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Attention: Notice of counterfeit products

We have noticed that counterfeits or replicas of our actuators have been or are being circulated – especially through online channels such as Ebay, AliExpress, Alibaba, etc.

The counterfeit or replica actuators do not meet the requirements for active pedestrian protection relevant for certification. Nevertheless, they are pyrotechnical counterfeit products which may pose a risk of uncontrolled activation.

We must therefore point out to you that installation via our official authorised partners is the only safe way to obtain, exchange, etc. our original products!

Our company does not sell any of its products through the internet!

The packaging used to ship these replicas also does not comply with the legal requirements regarding the transport of pyrotechnical goods. These look almost exactly like our original products, which makes it very difficult to distinguish the counterfeits from our original products. There is danger of explosion and fire!

We ask you to beware of counterfeits, as we are not in a position to assess suspicious products, ensure their safety or exchange them for original products.

Please also note that we cannot accept or take responsibility for any damage, problems or defects caused by counterfeit products.

We make every possible effort to remove counterfeits from the market, including taking legal action.

Nevertheless: please be vigilant against counterfeit products!

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ASTOTEC is an Austrian industrial and technology company with a global presence and outlook. With a rich history spanning more than 160 years, we have successfully positioned ourselves in niche markets worldwide.

2022 Expansion to China

Astotec Automotive started 2022 the process of establishing ASTOTEC´s first China entity. With this new manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China, Astotec Automotive can provide locally produced products to its customers based in China.


2021 New brand strategy

On 1 October 2021, the company adopts the new ASTOTEC brand and a new slogan to reflect its shared vision: FUTURE POWERED BY EXCELLENCE.

2019 Expansion to the Czech Republic

The group expands its market position with the purchase of Czech firm Astotec Automotive Czech Republic (formerly PATVAG). The Brankovice site has been manufacturing high-quality igniters for automotive safety systems since 1993.

2001 Expansion to Hungary

Opening of a production plant and the founding of Astotec Automotive Hungary in Pápa, Hungary.

1996 New ownership

The Schuster family takes over the business and pushes ahead with expanding the product portfolio.

1993 Automotive

The company’s entry into the civilian sector provides the early foundation for today’s subsidiary Astotec Automotive. In particular, its innovative pyrotechnic expertise finds uses in automotive safety.

1860 Founding

ASTOTEC (known as Hirtenberger at the time) is founded by Serafin Keller in the district of Hirtenberg. Until the end of the last century, its business operations focus on metal processing and ammunition manufacturing.