CTO // Festo AG & Co. KG
Frank Melzer has over 25 years’ experience in high-tech technology driven markets. His experience includes founding very successfully a high-tech business in the smart phone market, managing driver assistance and automated driving business and digitizing the industry space. He currently serves as CTO for Festo, a world leader in industrial automation. Currently he is also chairman of the industry board of the German Platform Industry 4.0.
The Festo Group
A responsible family-owned company and a global player in digitalization. Festo, the world’s leading supplier of automation technology and technical education, is deploying its products and services to meet the challenge of smart production for the future in the course of digitalization. Established in 1925, the independent family-owned company based in Esslingen a.N., Germany, has been a driving force in automation for over 60 years and with its unique range of offers has become the world market leader in technical education. 300,000 customers worldwide in factory and process automation put their trust in the company’s pneumatic and electric drive solutions. In addition, Festo Didactic provides state-of-the-art training solutions for industrial companies and educational institutions throughout the world. The Festo Group registered sales of around €3.1 billion in the 2017 financial year and is represented worldwide at 250 locations throughout the world with a total of 20,100 employees. 8% of its annual turnover are invested in research and development.