Idar-Oberstein is where our business was founded and where our company headquarters is based. It is internationally famous as the “German centre for Precious Jewellery“ and so it was no surprise that in 1920 when the company started up it was involved in gem stone engineering. At that time semi precious-stones were used in a variety of technical applications such as agate guides used in the textile industry and bearings for laboratory balances and weighing machines as well as agate mortars and pestles which were used extensively in pharmacies and chemical laboratories for grinding and mixing powders.
In the 1960s FRITSCH began to develop their reputation as a specialist supplier of sample preparation equipment for chemical analysis and particle sizing instruments by taking out world wide patents on two instruments, namely, the planetary ball mill and gravity air classifier (after Professor Rumpf). This was followed in 1985 by the first convergent laser beam particle-sizer and in 1996 by the electromagnetic sieving/screening machine with its own reproducible vibration control system. At the same time they introduced the first single station planetary ball mill.
In 1972 FRITSCH established their own manufacturing facility on the Weierbach Industrial Zone on the outskirts of Idar-Oberstein and by 1994 installed a quality management system which conformed to ISO 9001 standard. This was followed by TÜV Cert in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 after a three day certification programme when zero deviation was recorded!!!
FRITSCH employ 70 highly qualified staff in production and sales support providing a high level of expertise in all aspects of the product range which is manufactured here in Idar-Oberstein. FRITSCH offer comprehensive assistance in several languages to meet the needs of distributors and end users of FRITSCH equipment in 136 countries world wide.
Bearing in mind that 85% of the € 10 million sales turnover is generated from abroad through an effective network of distributors providing constructive and effective product support serving thousands of end-users with the same level of dedication and consideration as anyone dealing directly with FRITSCH in terms of applications, installation and technical service. Along with IT-partners for Internet (VMB), CRM/ERP software (Pro-Alpha) and CAD (Pro-Engineer, FRITSCH are able to provide a communication system which is constantly updated to the latest level of technology.
Being an independent family company we know the benefit of a non-hierarchical structure of management and ensure we have as much personal contact with our business partners as possible. Quality for us means satisfying our customers’ needs by supplying innovative and durable products which represent good value for money. To ensure this we implement our own quality standards and develop/manufacture everything possible in – house. We have a very stable workforce which we have trained ourselves and who we have encouraged to seek higher qualifications so that they are able to meet the challenges of change in the work place and the demands of the international market place. We are convinced that the basis of our competence and our reputation lies in the production of instrumentation for sample preparation and particle size analysis and we should focus completely on this concept for the benefit of our customers.