Endress Hauser AG

Endress Hauser is leading supplier of products, solutions and services for industrial process measurement and automation. We offer comprehensive process solutions for flow, level, pressure, analysis, temperature, recording and digital communications across a wide range of industries, optimizing processes with regards to economic efficiency, safety and environmental protection. The Group employs 13,000 personnel across the globe, generating net sales of 2.1 billion euros in 2015.

Company details

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
Over 1000

The history of Endress+Hauser

Growing from a small business to one of the largest instrumentation suppliers worldwide, Endress+Hauser has experienced both turbulent times and rampant growth. However, sustainable success has been at its core throughout.

1953 The company L. Hauser KG is founded in Lorrach, Germany, on 1 February 1953. It sells the Tektorand Telstor level meters made by the British company Fielden Electronics.

In 1953, two seemingly different men came together to set up a new company in a private apartment in Lörrach, Germany: One was the Swiss engineer Georg H Endress, just 29 years old, tall and strong; the other was 58-year-old German bank manager Ludwig Hauser, clearly older and slim in stature.

A strong team

However, these unlikely business partners proved to be a perfect match. Endress’ vision and Hauser’s caution proved to be the cornerstones of success. The young engineer clearly saw the opportunities that the new electronic level measurement technology had to offer. Until then, measured values had to be read and gauged by hand. The experienced banker took a careful approach to business and steered the company safely through the turbulent early years.

The early days

The starting capital of L Hauser KG was 2,000 Deutschemarks. The first ‘operating facility’ was in a room in Hauser’s apartment in Lörrach. Incidentally, the firm’s name came from Ludwig Hauser’s wife Luise: the entry in the commercial register of 10 February 1953 lists her as shareholder. The company first traded under the name Endress+Hauser in 1957.

Generation change

Georg H Endress led the company for four decades. He opened up new markets and fields of application, developing the company - specializing in level measurement and growing into a supplier of complete solutions for the processing industry. By 1995, when he handed the management of the company over to his second eldest son, Klaus, the backroom business had grown into a global company with 4,300 employees.

Enhancing product basket and company culture

Klaus Endress (born 1948) purposefully continued his father’s work and developed it, over time leaving his own managerial mark. He successfully met the challenges of a globalized world, recognizing the significance of services and solutions. Klaus Endress continued his commitment to a strong company culture and followed the strategy of sustainable growth.

Change at the top

On 1 January 2014, Matthias Altendorf (born 1967) took over as CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group from Klaus Endress, who became President of the Supervisory Board. Mr Altendorf promotes digitalization and applications for the Industrial Internet of Things and is further developing the offering in the field of laboratory and process analysis.

Endress+Hauser owns subsidiaries on all six continents. Today the Group employs a workforce of more than 13,000 employees in production, sales and services worldwide, generating net sales of more than 2,1 billion euros.

A powerful culture
Learn more about our unique values and principles

Family-owned businesses are different – and we are a typical family-owned business. We rely on robust values and follow clear principles. This attitude has grown into a very special corporate culture.

Our company magazine ‘changes’ gives you exciting insights into the world of Endress+Hauser

Hardly any other industry is driven to such a great extent by change and innovation as life sciences. The need to constantly develop new and better medications presents an enormous challenge. What does it take to stay at the top in this environment – and what role do partnerships play? We try to answer these questions in the Focus section of the new ‘changes’ magazine. You will see for yourself that most of the answers apply one way or another to many industries.


Innovations for health The life sciences industry requires in-depth understanding of illnesses to constantly develop new, better medications.

In constant flux Industry manager Klaus Köhler knows what drives the life sciences industry

Customer intimacy, Italian style Endress+Hauser Italy pays a lot of attention to export-oriented plant builders and engineering companies without neglecting smaller customers.

An eye for detail US company Cotter Brothers is one of the top specialists in the field of biopharmaceutical production systems.

Insatiable thirst Beverage producer San Benedetto repeatedly gained an edge on the competition by employing state-of-the-art process engineering.

“Our people’s spirit makes the difference” CEO Matthias Altendorf and Supervisory Board President Klaus Endress agree that trust leads to better results

Endress+Hauser held its own Facts and figures for the 2016 financial year

Our responsibility for people and the environment

As a family-owned business aiming for long-term success, we are aware of the importance of prudent corporate management. For us, economic growth goes hand-in-hand with ecological and social thinking. Our sense of responsibility extends to our customers, partners, employees and shareholders, as much as it does to the environment and to society at large.

How our customers can profit from our know-how

Endress+Hauser instruments reliably gather all of the information from the industrial process engineering processes that enable the customers to operate their plants economically and safely, to obtain optimum product quality and to protect human beings as well as the environment. But our competences go beyond the pure field instrumentation. You want to learn more about the capabilities of Endress+Hauser? We are going to constantly update this section.


Process safety with SIL instrumentation

Reliable measurement of critical process parameters sets the basis for safe processes. In order to make your processes safe, for us, in all that we develop and produce, safety comes first.

Process automation projects

Process automation projects - deliver your next project on time and within budget. Read how we handle your projects based on harmonized processes.


Safe data transmission and easy operation

Safe data transmission with Memosens - Reliable transmission of measurement data is key to keep your processes running smoothly. With Memosens we offer a technology for safe data transfer.