Our History

Who is interested in history? We are! Because our history is the foundation for our strengths, our expertise and our powers of innovation.

The history of the KOSTAL family company begins as far back as 1912 and we have been partners with the automobile industry since 1927. The development and manufacture of electrical plug connectors for automobiles, KOSTAL Kontakt Systeme's core business, started in 1938.

Many inventions and patents such as the 1.2 mm contact system have appeared on the path to the present day. With the increasing diversification of the KOSTAL Group, the contact systems division was created in 1993 and in 2004 this became the independent company "KOSTAL Kontakt Systeme GmbH & Co. KG".

  • Family
  • Growth
  1. 1993

    Initial establishment

    The contact systems business division is established. A start is made on bringing together the locations and organisations of all the business divisions

  2. 2004

    The business divisions are split

    The contact systems division is separated and becomes an independent company within the Group

  3. 2005


    The company moves into new premises in Hagen, Germany.

  4. 2009

    The Czech Republic

    KOSTAL Kontakt Systeme GmbH takes over the KOSTAL production plant in Čenkov near Prague in the Czech Republic

  5. 2010


    The US subsidiary company KOSTAL Kontakt Systeme, Inc. is established in Rochester Hills, Michigan


    A new plant is established at Timberg near Lüdenscheid, Germany, including significant extensions (including high-bay stores) and transfers from the Hagen plant.

  6. 2012


    The Dresden-Merbitz plant is established.

    Centenary celebrations

    KOSTAL's centenary is celebrated at the new plant in Timberg, Germany

  7. 2013


    The Chinese subsidiary Kostal (Shanghai) Kontakt Systeme Co. Ltd. is established

  8. 2017

    Expansion of the Timberg location

    Further expansion of the Timberg plant near Lüdenscheid, Germany to accommodate all the operations previously located in the Wiesenstrasse premises in Lüdenscheid

    Production plant in the Czech Republic

    Expansion of the production plant at Jince in the Czech Republic

  9. 2018

    Expansion in China

    Expansion of production capacity in China

A family company with history behind it

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