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Oliver Friz takes over as Managing Director for Europe

Gross-Umstadt, Germany. - Messer Cutting Systems wants to further expand its position as market leader and solution provider. In order to succeed, Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Friz was appointed as Managing Director.

The demands in the plate processing branch are continuously rising. With medium and long term projects in all parts of its product portfolio and themes relevant to Industry 4.0, Messer Cutting Systems (MCS) GmbH wants to extend its position as market leader still further. Amongst other measures taken to ensure success in this, Dipl. Ing. Oliver Friz has joined Messer Cutting Systems GmbH as Managing Director on April 1st, 2018.

Oliver Friz succeeds John Emholz, who, alongside his duties as President & CEO of the Messer Cutting Systems Group, had, as an interim measure, led the businesses in Europe since July 2017. With his appointment Friz now takes over responsibility for Messer Cutting Systems GmbH Europa with the company headquarters in Groß-Umstadt, the Service Centre in Essen and the European national companies of Messer Cutting Systems GmbH.

Combined competencies at a high level

After completing his engineering studies with a diploma and obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Oliver Friz worked at a medium sized engineering company. His career there progressed from Sales Engineer through Sales Manager to finish as Managing Director. Over the years he gained much further experience in various management positions, including at ARKU Maschinenbau GmbH. The connection to Messer Cutting-business fields came from his position as Divisional Manager in der Bystronic group and as Managing Director of Bystronic Germany.

“With his combination of technical and commercial competencies, Oliver Friz has the perfect prerequisites for his future tasks at Messer Cutting Systems. 20 years international experience in the branch, as well as a well-developed strategic business sense, complete the picture. We welcome Oliver Friz warmly to Messer Cutting Systems and wish him much success in his new position”, said John Emholz, President & CEO Messer Cutting Systems Group.

Photo: Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Friz, CEO Messer Cutting Systems Europe


Messer Cutting Systems is a global supplier of cutting edge technology. The company offers products and services for the metalworking industry which set standards world-wide. As market leader in its branch, the machine manufacturer supplies complete solutions and concentrates strategically on advising its customers and customer oriented innovation. Here, the company focusses on the digitalisation of processes and products. Messer Cutting Systems is represented with more than 800 employees in 5 main locations with production facilities and in more than 50 countries.

The product range includes oxyfuel, plasma and laser cutting systems from hand guided machines right up to special machines for shipbuilding as well as machines and equipment for oxyfuel welding, cutting, brazing, soldering and heating. Spare parts, repairs, modernisation, maintenance and service as well as environmental technology round out the product portfolio. In-house software solutions optimise production and business processes. The product range is extended by solutions from technology partners, for example in the field of automation.

An intensive dialogue with our customers has prime position – the modern training centre makes this claim clear. World-wide, Messer Cutting Systems is the partner of choice for cutting systems, oxyfuel technology and customer consultancy.