Festo is a German industrial control and automation Company based in Esslingen Am Neckar, Germany. Festo is an engineering-driven company that sells pneumatic and electric transducers primarily to the automation industry.

    Festo was founded in 1925 by Gottlieb Stoll and Albert Fezer. Initially it manufactured wood cutting tools and later diversified into the automation industry. In 2000 its portable power tool activities were spun off into an independent company, Festool.

    Today Festo are based the world over thus the company has expanded to 250 branches in 61 countries worldwide. The company is now a world leading provider of automation technology.

    Festo also offers Engineering Services via its Customer Solutions department. These "solutions" range from simple assemblies and kits, to full automation solutions utilizing Festo and third party components. Typical tasks include custom machine design and process automation.

    Festo currently has links with universities, institutes and development companies through their Bionic Learning Network program. They are using this to explore ideas and initiatives which go beyond the core business of automation and didactics and may lead to future products and product areas, currently these projects involve their new line of pneumatic actuators. Some of these projects are the Aqua Jelly, Aqua Penguin, the Aqua Ray, Airic’s arm, Airacuda, and SmartBird.

Festo has been awarded the following certifications:

  • ISO 9001 in 1990
  • VDA 6.4 in 2000
  • ISO 14001 in 2004