A market leader across the globe


Driven by passion

We have improved our ranking among the world’s top-five providers of automation solutions through ongoing healthy growth of our company and the expansion and consolidation of our market position in the various industry segments.

The business areas include mobility - especially powertrain, e-mobility, safety, components, ADAS, battery as well as commercial goods, consumer goods and healthcare. With its own Industry 4.0 solutions, PIA offers all customers the decisive advantage in the digitalization and networking of production.

The motor that drives us all at PIA is our passion for automation. In other words, united by teamwork, driven by passion.

Group of companies

Pia at a glance

  • 11 locations on 3 continents (Asia, Europe, North America), including eight production sites in China, Europe, USA, Canada and 3 service and engineering locations in Germany and Mexico
  • PIA develops customized solutions for four industries
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PIA – Another name for passion, inspiration, and ambition

PIA Automation – Our mission

To be your leading Partner In Automation. Worldwide.

Our entrepreneurial vision is to be the leading partner for the automation needs of our customers around the globe.

We achieve our ambitious targets of setting new standards in the digitized world through close collaboration with our customers across the globe with open dialog about technology, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency and with a responsible attitude to our employees, our suppliers, and our resources.


  • We deliver tailor-made automation solutions to the whole world.
  • We fulfill the widely varying needs and expectations of our customers with solutions from our strong product portfolio.
  • We lead the field in quality, reliability, and innovation.
  • We act responsibly toward our customers, our investors, and our social environment.

A powerful global network


Always close at hand

As one of the leading global automation specialists, PIA Automation pursues two strategic approaches: within the PIA network "Strategic Business Units" (SBUs) have been defined which act as centers of competence for specific topics - such as e-mobility or healthcare - and occupy the respective market segment as a technological leader.

However, we also associate a SBU with the responsibility of helping other locations with technological issues - which brings us to the second point: PIA's "local for local" principle. We can guarantee our customers not only automation expertise in various industries, but also that they can source their equipment and our services locally.

PIA Automation Holding GmbH is a fully owned subsidiary of the Joyson Holding Group.
It is comprised of the following companies:

  • Ningbo PIA Automation Holding Corp.
  • PIA Automation Austria GmbH
  • PIA Automation Amberg GmbH
  • PIA Automation Bad Neustadt GmbH
  • PIA Automation Canada Inc.
  • PIA Automation Croatia d.o.o.
  • PIAMEX Automation, S. de R.L.de C.V.
  • PIA Automation Service DE GmbH (Erfurt, Stuttgart)
  • PIA Automation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
  • PIA Automation US Inc.

Management PIA Automation Holding GmbH

The management of PIA Automation has set the vision for the group: "To be your leading Partner in Automation. Worldwide."
With passion, inspiration and ambition, we are getting one step closer to this ambitious goal every day.

Co-Chief Executive Officer (Co-CEO)

Thomas Ernst

Co-Chief Executive Officer (Co-CEO)

Shilai Xie

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Georg Weiler