Ohler and Franz Take Over at 4D

July 4th saw a change in the senior management of 4D Ingenieurs­gesellschaft für Technische Dienst­leis­tungen. Founders Dr. Jens Mommsen and Dr. Martin Stürmer handed over their reign to Hans Jörg Ohler and Christoph Franz. After 23 success­ful years of company develop­ment, the founders will move to the super­visory board.

Christoph Franz (left) and Hans Jörg Ohler take over the manage­ment of 4D Ingen­ieurs­gesell­schaft für Tech­nische Dienst­leis­tungen in Isern­hagen near Hanover (Source: 4D)

4D develops, manufactures, and distri­butes systems for the obser­vation and monitoring of laser processes as part of the quality assu­rance. With its core tech­nology of photo-diode-based process monitoring, it has established a standard for the inline moni­toring of laser welding and brazing. Due to its fast processing speed, 4D’s Weld­Watcher system is parti­cularly well suited for remote and scanner-based processes like in seat produc­tion, electro­mobility or elec­tronics.

4D’s reference customers come from the automotive industry and include tier 1 suppliers such as Faurecia, Brose, Conti­nental, to name a few. The company’s revenues come in almost equal shares from markets in Europe, North America, and China.

The company’s founders have carefully prepared this succession process. In 2014, they sold a majority of the company to DIH Beteili­gungen (Deutsche Industrie Holding). DIH is an owner-managed investment company with a long-term strategy. Hans Jörg Ohler was introduced as CEO in 2016. He is an expert in high-volume manufac­turing and previously worked with Thyssen-Krupp Tailored Blanks. Christoph Franz is an expert in process monitoring. Before joining 4D in 2018, he led a business unit for remote laser solutions at Scansonic.

Both founders have expressed their confidence in the new manage­ment and see the two new CEOs as the perfect choice in fostering the company’s further revenue growth while maintaining a very high level of innovation. As a first step on this path, the company will move into new premises by the end of the year. (Source: 4D)

Link: 4D Ingenieurgesellschaft für Technische Dienstleistungen mbH, Isernhagen HB, Germany

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