Philip Schermsal – CEO, Schmersal Group

Philip Schermsal knows all about keeping it in the family as he navigates his electronics manufacturing business through these tough times.

With a motto that reads “The DNA of Safety,” the Schmersal Group doesn’t mess about. Neither does CEO Philip Schmersal, the third generation of this family-owned business to lead its operational management since the company was incorporated 75 years ago.

“When it comes to machine safety, the only company you should have in mind is us,” he says.
Developing and producing a range of about 25,000 different switchgear and control devices, the Schmersal Group is one of the largest suppliers of safety switching devices in the world, offering system solutions for the automation and safety of machines and equipment.

An industry leader since conception, nobody innovates quite like Schmersal.

“Our aim is to become a one-stop shop, whether it’s safety, consulting, integration work, risk assessment or products, Schmersal does it all”

The Schmersal story begins after the Second World War when two brothers – Kurt Andreas and Ernst Schmersal – started manufacturing parts used in lift production. The duo then initiated the production of mechanical switching devices before expanding their product portfolio to include the first contactless magnetic switch. The rest, as they say, is history.

The company remains a family-run and family-owned business today. Philip held down several positions in the group before taking over from his father as CEO in 2010, while Schmersal Sr. stepped back into an advisory role. Today, Philip heads up a company of around 1,850 employees in more than 20 countries, who pioneer safety technology solutions, developing and producing a huge range of innovative components, systems, and solutions in the switchgear and control device space.

With seven manufacturing locations around the globe including Brazil, India, China, and Europe, the company has a strong international footprint comparative to its size, with standardised production across the board.

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