BEI Kimco: Established leader in magnetics for motion control

  • Founded in 1974 as Kimco Magnetics
  • Acquired by BEI Technologies in 1984
  • Acquired in 2006 by Custom Sensors & Technologies
  • Design and manufacturing of electromagnetic components & systems
  • Headquarters: Vista, California
  • Production Manufacturing: Thousand Oaks and Vista, California and Otay, Mexico
  • Acquired in 2015 by Sensata Technologies

Founded in 1974, Kimco Magnetics is one of the original pioneers to commercialize products made with rare earth magnet materials. Kimco Magnetics was acquired in 1984 by BEI Technologies and was subsequently added to the business unit of Custom Sensors & Technologies in 2006. We have merged leading-edge capabilities and cost effective manufacturing know-how with highly personalized applications expertise. This combination has propelled BEI Kimco Magnetics into market dominance where we have remained a leading manufacturer of brushless DC motors and linear and rotary voice coil actuators. In that time, we have put thousands of BEI Kimco motors and actuators into products in markets ranging from medical and defense to laboratory and factory automation.

With a time-to-market as short as eight weeks, BEI Kimco has maintained innovative, high quality products and holds numerous electro-magnetic patents. At BEI Kimco, we never lose sight of the value of personal service, expert design engineering, and product innovation.


Optimizing Motion Control

At BEI Kimco, we integrate our expertise with customer requirements in motion control devices, providing direct drive actuation for applications from factory automation, to low-bandwidth torquers, ideal for gimbal drives, robotics and other stabilized platform applications. It means faster, quieter, more reliable devices for semiconductor and medical equipment where throughput and life itself are critical to success. We remain deeply committed to solving your application challenges through technological innovation.


​Answering Customer Demands

BEI Kimco is dedicated to taking technology to the limit. At our Business Development & Technology Center, we challenge ourselves to create innovative ways to meet new application needs. BEI Kimco has developed brushless DC motors to operate virtually noise-free, ideal for user confidence in quiet operating systems and patient care applications.