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Our history.
A success story that we are proud of.

About 20 years ago, Sateco made a name for itself as a pioneer with the introduction of silicone keypads in the automotive market and has been consistently evolving since then. Nowadays, we work on the groundbreaking silicone solutions of the future.

 
 
 
 
 
 
round variant

2020

Innovations

  • Market launch of the Rocker Metal Dome Keypad HA-MD-R
  • Moved Sateco Headquarters to Schwerzenbach, Switzerland
  • Relaunched Sateco Corporate Design
  • Co-founder Hanspeter Sauder steps down from the administrative board
Change of baton with racetrack in the background

2019

Generational change

  • Relocation and massive expansion of the Sateco Engineering Center in Guangzhou
  • Market launch of the Translucent Backlight Window STC-TR
  • Market launch of the Enhanced Metal Dome Keypad STC-MD-TR
  • Sateco XT AG was founded with headquarters in Schwerzenbach, Switzerland
  • Collaborated with CTsystems AG to industrialize the SXTA1 silicone actuator
  • Co-founder Hanspeter Sauder retires from business operations
black round silicone sensor SXTSC1

2017

Innovations

  • Moved Sateco USA LLC to Novi, Michigan and changed name to Sateco USA Inc.
  • Market launch of Low-noise Metal Dome Keypad STC-MD-LN
  • Developed the SXTSC1 capacitive silicone force sensor
  • Developed a coating line for silicone surfaces
production factory in Beihai

2016

Consolidation of market position

  • Founded Sateco K.K. in Tokyo, Japan
  • Fully took over the sales business in Hong Kong and the production factory in Beihai
  • Changed name to Sateco Hongkong and Sateco Beihai
  • Moved Sateco Holding AG to Baar, Switzerland
lab line Sateco Engineering Ltd. in Guangzhou, China

2015

Expansion in China and expansion to Eastern Europe

  • Founded Sateco Engineering Ltd. in Guangzhou, China
  • Opened the Sateco Sales Office in the Czech Republic
chinese flag with

2014

Expansion into China

  • Founded Sateco Suzhou Ltd., China
  • Took a majority stake in our Japanese collaboration partner in Hong Kong and the production factory in Beihai
  • Market launches of the Short-stroke Keypad STC-SSC and the Nickel Mesh Contact Pill STC-GRPN
  • Co-founder Alex Häusler passed away
blue/white/red French flag

2012

Expansion to southern Europe

  • Opened the Sateco Sales Office for Southern Europe in France
strategic decisions

2011

Strategic decisions

  • Founded Sateco Holding AG with headquarters in Risch-Rotkreuz, Switzerland
  • Took a stake in our Japanese collaboration partner
anthracite round Metal Dome Keypad STC-MD

2010

Groundbreaking technology

  • Opened the Sateco Sales Office DACH
  • Developed Metal Dome Keypad STC-MD, not just for mechanical switches but also for touchpanels
taking root in Asia

2008

Taking root in Asia

  • Founded Sateco Asia Ltd. as a hub in Hong Kong
light grey oval double detent keypad STC-SINA

2005

Innovations

  • Market launch of the Double-stroke Keypad SCT-SINA for, e.g. window regulators and steering wheels
  • Market launch of the Contact Pill STC-GPR for very low contact resistances
  • Market launch of keyboards with through-hole plating
Looking over the shoulder of a lab technician at a test device

2003

Initial successes

  • Expanded the Nänikon test laboratory into a research and development center
  • Supplied keypads in all the switches of the Mercedes E-Class
  • Founded Sateco USA LLC in Minnesota
  • Market launch of the Low-resistance Contact Pill STC-LR
  • Developed a keypad with integrated ESD shielding
development

2001

Development

  • Established a quality-assurance test laboratory with its own machines designed in-house in Nänikon, Switzerland
  • Focused on the automotive market
  • Gradually expanded to other automotive markets in Europe and the U.S.
company founding

1999

Company founding

  • Sateco AG, headquartered in Nänikon, founded by Hanspeter Sauder and Alex Häusler
  • Collaborated with a Japanese production partner
  • Pioneer in introducing the first silicone keypads in the European automotive market

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