The company employs 20,000 staff members, of whom 83% work at locations outside Germany. This corresponds to the capacity of the “Kölnarena” in Cologne. KOSTAL is represented on 4 continents with 46 locations in 21 countries, making it a true global player.
In 2018, 280 million KOSTAL products were supplied to customers, of which 38 million were Electronic Control Units, 39 million were Mechatronic Modules and 195 million were Switch Panels & Switches. If we assume a width of 20 cm per part, KOSTAL products would easily stretch around the Equator (40,075 km) when lined up end to end.
In the past year, more than 25 million steering column modules were sold: in other words, 30% of all cars were equipped with a KOSTAL steering column module. According to the German Association of the Automotive Industry, 84 million passenger cars were manufactured worldwide in 2018. KOSTAL products worth €27 were installed in every vehicle on average.
In 2018 KOSTAL invests nearly 9% of its turnover into research and development. With an average of 6.6% of turnover, these investments continuously exceed depreciation and write-downs.