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Festo is a German multinational 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 and is a Founding Sponsor Partner of the WorldSkills Mechatronics Competitions. Sales subsidiaries, distribution centers and factories are located in 61 countries worldwide. The company was named after its founders Albert Fezer and Gottlieb Stoll.

Festo AG & Co. KG
FoundedEsslingen am Neckar, Weimar Republic (1925 (1925))
FounderGottlieb Stoll
Number of locations
Sankt Ingbert
Key people
Oliver Jung (CEO)
Revenue€3,1 billion (2018)
Number of employees
20,100 (2018)


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.[2] 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..[3]

Animal robotsEdit

Festo is known for making moving robots that move like animals such as the sea gull like SmartBird, jellyfish, butterflies and kangaroos. [4] In 2018 they also added a flying fox and a rolling spider to the list. [5] Festo calls their Bionic Flying Fox an “ultra-lightweight flying object with intelligent kinematics.”

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Company Profile, Goliath
  2. ^ "Festo/Festool history". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Supreme Court To Review Case That Redefined Patent Doctrine". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. ^ "Festo's Fantastical Flying Robots". IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News.
  5. ^ "Festo's New Bionic Robots Include Rolling Spider, Flying Fox". IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News. Retrieved 2018-04-18.

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