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Kistler, as a pioneer, has become a global market leader in dynamic pressure, force, torque and acceleration measurement technology, with know-how in a multitude of industries and applications. Ever since it was founded in 1959, the Kistler Group has grown hand-in-hand with its customers and employees. 

Our claim: “measure. analyze. innovate.” is getting to the heart of what we do: to measure means to understand – and understanding paves the way for change. Raw data is transformed into valuable information about what can be optimized in each individual process. We deliver high-caliber measurement technology and services that support our customers in advancing new technologies, delivering innovations and pushing the limits of what is feasible – Innovators work with Kistler. 

The Kistler Group at a glance

  • Foundation: 1959 in Winterthur (CH) as Kistler Instrumente AG
  • Turnover in 2022 (Group): CHF 434 million; EUR 434 million; USD 454 million
  • Number of employees (Group): around 2,000 full-time employees as in January 2023
  • Number of trainees in Switzerland and Germany: around 50
  • R&D investment in 2022: 8% of turnover
  • Number of external R&D partners (universities and colleges): around 30
  • Number of patents applied for and granted: 939
  • Production Centers: 13 in 4 countries
  • Sales Centers: 74 in 27 countries
  • Service Centers: 11 in 9 countries
  • Competence Centers: 12 in 4 countries
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2,000 employees

Full time employees worldwide as of January 2022
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60 locations

To meet the needs of our growing international customers, we are represented around the world
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939 patents

Have been applied for and granted since the founding of Kistler
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Corporate Governance

Family-owned company – agile and close to our customers
The Kistler Group is a family-owned company with a Group Executive Committee and the Board of Directors as leadership team. It follows the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance and has a certified management system in place as per ISO 9001. A flexible organizational structure allows us to quickly respond to our customers' concerns and needs.

The Executive Commitee of the Kistler Group is dedicated to leading the company with the focus on long-term development.

Group Executive Committee

The Group Executive Committee is the most senior decision-making body of the Kistler Group. It comprises seven members (left to right):

  • Timo Gutbub, Chief Financial Officer
  • Claudio Valeri, Head of Production, Logistics & Service
  • Oliver Bailer, Head of Organizational Entity “Integrated Solutions”
  • Rolf Sonderegger, CEO of the Kistler Group
  • Peter Höffgen, Head of Organizational Entity “Advanced Products”
  • Petr Starustka, Head of Organizational Entity “Integrated Products”
  • Marc Schaad, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Organizational Entity “Components”

This vigorous team is dedicated to leading the company with the focus on long-term development. The main responsibilities of the Group Executive Committee include strategic corporate planning, the selection of management executives and control of the strategic business units and functional areas.

Our values

The values that shaped our company as it formed, continue to make Kistler what it is today. Behind our success is the shared vision to constantly improve dynamic measurement technology. Experience success as a team. Remain at the pinnacle of measurement technology thanks to passion for technology in cooperation with our partners – and make progress together.

Passion for technology and innovation

Accredited calibrations and service calibrations of measurement equipment provide the basis for precise measurements.

We cultivate and are passionate about our role as an innovative leader and stand for continuous progress: we adopt mega trends like autonomous mobility and Industry 4.0 and translate them into new solutions and products in our own research and development departments. Fired by this passion and our wide application know-how, we set measurement technology benchmarks in all our business fields and do justice to our reputation for excellence.

Quality and customer satisfaction

Employees at Kistler aim for the highest quality standards and strive to ensure that customers are satisfied.

The name Kistler is known worldwide for top quality, outstanding products and solutions and precise, reliable measurement results. Our employees aim for the highest quality standards and work with maximum precision on the manufacture of our products and solutions. Our high level of vertical integration and quality consciousness set us apart from competitors and ensure excellence – for us and our customers.

We focus all our efforts on our customers and their success and they enjoy our highest esteem and attention. Our employees constantly strive to ensure that customers are satisfied, to help them achieve their goals and offer them genuine added value with our long-standing measurement expertise.

Committed to people and the environment

Kistler is committed to using resources economically – caring for people and the environment.

Our solutions are created by people, for people. They make life safer and more comfortable. We are committed to using resources economically – and by doing so, we are fulfilling our obligations to future generations.

Success through teamwork

Working together as a team all over the globe, our employees make an important contribution to the success of Kistler.

We are a team of people who work together all over the globe. Every day, each one of our employees makes an important contribution to our company’s success. Their experience, their knowledge and their creativity are key factors in the Kistler success story. 

We appreciate our employees – and that is why we encourage and motivate them to deliver top performance, and thus to create sustainable added value. Setting a good example to others, shouldering responsibilities and acting with integrity – these are our guiding principles.

Our responsibility

We are committed to our corporate social responsibility. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) goes beyond legal compliance obligations and company profits. Fair business practices, a healthy and attractive workplace for our employees, economic, ecological, and social sustainability are parts of it and are given due consideration.


Learn more about the Kistler Group’s contributions to a sustainable future. Have a look at our sustainability report.

Our contribution to a sustainable future
As a company that is fully aware of its responsibilities, the Kistler Group is committed to playing a key role in improving the quality of life and utilizing resources more efficiently. Get to know more about in our Sustainability Report.

Standards and certifications

The certified management system at Kistler ensures compliance with all relevant norms.

Our certified management systems
Kistler has introduced certified management systems to guarantee compliance with statutory requirements and norms as well as our own standards and to ensure that our processes, products, and services are continuously improved. All our systems undergo regular audits by external organizations. 


The compliance culture at Kistler is based on three pillars: to avoid, to recognize and to respond.

Our approach to compliance: act with responsibility
As an international company, the Kistler Group maintains high legal and ethical standards in all our relationships. Safeguarding the Kistler Group’s credibility and good reputation is a critical factor for our business success.  

We must continuously and adequately recognize and assess compliance risks that fall within the scope of our responsibility as a business, and we need to manage them as appropriate to each risk. To do this at Kistler, we implemented a compliance approach based on three pillars. Breaches of laws and our Code of Conduct should be avoided and sanctioned where necessary. By taking this approach, we can meet our responsibilities and avoid damage to Kistler and third parties.

In order to detect any misconduct, there are internal contact points as well as the "SpeakUP Line" reporting system. Reports will be followed up by fair investigations. Transparent responses and clearly defined consequences aim to penalize misconduct and eliminate weak points.