformation is in full swing – Kistler becomes an information provider – focus is on information-as-a-service“, IoT, Big Test Data, Cloud Services, etc.