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|Founded||Esslingen am Neckar, Weimar Republic (1925 )|
|Headquarters||Esslingen am Neckar, Germany|
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|Claus Jessen (CEO)|
|Revenue||€2.45 billion (2014)|
Number of employees
Festo is a German industrial control and automation company based in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. Festo is an engineering-driven company, producing and selling pneumatic and electrical control and drive technology for factory or process automation. Festo Didactic is a world market leader in industrial education and consultancy. Sales subsidiaries, distribution centers and factories are located in 61 countries worldwide.
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Festo was founded in 1925 by Albert Fezer and Gottlieb Stoll. Initially, the company manufactured wood cutting tools and later diversified into the automation industry. A noteworthy early product was the first portable, gasoline-powered chainsaw. In 2000, its portable power tool activities were spun off into an independent company, Festool. In 2002, Festo went to the United States Supreme Court to defend a change to a patent application in Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co...