KOSTAL Automobil Elektrik GmbH & Co. KG

We are the world market leader for steering column and shift-by-wire modules, door control units and charge controllers (onboard chargers).

As an international family-owned company, headquartered in Lüdenscheid, Germany, KOSTAL operates 57 locations in 22 countries on 5 continents across all business divisions. In 2023, 19,900 employees generated sales of 3.6 billion euros, of which KOSTAL Automobil Elektrik accounted for 3.2 billion euros or 87%. It is the largest of four business divisions in the KOSTAL Group.

KOSTAL Automobil Elektrik develops innovative products together with OEMs to shape the future of the automotive industry. The success of this cooperation is reflected in KOSTAL’s position as the world market leader in significant and complex products such as steering column as well as shift-by-wire modules and door control units with a market share of >30%.

KOSTAL is shaping electromobility with over 4.5 million onboard chargers in the field.

Since its founding in 1993, KOSTAL Kontakt Systeme (KKS) has focused on the development and production of connectors, primarily for the automotive industry. With a mature system competence, a wide performance range, compact sizes and low weights, high variant diversity and favorable system costs, KKS products always guarantee a good connection with certainty.

KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik offers its customers innovative solutions in the three core product fields of photovoltaics, the INVEOR drive controller platform, and measurement and control electronics.

KOSTAL Solar Electric GmbH is a leading supplier of inverters and storage systems. In addition to the pure conversion of solar power, the focus is on storage and optimal use of self-generated solar energy. Thus, the product portfolio is supplemented by various monitoring solutions and a wallbox for charging electric vehicles.

Testing, automating, metering: these are the three core product fields of SOMA GmbH. As a system supplier, SOMA has been offering its customers testing and automation systems for mechatronic and electronic products for over 40 years.



Steering column and shift-by-wire modules, door control units, charge controllers




World wide: 19900

Germany: 3300

South Westphalia: 2600

Sales Volume

2023: 3600 Mio. €



Founding year


Introduction to automotive electrics


First foreign plant in Mexico


Structure of the electronics


Mechatronics becomes a strategic business field


The Automotive Electrics, Contact Systems, Industrial Electrics and SOMA Test Engineering divisions will become separate companies.


Foundation of KOSTAL Solar Elektric


Entry into electromobility


KOSTAL is a leading supplier of automotive battery chargers – now in its fourth product generation and in series production in large vehicle platforms


KOSTAL Automobil Elektrik GmbH & Co. KG
An der Bellmerei 10

Phone +49 2351 16 - 0

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