After almost 40 years as managing director of FRITSCH GmbH, Robert Fritsch bid farewell and retired on 1st January 2020. He looks back on times of modernization, 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.
FRITSCH & Co as technical precious stones trade. Image Credit: FRITSCH
As the second generation of the company, they were looking for a new business idea, because more and more synthetic materials were finding their way into the application area of FRITSCH. Soon it became clear that they needed to focus on the niche market of application-oriented laboratory instruments for sample preparation and particle sizing.
This specialization 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.
Maximilian and Sebastian Fritsch. Image Credit: FRITSCH
The third generation was characterized 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 his leadership. 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. FRITSCH has stood for Quality “Made in Germany” for over 100 years and is one of the leading manufactures in the field of milling, sieving, dividing and sizing.
For the 100th anniversary, the 4th generation has taken over the management, Maximilian and Sebastian Fritsch, just as their father, grandfather, great uncle, great grandfather and great-granduncle showed them. The brothers have set themselves a goal to expand further and to lead the company as well as the team in a successful future.
Maximilian Fritsch, who came to the company after completing his apprenticeship as an IT-manager in 2009, will work as Commercial Manager. In his new position, he particularly appreciates the contact with employees, as well as developing new ideas and strategies.
Sebastian Fritsch, who has worked in the sales department of FRITSCH for more than 10 years, is now the new Managing Director. As a child he dreamed of a career as professional soccer player, but since his apprenticeship at FRITSCH in 2006 he knew that "This is my future!”.
Discover our anniversary movie and further impressions of our history at www.100-years-fritsch.com.