ASTOTEC - astonishing technologies

ASTOTEC is an Austrian industrial and technology company with a global presence and outlook. With a rich history spanning more than 160 years, we have successfully positioned ourselves in niche markets worldwide.

2022 Expansion to China

Astotec Automotive started 2022 the process of establishing ASTOTEC´s first China entity. With this new manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China, Astotec Automotive can provide locally produced products to its customers based in China.

2021 New brand strategy

On 1 October 2021, the company adopts the new ASTOTEC brand and a new slogan to reflect its shared vision: FUTURE POWERED BY EXCELLENCE.

2019 Expansion to the Czech Republic

The group expands its market position with the purchase of Czech firm Astotec Automotive Czech Republic (formerly PATVAG). The Brankovice site has been manufacturing high-quality igniters for automotive safety systems since 1993.

2009 Pyrotechnic Solutions

Astotec Pyrotechnic Solutions (formerly called Schaffler, founded in 1902) is integrated into the group. Since 1917, the Winzendorf site has designed and produced fuseheads for electric and electronic igniters and components for blasting applications.

2001 Expansion to Hungary

Opening of a production plant and the founding of Astotec Automotive Hungary in Pápa, Hungary.

1996 New ownership

The Schuster family takes over the business and pushes ahead with expanding the product portfolio.

1993 Automotive

The company’s entry into the civilian sector provides the early foundations for today’s subsidiary Astotec Automotive. In particular, its innovative pyrotechnic expertise finds uses in automotive safety and mining.

1860 Founding

ASTOTEC (known as Hirtenberger at the time) is founded by Serafin Keller in the district of Hirtenberg. Until the end of the last century, its business operations focus on metal processing and ammunition manufacturing.