The Kistler Group

About the Kistler Group

Kistler is the global leader in dynamic measurement technology for measuring pressure, force, torque and acceleration. Cutting-edge technologies provide the basis for Kistler's modular solutions.

Customers in industry and science benefit from Kistler's experience as a development partner, enabling them to optimize their products and processes so as to secure a sustainable competitive edge. The owner-managed Swiss company's unique sensor technology plays a key role in the evolution of automobile development and industrial automation, as well as in numerous emerging sectors. With a broad knowledge of applications and an absolute commitment to quality, Kistler is making an important contribution to the further development of current megatrends. This includes topics such as electrified drive technology, automated and connected driving, emission reduction and Industry 4.0.

Some 2 200 employees at more than 60 locations worldwide are dedicated to developing new solutions and offer customized service for individual applications. Since its founding in 1959, the Kistler Group has grown along with its customers, generating sales of CHF 475 million in 2018. Approximately 8% of this went back into research and technology — and thus into achieving better results for all our customers.

Facts and Figures

Economic performance indicators:

  • Sales revenue, 2018: 475 MCHF; 412 MEUR; 486 MUSD
  • Sales revenue, 2017: 422 MCHF; 379 MEUR; 428 MUSD
  • Sales revenue, 2016: 358 MCHF; 329 MEUR; 364 MUSD
  • Average growth in sales revenue for the last 3 years 13%

Employment indicators:

  • Number of employees (FTEs) worldwide (January 2019): 2 200
  • Number of trainees/apprentices in Switzerland and Germany: approximately 60

    Key figures on research and development:

    • 2018 investments in R&D (as percentage of sales revenue): 8%
    • Number of external R&D partners (universities and colleges): approximately 30
    • Number of patents applied for and granted: 675
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