KOSTAL Zahlen, Daten und Fakten

KOSTAL in numbers

  • Gründung
    Founding year: 1912
  • Umsatz
    €2,564 million turnover in 2017
  • Mitarbeiter
    18,000 employees worldwide
  • Forschung
    R&D investment equates to 8% of turnover
  • Standorte
    46 locations in 21 countries on 4 continents

Business development

In 2017, KOSTAL achieved a turnover of €2,564 billion, of which €2,12 billion or 83% was attributable to the KOSTAL Automotive Electrical Systems.

According to issue 15/2017 of Automotive News, the leading newspaper in the industry, KOSTAL is in 79th place among automotive suppliers with the highest turnover worldwide.

KOSTAL in comparison

The company employs 17,946 staff members, of whom 81% work at locations outside Germany. This corresponds to the capacity of the “Westfalenhallen” arena complex in Dortmund. KOSTAL is represented on 4 continents with 46 locations in 21 countries, making it a true global player. 
In 2017, 240 million KOSTAL products were supplied to customers, of which 33 million were Electronic Control Units, 52 million were Mechatronic Modules and 152 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 20 million steering column modules were sold: in other words, almost every fourth car was equipped with a KOSTAL steering column module. According to the German Association of the Automotive Industry, 85 million passenger cars were manufactured worldwide in 2017. KOSTAL products worth €25 were installed in every vehicle on average. 
KOSTAL invests more than 6% of its turnover into research and development, whereas the industry average is 3% (source: Automotive News, issue 15/2016). With an average of 6.4% of turnover, these investments continuously exceed depreciation and write-downs.