Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS


Building on its range of piezoelectric vehicle test sensors and crash barriers, the Kistler Group ( has taken over MSC Automotive GmbH ( in an all share transaction. The MSC products fit exceptionally well with the Kistler range of precision sensors that are widely used in motor vehicle testing.

Established in 1996, MSC Automotive GmbH has a workforce of 54 and is a leading supplier of crash dummy instrumentation systems and develops and manufactures associated force sensors and accelerometers. A second business unit (Service and Measurement Technology) carries out custom vehicle safety measurements and calibrates sensors and measuring systems, often directly in situ. In future, MSC products, previously sold mainly into the German market, will be distributed internationally in over 30 countries through the Kistler Group international sales network.
Announcing the acquisition of MSC Automotive GmbH, Kistler Group CEO, Rolf Sonderegger, described the take-over as an important step in strategic realignment of the Business Unit - Vehicles and said, "Our customers increasingly want comprehensive, turnkey systems and the opportunity to outsource services. The expanded product portfolio allows us to offer complete vehicle testing solutions from a single source. The takeover also makes it clear that Kistler is determined to strengthen the longer-term position of the group."

The MSC Automotive facility in Schwieberdingen near Stuttgart becomes the fifth Kistler Group production centre and will be managed by Dr. Thomas Wagner, Head of Kistler's Business Unit - Vehicles.
The takeover of MSC increases the Kistler Group workforce to almost 950.

Kistler Instruments Limited
Established in Wintherthur (Switzerland) in 1957, Kistler is represented in over 50 countries and has subsidiaries in Germany, France, Italy, UK, Japan, USA, China, Korea and Singapore. With a staff of more than 800, the Kistler Group is one of the world's leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation. The Kistler Group achieved turnover of 160 million Swiss Francs in the 2005 financial year.
Kistler's core competence is the development, production and use of sensors for measuring pressure, force and acceleration. Kistler's know-how and electronic systems can be used to prepare measuring signals for use in analyzing physical processes, controlling and optimizing industrial processes, improving product quality in manufacturing and improving performance in sports and rehabilitation.
Kistler offers a comprehensive range of sensors and systems for engine development, automotive engineering, plastics and metal processing, installation technology and biomechanics.
Heavy investment in research and development, 15% of staff worldwide are engaged in research and development, has generated a number of innovations using piezoelectric, piezoresistive and capacitive techniques to provide solutions to numerous force, pressure and acceleration measuring problems. These innovations include the world's first commercial quartz sensor, two-wire constant current technology to integrate sensors with microelectronic circuitry, high-temperature pressure sensors for use up to 400 Deg C and three-component force measuring sensors.


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Kistler Instruments Ltd.
13 Murrell Green Business Park, London Road, Hook RG27 9GR
Tel: +44 (0)1256 741550
Fax: +44 (0)1256 741551

February 2009

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