• The family-owned company

The family-owned company

Welcome to independence

Ever since KOSTAL was first founded in 1912, we have pursued innovation combined with uncompromising quality. Through this approach we have come a long way in the last hundred years. Today we one of the world's leading suppliers of complex electronic and mechatronic products for industrial and automotive applications.

We are especially proud that we are still a sound, self-financed, owner-managed family business. Today more than ever, we are a family – a family with over 18 000 members worldwide putting our values into practice.

We are KOSTAL Group, a global, independent family-owned company based in Germany which develops and manufactures technologically complex electronic and mechatronic products. We employ more than 17 000 people at 46 locations in 21 countries, offering flexible, knowledgeable and customer-focused service.

KOSTAL Holding is responsible for central activities affecting all organisations in the group, such as controlling, finance, purchasing, organisation, IT and personnel.

The division KOSTAL Automotive Electrical Systems is responsible for the development, production and distribution of components, modules and systems for the electrical, electronic and mechatronic technology in car bodies.

Automotive Electrical Systems website

KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik GmbH, the industrial electronics division, develops innovative products for renewable energy generation and efficient energy use.

Industrial Electronics website

KOSTAL Solar Electric GmbH is our international sales company for solar inverters and storage systems of KOSTAL\'s PIKO brand, which allow power from photovoltaic systems to be intelligently used.

Solar Electric website

KOSTAL Kontakt Systeme GmbH operates all over the world to develop, manufacture and distribute innovative connector systems for automotive and industrial applications.

Connectors website

The Energy Efficiency division develops innovative applications to increase energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency website

SOMA GmbH develops, manufactures and distributes test and automation systems for specific industries and products.

SOMA website

Our history

1912

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1912

Foundation of the company

Leopold Kostal founds the company, beginning with the production of installation material.

1926

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1926

Moving into the automotive industry

Leopold Kostal develops the turn indicator for automobiles, beginning the company's move into automotive electrical systems.

1935

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1935

2nd generation

Kurt Kostal joins the company.

1953

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1953




Change of focus

The focus shifts to the development and production of components for the automotive industry.

1972

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1972

3rd generation

Helmut Kostal joins the company and founds KOSTAL Mexico.

1978

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1978





KOSTAL around the world

Subsidiaries are established in the USA, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan.

1995

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1995

Treading new ground

Founding of the business divisions Automotive Electrical Systems, Industrial Electronics and Test Technology (SOMA GmbH) and founding of KOSTAL China, KOSTAL Italy and KOSTAL Czech Republic.

2006

2006

KOSTAL around the world

Founding of KOSTAL South Korea, KOSTAL Solar Electric, KOSTAL Ukraine and a joint venture with NTTF in India.

2010

2010

Handing over the baton

In 2010 the baton of responsibility is passed on to Andreas Kostal, the fourth generation of the founding family.

2012

2012

100 Years of KOSTAL

KOSTAL celebrates its 100th anniversary.