The PI Group

PI stands for technical excellence and continuous advance in precision positioning – driven by the passion for technology and its use in customer applications.

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

The target of the PI Group is to develop this market and technological leadership even further and therefore secure a decisive competitive advantage for its customers.

The high vertical range of manufacturing enables PI to have complete control over its processes and this allows flexible reaction to market developments and new requirements. Modern organizational forms such as the fractal production model guarantee efficient production for batch sizes of just one, small series, and also OEM products in large quantities.

PI has its own sales and service offices in all important markets. Moreover, the company maintains testing devices for nanometrology on three continents. PI China and PI USA have additional development and manufacturing resources that allow rapid local reaction to custom-engineered specifications.

PI in Brief

Nine production sites altogether, four in Germany and five overseas
More than 1000 employees worldwide
15 subsidiaries in key markets
Privately run company
More than 400 patents and patent applications
More than 50 years of experience in piezo technology

Sales and Staff Development

The PI Group achieved an annual turnover of 192.5 million Euros in the fiscal year 2020. 

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General Management


Lightwave Innovation Review 2017

“High-speed, closed-loop nanopositioners with 100-µm travel in each direction combined with a long-travel positioner with an optional hexapod for automatic angular optimization. The overall performance of this fast alignment system for silicon photonics probing is very impressive and features 2-nm positioning resolution and fine alignment times of less than 2 seconds." This is why PI's Fast Multi-Channel Alignment System was honored with the 2017 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Award, which is presented for unique solutions in optical communications.

Excellent System from PI for Fast, Multi-Channel Alignment Tasks in Photonics

In conjunction with silicon photonics, the demand for precision in the nanometer range as well as high throughput during testing and production of chips is increasing. PI (Physik Instrumente) offers an innovative solution for those applications and was nominated in the category Analytical/Test as one of the 100 most innovative technological developments of 2016.

The fast, multi-channel fiber alignment system is based on a hybrid drive, that combines the classical servo motors with the high-dynamic and nanometer precision piezoelectric drives. This is controlled by a digital motion controller with integrated scanning and alignment routines designed for fast adjusting processes. The prize is awarded each year by the editors of the R&D magazine.

PI Awarded Manufacturer of the Year

The Motion and Control Industry awards runs alongside the Drives and Controls exhibition that was held at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) in Birmingham (12th, 13th and 14th April).

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Innovative through Research

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

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.