20 years of ELESTA
Until the 1980s, ELESTA stood for Swiss innovation in electromechanics and electronics. When the new ELESTA relays GmbH was founded in March 1997 from the legacy of the "old" ELESTA Elektronik AG, the company concentrated on the production of relays with forcibly guided contacts. Later on, the business areas for customer-specific development and production services as well as the sensor technology division were added.
What began in 1997 with around a dozen employees and the production of a few relays became a success story. A milestone was the 5000 m2 new construction of a modern production building with more than 300 employees, completed in 2008. In the middle of Europe, one of the most innovative manufacturers of relays was able to establish itself successfully worldwide.
Other product innovation milestones include the smallest, most energy-efficient and flattest relay. The small SIS 212 relay was awarded the innovation prize of the SME Primus in 2005. A success factor of today's company is the implementation of the philosophy of Lean Management, increasing efficiency and combating waste in the company. ELESTA 2012 was awarded the "Swiss Lean Award"for this achievement.
Today, our range of services includes relays with forcibly guided contacts with 25 basic series as well as the product areas optical miniature encoders and the development and production of customer-specific sensors for functional safety. That's why we changed our name from ELESTA relays GmbH to ELESTA GmbH in 2013.
In the spring of 2018, the foundation stone for another production building is to be laid at the location in Bad Ragaz. The extension building is located directly next to the company headquarters. "The continuous growth of the three product areas makes it essential to expand production capacities", says Managing Director Harald Förster.
The new building is planned according to lean principles, which define the structural framework for ELESTA's award-winning production and management concept.
We expect further strong growth in the coming years. The number of employees is expected to rise in the coming years. ELESTA GmbH offers a wide range of activities, from assembly works to demanding tasks in the development and production of functional safety and administration products. Future orientation is also reflected in the further training of specialists and offers for interns, graduates and trainees.
ELESTA shows that with well-trained, motivated employees and a well thought-out production and management concept, maximum competitiveness can be achieved.