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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
Founded Esslingen am Neckar, Weimar Republic (1925 (1925))
Founder Gottlieb Stoll
Headquarters Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
Number of locations
Sankt Ingbert
Key people
Eberhard Veit (CEO)
Revenue €2.9 billion (2013)
Number of employees
15,500 (2011)
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 that sells pneumatic and electric transducers primarily to the automation industry.


Festo was founded in 1925 by Gottlieb Stoll and Albert Fezer. Initially, it 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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