Research and Development
Innovation is crucial to our success as a technological company.

Research and Development

As a technological company, research and development (R&D) are essential elements within First Sensor's sphere of work. Innovation along with all activities associated with R&D are highly crucial for the future performance of the company. The aim is to ensure technological leadership and expend in key areas, while developing important products with unique selling propositions. First Sensor is a professional development partner here.

The innovation process at First Sensor covers many stages. Development projects are calculated using corresponding milestones based on R&D roadmaps. This involves both product and process innovations. In the innovation process, First Sensor cooperates not only with universities but also institutes outside universities as well as key customers. The aims of the research collaboration span a broad spectrum. Together with customers, First Sensor launches new developments on the market within the scope of joint projects. We work with research institutes and service providers on aspects such as shortening development times and the company group gains access to the latest specialist knowledge from research.

Our staff working in the Development departments are an important factor behind successful development. At the end of 2017, 94 employees (FTE) – 12 percent of the entire workforce – were employed in the area of R&D. Skills clusters were established for each key technology via a knowledge transfer extending across the whole company. Specialist employees work together across business units, thereby enhancing their innovative creativity and efficiency – a constellation with direct benefits for our customers.

Important R&D partners in the field of scientific institutes include:
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Elektronische Nanosysteme ENAS, Chemnitz
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS, Erlangen
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Modulare Festkörper-Technologien EMFT, München
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut HHI, Berlin
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration IZM, Berlin
  • Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, HTW Berlin
  • Institut für Mikro- und Informationstechnik der Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft e.V. (HSG-IMIT), Villingen-Schwenningen
  • Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik, Potsdam
  • Institut für Mikrosensoren, -aktuatoren und -systeme IMSAS, Bremen

First Sensor held a total of 39 patents, utility samples and trademark registrations at the end of 2017. However, this absolute number is not to be interpreted as an expression of the inventiveness manifest in the development departments. It is rather because First Sensor pursues a targeted application strategy. Patents are only filed if costs and benefits are in a reasonable ratio. At the same time, we assess the risk whether the disclosure associated with the patent application is not of more benefit to the competition than if an application were wavered.

First Sensor is one of the world's leading suppliers in the field of sensor systems and part of TE Connectivity. In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific solutions for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. Our goal here is to identify, meet and solve the challenges of the future with our innovative sensor solutions early on.
Investor Relations
Our investor relations activities aim at raising the international publicity of First Sensor AG and at consolidating and extending the perception of our share as an attractive growth stock. This means we keep our online communication transparent, comprehensive and continuous in order to enhance your trust in our share.
Tailored Solutions
In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
Innovation, excellence, proximity – these are our values, our ambition, our drive. Anything less is not an option. Our sensor solutions stand for technical innovation and economic growth. As such, they form the basis for the development and application of new technologies in almost all areas of life. We aim to shape this future together with you.

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