Kistler Acquires Swiss Optoelectronic Sensor Specialist

By Mike Brezonick30 August 2017

The Kistler Group, a Switzerland-based specialist in technology for measurement of pressure, force, torque and acceleration, announced the it has acquired Vester Elektronik GmbH (Vester), based in Straubenhardt, Germany. No financial details were provided.

Vester is a family-owned company specialized in optoelectronic sensors for controls and process monitoring in punching and forming technology, as well as in turned parts and fastening sectors. The company also possesses testing and sorting facilities for the full examination of metal and hybrid parts.

Kistler said Vester’s managing director, Frank Oppenländer, will continue to lead the company from the Straubenhardt facility. In the medium term, the site itself and its skilled workforce will be expanded.

Rolf Sonderegger, CEO of the Kistler Group, said that by buying Vester, Kistler is acquiring decades of knowledge in test automation and sensor technology and facilitating the establishment of a center of excellence for optical measurement in Germany.

The Kistler Group has 1800 employees and 58 branches in more than 30 countries. The company primarily operates in Germany.

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