Our vision, "Our innovation and excellence are your success," expresses what we as a company are all about: Delivering the best performance to ensure the success of our customers. The key to our best performance lies in our many years of expertise and the know-how of the many companies that all work together under one umbrella. With this experience along the sensor system value chain, we develop sensor technologies for tomorrow’s markets.
The foundations for what is now First Sensor AG are laid in 1991. Silicon Sensor GmbH initially focuses on optoelectronic products such as laser and photodiodes before specializing in wafer production.
To ensure competitiveness in a highly segmented market by means of sound capital cover, we go public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange as Silicon Sensor International AG in July 1999. This marks the start of our transition from a startup to a medium-sized company.
In the year of the IPO, we establish the sales and production location Pacific Silicon Sensor, Inc. in Westlake Village on the west coast of the USA, thereby succeeding in entering the American market.
We purchase Lewicki microelectronic GmbH, a company established in 1967 that has thorough knowledge in the field of installation and interconnection technology and is an expert in power electronics.
The very positive experiences from joint projects undertaken for the automotive industry is a decisive factor in the acquisition of Microelectronic Packaging Dresden GmbH, established in 1996.
We establish the subsidiary Silicon Micro Sensors GmbH with a particular focus on products for the automotive industry.
The merger transforms a purely financial holding company into a strategically aligned industrial company with centralized sales, research, and development operations, as well as administration with a strong equity capital base.
The purchase of First Sensor Technology GmbH, established in 1999, serves to expand our expertise in the field of MEMS technology.
After 20 years of rapid development and expansion of services, the progress is celebrated with a new company name.
The acquisition of the Sensortechnics Group along with its subsidiaries in Germany and abroad is an important development with respect to the strategic alignment of First Sensor AG. The purchase enables First Sensor to cover the entire value chain, from sensor components and modules through to sensor systems across the various locations, and in doing so establish itself as a global supplier of high-quality, custom sensor solutions for renowned customers across a diverse range of industries.
The purchase of Sensortechnics GmbH, established in 1982, expands the First Sensor family with the three production locations Klay Instruments BV (established in 1978), ELBAU Elektronik Bauelemente Berlin GmbH (established in 1990), and the Canadian company Sensortechnics Corp. (established in 2003), as well as the sales subsidiaries Sensortechnics, Inc. in Mansfield (USA), Sensortechnics Scandinavia AB, Pressure & Flow Ltd. (UK), and ELBAU Singapore (FSG) Pte. Ltd.
The purchase of MEMSfab GmbH, established in 2004, significantly enhances the company’s expertise in the field of high-precision, MEMS-based inertial sensors (acceleration, inclination, and vibration sensors). There are plans to develop a range of new First Sensor products over the coming years based on the acquired patents and technology that enable measurements to be carried out with a degree of accuracy that far exceeds the average level.
As part of the consolidation of the First Sensor Group, Sensortechnics GmbH is merged with First Sensor AG.
To simplify the Group’s structural complexity, take advantage of synergies and reduce costs, MEMSfab GmbH, which was acquired in 2011, and ELBAU Elektronik Bauelemente Berlin GmbH, which was acquired along with the Sensortechnics Group, are merged with First Sensor AG. In order to ensure a uniform customer approach on the US sensor market as well, the two US companies – First Sensor, Inc. in Westlake Village on the west coast of the USA and Sensortechnics, Inc. in Mansfield on the east coast – are combined to form a joint sales unit. The joint name is First Sensor, Inc.
We establish the sales location First Sensor France SAS, headquartered in Paris, to further develop the market.
Financial year 2015 is all about the transformation of First Sensor AG: By renaming the various companies as part of a unifying concept and creating a new look for the corporate group, the ongoing integration of the different companies is also reflected externally.
In our jubilee year, we celebrate not only 25 years of FirstSensor, but also 250 years of experience of the First Sensor Group. If you add up the founding histories of all the sites and companies, you will get this impressive figure.
After the Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) announced in October 2018 that it is planning to sell its shares, First Sensor decided to actively participate in the search for a new investor with the help of Goldman Sachs. In May 2019, a suitable investor was found in TE Connectivity Sensors Germany Holding AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TE Connectivity Ltd.
After completion of the takeover offer, TE Connectivity Sensors Germany Holding AG is new major shareholder of First Sensor AG. Subsequently, the companies sign a domination and profit and loss transfer agreement and form a contractual group after approval by the Annual General Meeting. In the same year, the company sells its subsidiaries in the USA, Canada, France, the UK and the Netherlands to TE in order to leverage synergies as part of the integration process.
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