The Leister Group is a globally active Swiss technology group with headquarters in the canton Obwalden in central Switzerland.

The privately owned Leister Group has grown continuously for decades. It employs around 900 people on three continents. The export share is 98 percent and goes to more than 100 countries. The Leister, Weldy and Axetris brands are world-renowned. They stand for high-quality products with sophisticated technology, as well as reliable partnerships and outstanding customer benefits.

Our Brands


Quality for Reliability

With innovative ideas and extensive application knowledge, we develop modules, devices and machines for the world market. Our focus is always on functionality, ergonomics and attractive design. Our consistent process and quality management from the moment a product is an idea to the end of the product's service life. This ensures the Leister quality that has been known for decades. Leister stands for performance in premium products – around the clock and around the globe.


Affordable Functionality

Rounding out our product range with Weldy plastic welding equipment provides access to affordable, functional tools, especially in emerging markets. Weldy products and private labels with Weldy components are manufactured according to Leister standards for functionality and quality. They are sold worldwide and meet customer requirements simply.good.affordable. Weldy – the functional hot air devices for smaller budgets.


Puts Micro-Technology to Work

As an experienced and competent partner for customized applications, from concept to mass production, Axetris supplies OEM customers on three continents with MEMS-based gas sensors and micro-optical components. Well-founded application knowledge, leading technological competence, consistently high product quality and first-class customer support is what sets us apart. Axetris – Your reliable partner for a long-term relationship.

Board of Directors

The executive committee operates under the leadership of Christiane Leister, chairman of the board of directors. As a member of the ETH board, Christiane Leister is actively committed to science, along with strong research and innovation in Switzerland, among other mandates.


Christiane Leister

Chairperson of the Board


Beat Mettler

Member of the Board

Group Management

The Group Management, under the leadership of Group CEO Martin Zingg, is responsible for the strategic activities and sustainable development of Leister AG.

Facts and Figures


  • 1949 as a sole proprietorship

Legal structure

  • Group structure with 13 companies in 10 countries


  • 100% privately owned


  • Leister AG - Holding company of the Leister Group in Kaegiswil, Switzerland


  • 960 worldwide, more than 650 of these in Switzerland
  • 20 apprentices at the Swiss locations
  • 15 % of Leister Technologies AG work in research and development
  • 25 % of Axetris AG work in research and development

Export share

  • 98%


  • Kaegiswil and Sarnen, Switzerland
  • Shanghai, China


  • 8 national companies on three continents
  • 130 distributors with sales and service centers in 100 countries

Product portfolio

  • Components, systems, devices, machines