When we developed the Galaxie®, we subjected drive concepts to a fundamental reassessment. The result: a brand new gearbox type. Its unique kinematics enable virtually full surface contact during power transmission. This means that the compact Galaxie® Drive Systems and gearboxes with hollow shaft achieve previously inconceivable performance data. These include extremely high torque density, torsional rigidity, smooth running, positioning accuracy and completely backlash-free operation.


The superiority of the gearbox type is based on three radically new ideas


A disruptive innovation

The scientific proof that Galaxie® is an independent gearbox class and its successful use in high performance engineering are rapidly establishing our invention as a firm fixture in research and teaching. We asked three professors to give us their expert opinion on the new gearbox class. There was unanimous agreement that Galaxie® is a revolutionary innovation. 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schaeffer

Head of the Laboratory of Multibody Dynamics within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at OTH Regensburg

Prof. Dr. Karsten Stahl

Head of the Institute of Machine Elements, Gear Research Centre (FZG) of the Technical University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fleischer

Director of Machines, Equipment and Process Automation at the Institute of Production Science (wbk) at KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Superior on principle

50% shorter cycle time through higher rigidity.
Dreiling Maschinenbau
40% increase in productivity due to low vibration.
Profiroll Technologies
Highest manufacturing quality with 10 % more dynamics.
Zero backlash unchanged after 5 years of use.
Profiroll Technologies
Hysteresis measurements during operation due to extensive sensor technology.
STAMA Maschinenfabrik


High-performance engineering applications

Much shorter feed-through times in lathes
Shorter rivet head decay times on riveting systems


Awards & Recognition

Superior gearboxes and drive systems

WITTENSTEIN galaxie develops and manufactures radically innovative gearboxes and drive systems based on a totally new functional design principle. With this unique expertise, we are the global leader in rotary mechatronic drive technologies.

These innovations help our customers designing machinery with vast performance parameters to secure their competitive core-advantages for the future. Our solutions enable products to  be manufactured in a particularly efficient and resourceful way. 

Tobias Burger, Managing Director of WITTENSTEIN galaxie GmbH

From an idea to a separate subsidiary


  • Work begins on the development of a fundamentally new gearbox concept.
  • The first patents are awarded.


  • The revolutionary gearbox is named Galaxie®. Its toothing with a logarithmic spiral resembles a galaxy in outer space.


  • First use of the new transmission in the SHEFEX II sounding rocket. Four Galaxie® gearboxes are key components of the flight control system.


  • Galaxie® is installed in cold rolling machines – the first time it has been used in an industrial application. The first gearboxes are still running smoothly.


  • Development of the first motor-gearbox systems.


  • Galaxie® is unveiled at the Hannover Messe.
  • The groundbreaking innovation wins the Hermes Award 2015.
  • First international customer project are launched.


  • The Innovation Award of the German Economy goes to Galaxie® WITTENSTEIN is the winner in the “Medium-sized companies” category.


  • Galaxie® is inducted into the “Circle of Excellence” of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2018, the Federal President’s award for Innovation in Science and Technology leading to application-ready products.


  • The research and academic communities recognize Galaxie® as an independent gearbox class. 
  • Expanded portfolio: Galaxie® is now available in 4 variants and 5 different sizes.


  • WITTENSTEIN galaxie GmbH is founded.

And the story is still continuing...