About Sick

SICK AG’s company profile

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At a glance

Founded in 1946, the company now has more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as numerous agencies around the globe. SICK achieved Group sales of about EUR 1.5 bn. in the 2017 fiscal year with almost 9,000 employees worldwide.

The perfect basis for your automation: SICK sensors

From factory automation to logistics automation and process automation, SICK is one of the leading sensor manufacturers. As a technology and market leader, SICK provides sensors and application solutions that create the perfect basis for controlling processes securely and efficiently, protecting individuals from accidents, and preventing damage to the environment.

1946

The company known today as SICK AG is born:
Erwin Sick obtains a license from the American military government in Munich to set up his own engineering firm.
1952
Presentation of the first marketable accident prevention light curtain at the International Machine Tool Trade Fair in Hanover. The orders that followed led to the initial serial production and the economic breakthrough.
1956
The company moves to Waldkirch, Germany with its 25 employees.
 
1972
The first subsidiary is founded in France.
1975
The company expands overseas with the founding of a subsidiary in the USA.
1988
Erwin Sick dies at the age of 79. Gisela Sick takes over from her husband and leads the company as its primary shareholder.
1996
Erwin Sick GmbH changes its company status to an “Aktiengesellschaft” or joint stock company.
1999
The first employee shares are issued domestically and abroad.
2006
SICK celebrates its 60th anniversary.
2017
SICK now has more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as numerous agencies around the globe. SICK achieved Group sales of about EUR 1.5 bn. in the 2017 fiscal year with almost 9,000 employees worldwide.