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Change of Generation at Fritsch GmbH

Feb 12 2020 Read 406 Times

After almost 40 years as managing director of Fritsch GmbH, Robert Fritsch was bid farewell on his retirement on 1st January 2020. He looks back on times of modernisation, economic growth and success.

In 1920 the medium-sized family business was founded in Idar-Oberstein as a technical precious stones dealer by Max and Alfred Fritsch. After the Second World War Willi and Paul Fritsch, sons of Alfred Fritsch, took over the management.

The second generation of the company, they were looking for new business ideas as more and more synthetic materials found their way into the application area of Fritsch. Soon it became clear to focus on the niche market of application-oriented laboratory instruments for sample preparation and particle sizing. This specialisation led the laboratory instrument manufacturer to success: Since the mid-1950s, Fritsch has been one of the leading manufacturers in this field. The first patent application for a fully automatic Planetary Mill followed in 1962. In the following years Fritsch continued to grow steadily, whereupon the construction of a production hall in Georg-Weierbach 1973 and later the complete relocation of the administration followed.

The third generation was characterised by Robert Fritsch, son of Paul Fritsch, who took over the management in 1982. The breakthrough in high-tech particle sizing was achieved with the Laser Particle Sizer ANALYSETTE 22 under the leadership of him. Since then research, development and production have continued steadily. Further patents in the fields of sample preparation and particle sizing followed and a new production hall was opened in 2014.

For the 100th anniversary, the 4th generation takes over the management: Maximilian and Sebastian Fritsch, just as their father, grandfather, great uncle, great grandfather and great grand uncle showed them. Maximilian Fritsch, who came to the company after completing his apprenticeship as an IT-manager in 2009, will in future work as Commercial Manager. Sebastian Fritsch, who has been working in the sales department of Fritsch for over 10 years, is now the new Managing Director.

The brothers have set themselves a goal to expand further and to lead the company as well as the team to a successful future.

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