CTsystems is a high-tech start up located in the Zurich suburb Dübendorf, Switzerland.

The Dielectric Elastomer (DE) technology represents the fundament of the company's products and services. This technology results in novel polymer actuators, sensors and generators that enhance the product performance of various applications.


The company’s milestones

2000  |  Start of extensive research at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.
2007  |  Start of specific research on stacked DE technology.
2008  |  First prototype of a DE stack.
A team of dedicated experts investigated the feasibility of industrial applications and economical production methods.
2010  |  First automated lab production line.
2011  |  Foundation of CTsystems as a spin-off company of EMPA.
Start of development of a highly specialised small-scale production line.
2013  |  Production start for first customers.
2015  |  Final set-up of fully automated lab production line.
2018  |  Announcement of industrialization partnership with Datwyler Sealing Solutions
2019  |  CTsystems was converted into a stock corporation


CTsystems is the ever-first and only manufacturer of commercial DE stacks.

We are ready for further expansion.


The founding team

Dr. Gabor Kovacs | CEO

Gabor, born 1958, graduated as Dr. Dipl. Masch.-Ing. ETH at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Since 20 years, he has been working as researcher, senior researcher, group leader and head of lab Mechanical Systems Engineering at EMPA.

Lukas Düring | CTO

Lukas, born 1982, graduated as Master of Science ETH in Mechanical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Since 2007, he has been working at EMPA as researcher before founding CTsystems.