KOSTAL - Sustainable by tradition


For us, having been a family-owned company for a number of generations means knowing our roots, our capabilities, our desires and our links to each other.

Having been a family-owned company for more than 100 years is of particular significance to KOSTAL: the actions of the company and our staff are based on shared values, a strong connection, loyalty between the company, the Kostal family and staff and a long-term, sustainable focus for all our activities.

For the KOSTAL Group, these activities cover the development of high-quality electronic, electromechanical and mechatronic solutions for a wide range of automotive and industrial applications.
The company is split into four business divisions: Automotive Electrical Systems, Industrial Electronics, Connectors and SOMA (Test Technology), which together achieve a turnover of € 3.3 billion. Founded in 1912 by Leopold Kostal in Lüdenscheid, Germany, the group has grown continuously and today employs over 19,100 members of staff at 46 sites in 20 countries on five continents.

The KOSTAL Group’s partners include the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and numerous major industrial companies.

KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik

With the founding of KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik in 1995 under the umbrella of the KOSTAL Group, the stage was set for providing broad expertise from the automotive sector to additional markets, such as drive technology.

Based in Hagen, Germany, the leading power electronics firm employs over 520 members of staff in development, production and administration.
To boost international photovoltaics sales, the KOSTAL Solar Electric GmbH subsidiary was founded in Freiburg in 2006.

Aerial view of KOSTAL company building in Hagen, Germany
KOSTAL company building with photovoltaics in Hagen, Germany
As a family-owned company, it is important to us that a sustainable and long-term approach is taken to everything we do. One of our company values is: "building the future today".
We are fully aware that we need to conserve our environment and use resources sparingly and carefully if we are leave the next generations a future worth living in. But here are KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik we don’t just talk the talk, we deliver on our promises too. Our products are deployed firstly for the generation of clean, renewable power and secondly for sustainable, efficient energy use.

One family-owned company - three business units 

We are a diversified company, operating in numerous target markets and sectors.
The idea of "Thinking and acting with the market in mind" shapes what we do as this is the only way of understanding our customers’ needs and using this knowledge to derive the best product solutions. For the company to be flexible enough and be able to respond perfectly, KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik is split into three business units.

KOSTAL company building in Hagen, Germany

Smart connections

For us, "Smart connections." isn't just the philosophy which guides our actions, it is also a promise to our customers. 

Our philosophy

Our "Smart connections." brand philosophy perfectly represents what our company and our products stand for. "Smart" thereby expresses the rational components, such as our technical expertise and our innovative product fields. "Connections" on the other hand stands for emotional factors perceived as especially beneficial, such as the KOSTAL family with its attributes of human values, trust and tradition.

Our brand promise

However, "Smart connections." also represents a brand promise that we make to our customers, because behind this promise lies our four competitive advantages of the KOSTAL family, partnership based on symbiosis, quality-offensive thinking and shaping the future. This is how we establish useful connections between people and for people in their specific living environments. For many years, this brand promise has made us a reliable business partner and will continue to be one in the future. Against the background of a company history dating back over 100 years and the countless experiences this has brought us, we are able to anticipate future market needs and offer appropriate product solutions.