Festo produces and sells pneumatic and electrical control and drive technology for factory or process automation. Established in 1925, the independent family-owned company based in Esslingen a.N., Germany, has been a driving force in automation for over 60 years and with its unique range of offers has become the world market leader in technical education. 300,000 customers worldwide in factory and process automation put their trust in the company’s pneumatic and electric drive solutions. In addition, Festo Didactic provides state-of-the-art training solutions for 56,000 industrial companies and educational institutions throughout the world. The Festo Group is represented at 250 locations throughout the world with a total of 20,000 employees. 8% of its annual turnover are invested in research and development.
Biography Jan Koudijzer
After my graduation as a mechanical engineer at the Delft University of Technology, I worked my whole life in robotics/mechatronics and Industry 4.0 topics. The first 10 years at the CIM Centre Delft (owned by TU Delft, Siemens and Andersen Consulting) and the last 25 years at Festo.