Kistler Group took over Karlsruhe-based Vester Elektronik on 25 August. This acquisition – Kistler’s third one this year – adds a company that has successfully specialised in sensor technology and test automation to the group.
Innovative systems in process monitoring
Since its founding 50 years ago, the family-owned company Vester Elektronik GmbH has specialised in high-quality optoelectronic sensors for controls and process monitoring in the field of punching and forming technology. Testing and sorting facilities for the 100% examination of metal and hybrid parts complete the company’s product portfolio. Its prod- ucts are primarily used in the punching and forming as well as turned parts and fastening sectors. The company is known for its innovative and well-engineered systems for the quality assurance and surveillance of punching and forming processes, as well as for the high level of continuity and quality from a single source.
Local operations with a global network
The takeover benefits the two companies and their customers: Vester Elektronik GmbH gains access to a global corporate structure and new resources aimed at increasing its business and developing new markets. With 1,800 employees the world over, the Kistler Group provides the necessary structures and processes for the company, which primarily operates in Germany, to grow. Kistler has branches in 58 locations in more than 30 coun- tries, thereby providing the Vester portfolio access to a global market. Customers in turn will benefit from the Kistler Group’s global service and sales network. Outside managing director at Vester, Frank Oppenländer will continue to lead the company and its 80 full time staff members from the Straubenhardt facility. In the medium term, the site itself and its skilled workforce will be expanded.
Establishment of a centre of excellence for optical measuring technology
By taking over Vester, Kistler is not only acquiring decades of knowledge in the field of test automation and sensor technology: it also facilitates the establishment of a centre of excellence for optical measurement in Germany. “This new technology is the perfect ad- dition to Kistler’s traditional measurement technology. It gives us access to new applica- tions that enable us to meet the demands of new and existing customers even more effectively,” said Rolf Sonderegger, CEO of the Kistler Group.