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 2000 employees at 61 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 422 million in 2017. 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, 2017: 422 MCHF; 379 MEUR; 428 MUSD
  • Sales revenue, 2016: 358 MCHF; 329 MEUR; 364 MUSD
  • Sales revenue, 2015: 329 MCHF; 308 MEUR; 341 MUSD
  • Average growth in sales revenue for the last 3 years 10%

Employment indicators:

  • Number of employees (FTEs) worldwide (End of May 2018): 1900
  • Number of employees with academic qualifications: 970 (about 52% of all employees)
  • Number of trainees/apprentices: 47

Sales and production network:

  • Number of Sales Centers: 26
  • Number of Production Centers: 10
  • Number of Tech Centers: 4

Key figures on research and development:

  • 2017 investments in R&D (as percentage of sales revenue): 8
  • Number of external R&D partners (universities and colleges): ≈ 30
  • Number of patents applied for and granted: 530
  • Number of R&D employees:  324
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