The family owned company Sensor-Technik Wiedemann (STW) is ready to face the future with a new group structure and a successful handover to the next generation.
Together with the sister company Kaufbeurer Mikrosysteme Wiedemann (KMW), the 30+ year success story will continue under the umbrella of the Wiedemann Holding GmbH & Co. KG. Sonja Wiedemann, daughter of the company founders and managing director in the Wiedemann Group since 2013, takes over the majority of the shares in the holding company.
Founded in 1985 by Katharina and Wolfgang Wiedemann, STW began developing and manufacturing pressure measurement systems, but soon moved into electronic controls for mobile machines. In 1994, KMW was founded for the production of thin-film pressure cells, an essential component for high quality pressure sensors. Today, the group’s portfolio includes electronic products and software solutions for the digitization, automation and electrification of mobile machines and special solutions for mechanical and industrial applications.
With over 500 employees, STW is one of the leading medium-sized companies in southern Germany and in 2018 generated sales of over €80 million. By focusing on long-term economically and technically relevant topics such as the Internet of Things, autonomous driving and operations and e-mobility, it continues on a reliable growth course. Examples of STW solutions include controlling complex construction and agricultural machinery, remotely monitoring exhaust aftertreatment systems in public transport, ensuring fuel cell vehicles can be safely refuelled and providing electric drives for vehicles and machines and the corresponding infrastructure.
In 2018, the controlling majority of the holding company's shares were transferred to Sonja Wiedemann. Wolfgang Wiedemann has taken over the chair of the holding’s advisory board. Werner Sill, previously chairman of the advisory board, will change to the management of the holding and manage the group’s business alongside Sonja Wiedemann.
This new structure ensures that the group of companies will continue to be run as a family business with the strong identification between employees and the company being a major contributor to a successful future.
Katharina and Wolfgang Wiedemann continue to hold a minority share in the group of companies. They will continue to work as consultants to the group in the future and dedicate more time to their honorary and charitable projects.
As an internationally active company, we stand for the digitization, automation and electrification of mobile machines for over 30 years. With generic or customer-specific products, systems and solutions developed and manufactured at our headquarters in Germany, we support our customers with innovative technology on their way to making their machines the best in the world.
Supplemented by partner products and accompanied by our training, support and system teams, we help medium-sized companies and large OEMs to increase the performance and efficiency of their machines and increase safety. Through communication between machines, connectivity with our cloud platform and additional partner services, we enable the integration of mobile machines into business processes.
As a medium-sized, internationally active company based in Bavaria, we are a leading supplier of sensors using highly developed thin-film technology. Based on their accuracy, stability, reliability, economy and versatility, KMW sensors record data in the control and safety systems of many industrial applications.
As digitization and system integration progress faster and faster, the demands on the performance and economy of KMW sensors are also growing. KMW has set itself the goal of supporting customers in mastering the challenges of digitization.