Festo

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This article is about the German company. For other uses, see Festo (disambiguation).
For the landmark patent-law case, see Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co..
Festo AG & Co. KG
Kommanditgesellschaft
Founded Esslingen am Neckar, Weimar Republic (1925 (1925))
Founder Gottlieb Stoll
Headquarters Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
Number of locations
Sankt Ingbert
Key people
Claus Jessen (CEO)
Revenue €2.45 billion (2014)
Number of employees
17,800 (2014)
Website www.festo.com

Festo is a German industrial control and automation company based in Esslingen am Neckar Germany.[1] 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...

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