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Physik Instrumente (PI) at a Glance

The PI Group

Physik Instrumente (PI) is an internationally active group of companies focusing on precision positioning and piezo technology. For more than five decades, PI's products and technologies have been enabling customers to successfully complete motioning and positioning tasks, and implement actuator technologies and ultrasound applications with increasing precision and dynamics, hence pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In the process, accuracy of less than a millionth of a millimeter is achieved.

As a globally leading manufacturer of piezoceramic ultrasound and actuator technology components, and systems and subsystems for high-precision mechanical movements, the company focuses on four global markets:

  • Industrial Automation: Positioning, Dosing, and Measuring Solutions for a Precise, Fast, and Economic Production and Process Monitoring
  • Microscopy and Life Sciences: Innovative Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures with Precision Positioning, High-Speed Actuation, and Ultrasonic Solutions
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing: Positioning Solutions for Improving Throughput and Enabling the Next Technology Node in Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Photonics: Fast and Precise Active Alignment for Testing, Assembly, and Packaging in Numerous Photonics Applications
  • The company invests more than 9 % of their turnover in research and development, and is continuing to expand their technology and market leadership. In this way, today, PI is already working on the solutions of tomorrow in order to support customers in industry and research to master technological leaps and be successful in their markets.


PI is present in all of the important technology regions, with nine production sites; four of which are in Germany and others in USA, Israel, Japan and China. There are also innovation centers in Germany, China and the USA, as well as 16 international sales subsidiaries. The parent company is Physik Instrumente GmbH & Co.KG, located in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The family business is managed in the second generation by Markus Spanner as Chief Executive Officer.

An Overview of the PI Group

CEO: Markus Spanner

Headquarters: Karlsruhe, Germany

Founding year: 1970

Employees: 1,400 (ca.), 59 of which are dual students and apprentices

Turnover in 2021: 244.7 million EUR

R&D Share: 9.3 % of the turnover (average in German mechanical engineering: 4.1 %)

Number of patents: More than 400

PI worldwide:

  • Nine production sites (four in Germany and others in the USA, Israel, Japan and China)
  • Three innovation centers: Karlsruhe (Deutschland), Shenzhen (China), Fremont (USA)
  • 16 sales subsidiaries

The Management Board

Markus Spanner is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and responsible for the strategic development of the company and the brand.

As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Florian Geistdörfer is responsible for production, finances, digitalization, and human resources.

Stéphane Bussa is Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and responsible for sales and marketing.

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dr. Markus Czanta is responsible for innovation, scouting, and the technology and platform development.

Your Press Contact

Trade Press

Jenny Denzer
Marketing Project Manager
Tel.: +49 721 4846 1802

Business Press

Laura Früh
Corporate Communication Manager
Tel.: +49 721 4846 1215

Markus Wiederspahn
Content Marketing Manager
Tel.: +49 721 4846 1819