About PI

About Physik Instrumente (PI)

PI stands for peak technical performance and is considered a global market and technology leader in the field of precision positioning technology with accuracies down to nanometers. It is our aim to further extend our pioneering role to the world market and we have exactly what it takes. PI offers a technological spectrum and a vertical production range that are beyond competition worldwide. However, our most important concern is to continually inspire our customers with advanced positioning solutions.

General Management

General Management

PI Group
Dr. Karl Spanner
President of PI (CEO)
PI Group
Dr. Peter Schittenhelm
Managing Director Operations (COO)
PI Group
Norbert Ludwig
Managing Director Marketing & Sales (CMO)
PI Group
Markus Spanner
Managing Director Finance & Controlling (CFO)

Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Novel drive concepts, products and system solutions have led to a continuous growth in market shares of the PI Group and a healthy company development in the past years.

  • Altogether six production sites, four in Germany and two abroad
  • 15 subsidiaries in key markets
  • More than 860 employees worldwide
  • Ove 40 years of experience in piezo technology
  • Privately run company

Range of Technologies

Unique Range of Technologies

The technological range of the PI Group is unique in the world. PI develops, manufactures and qualifies all its core technologies itself. Thus PI is independent of components available on the market and offers individual solutions that go beyond the state of the art. The high degree of flexibility provides the customers of PI with significant competitive advantages.

>> Know-how and Technology

PI Technology Roadmap

Production Range / Capacity

Vertical Production Range and Production Capacity

The product range from a two-ton Hexapod to a 10-gram nanopositioner requires that PI disposes of the necessary equipment and technologies to manufacture, mount and qualify these systems.

  • 13.000 m² production area
  • 5.000 m² clean room for production
  • Climate and vibration-isolated measurement conditions
  • Vacuum technology
  • Metrology using traceable, external calibrated measurement devices
  • Monitoring of piezo actuator technology from material composition to final inspection
  • In-house production of position sensors
  • Heavy-load hall with lifting and rotating device
  • Organization in fractal manufacturing

Production Management

Production Management

Modern organizational forms and an integrated management system allow PI to guarantee the high quality of its products, processes and services:


PI Production Management

Certified Quality

Certified Quality

Integrated Management System (IMS) at PI

The PI Group aims at applying the same high quality, safety and environmental protection standards at every site all over the world. The Integrated Management System (IMS) reflects this commitment. Within this system, PI combines all quality management, environmental management as well as work and health management methods and policies in a uniform organizational structure and commits to comply with the specifications of the international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and the REACH regulation. Compliance with the requirements is documented, checked and monitored in the IMS. By utilizing synergies, the IMS helps to efficiently and continuously improve the processes, products and services of the PI Group.

ISO 9001 2000 01
ISO 14001 2004 01

Customer Information Concerning Article 33 (1) of the REACH Regulation

PI always places high demands on all of its products. This also implies not offering any products that are known to contain substances of high concern which affect the safe use of the products.

>> Customer Information on the REACH Regulation

Products Free of Hazardous Substances — Implementation of RoHS at PI

The EU (European Union) Directive 2011/65/EU, better known as RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) was transposed into German law by the Elektro- und Elektronikgeräte-Stoff-Verordnung (Ordinance on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment), known as “ElektroStoffV”. The objective is to contribute to environmental and health protection.

Naturally, Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG complies with the RoHS directive.

>> RoHS Statement

PI CIPA Certification

Hexapod from PI Obtains CIPA Certification for Use in Image Stabilization Test Equipment

The miniature and high-dynamics H-811 Hexapod is the only six-axis positioning system that meets the CIPA standard for simulating camera shaking when taking photographs.

>> Read more

>> Download certificate H-811

>> Download certificate H-840



PI Innovative Through Research

Innovative through Research

In 2014, the Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) awarded PI miCos und PI Ceramic with the "Innovative through Research" quality seal. With the award, the association recognized the efforts made by PI miCos und PI Ceramic in the further development of products and services.

LOGO Jobmotor

PI miCos was the Job Motor in 2014

"Very impressive growth!" was the phrase used by Klaus Endress, president of the German Association of Industrial Companies in Baden, to honor PI miCos GmbH as the winner of the Jobmotor 2014 contest.

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PI awarded Manufacturer of the year at the 2016 MCI Awards

The Motion and Control Industry awards runs alongside the Drives and Controls exhibition that is being held at the NEC in Birmingham (12th, 13th and 14th April) and it celebrates the best of the best in our industry.

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