Two anniversaries for Crystop GmbH
35 years of Crystop – 25 years of AutoSat – Already thinking of tomorrow
The company Crystop GmbH, which made its name in the motorhome sector with its AutoSat product, was founded in 1980 under the name Crystop Display Gesellschaft für Anzeigesysteme mbH. Its stated activity at that time was to develop, manufacture and market display systems. Those display systems are today’s indispensable LCDs which, at the time, were still developed and produced in Germany, or more specifically in Karlsruhe.
Crystop was, and still is, a specialist in the development of customised electronics. Crystop’s many developments included image processing systems for quality control, electronic developments for automotive manufacturers and the pharmaceuticals industry, timing systems for irrigation equipment and photo studios.
The company took its first steps in the motorhome sector in the late 1980s. Electronic surveillance systems were developed and produced for a number of well-known manufacturers. Then, in May 1991, the first fully automatic satellite system was presented at the Clou Liner rally hosted by Niesmann + Bischoff in Saarbrücken, Germany. From the outset, the AutoSat name stood for reliability and ease of operation. Those first AutoSat systems are still in use today. That presentation was given on a beer table and made a great impression because fully automatic satellite receivers in motorhomes were a complete novelty at the time. In the same year, the presentation was also given at the Caravan Salon, which at the time was still held in Essen. The AutoSat was set up on a small, folding camping table at which the present-day Managing Directors Dipl.-Ing. Martin Nierlich and Ronny Sing were proudly seated.
Then, as now, Crystop placed great value on developing, designing and manufacturing “close to home”, thus safeguarding valuable jobs and, at the same time, producing a constant flow of dazzling innovations. The capability to upgrade an AutoSat system from analogue to digital in an inexpensive and straightforward way is a supreme example of this.
Another milestone in the company’s 35-year history was the development, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Research and Development, of a fast and inexpensive satellite broadcast system for the advanced Ka-band. This has enabled new markets to be opened up in the broadcasting and security sectors.
A customer focus and a highly praised service combined with constant innovation are the keys to the company’s success.