Festo is a German automation company based in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany.[1] Festo produces and sells pneumatic and electrical control systems and drive technology for factories and process automation. Festo Didactic also offers industrial education and consultation services and is one of the sponsors and partners of the WorldSkills Mechatronics Competitions. Sales subsidiaries, distribution centres and factories of Festo are located in 61 countries worldwide. The company was named after its founders Albert Fezer and Gottlieb Stoll.

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

Animal robotsEdit

Festo is known for making moving robots that move like animals, such as the seagull-like SmartBird, jellyfish, butterflies and the BionicKangaroo.[2] In 2018 they also added a flying fox and a rolling spider to the list.[3] Festo calls their Bionic Flying Fox an “ultra-lightweight flying object with intelligent kinematics.”[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Company Profile Archived 2011-08-23 at the Wayback Machine, Goliath
  2. ^ "Festo's Fantastical Flying Robots". IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News.
  3. ^ "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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