As a full-service supplier in the field of surface testing, Fischer has been developing instruments for non-destructive material analysis, coating thickness measurement and material testing since 1953. We offer a wide range of measuring devices for different industries: from simple handheld devices for quick testing on the go to fully integrated, high-end systems that automatically monitor your production.
Our customers never need to worry about quality testing, since reliability and ease of use take top priority at Fischer. So they can focus on what really matters: their work. We take care of the rest.
The Helmut Fischer Group looks back proudly on its successful, almost 70-year company history, which began in Stuttgart in 1953.
At just 22 years old, Helmut Fischer founded the company "Schuhmann and Fischer Electrical Devices" together with his mentor and former physics teacher. Recognizing the needs of a budding industry after the war, they developed a device that could measure paint and chrome layers: the Permaskop. Among Fischer's first customers were Bosch and Daimler.
But in post-war Germany, many materials were still hard to find. Often, one simply had to improvise. So, taking a common nail, Helmut Fischer built a sensor that could measure coatings less than 5 μm thick! This pluck and resourcefulness were rewarded handsomely: by 1954 – just a year later – the company had booked a turnover of 40,000 DM.
After 3 years, Fischer took the next step, founding the sole proprietorship "Helmut Fischer". Bolstered by the German economic miracle of the 1950s and 60s, the company developed rapidly. Within two decades, what had once been a one-man operation had become an international manufacturer with subsidiaries and representatives in England, Japan and the USA.
In the 1980s and 90s, Fischer greatly expanded its product range. In addition to a hardness tester, the first X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrument was launched in 1981. Numerous patented innovations helped the devices to quickly establish themselves in industrial use – because customers appreciate the reliability and measuring precision of Fischer instruments.
For Helmut Fischer, it was important to build equipment that would last for decades; the same went for the company itself. So it was that, after five decades at its helm, he transferred his company shares to a foundation and withdrew from day-to-day operations. Since 2003, the Helmut Fischer Foundation has ensured the continuation of the company and supported artists and young scientists.
At our corporate museum at the headquarters in Sindelfingen, we pay tribute to Helmut Fischer's lifetime achievements and invite visitors to experience for themselves how technology harmonizes with the company’s history and values.
As I celebrate my 90th birthday, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the many wonderful years I have had founding and managing the Helmut Fischer company, and also, to look forward to the future with joy and confidence.
The Helmut Fischer company was founded in 1953 in my hometown, Stuttgart, Germany. From the young age of 22, I dedicated my life to this company, its exceptional employees and our common goal. From the beginning till now, our goal has remained unchanged, that is to develop measuring instruments that add value to our customers and help them accomplish their jobs in the best possible way. This vision guides every successful development of new measurement methods and instruments that support the technical progress of our customers.
Fischer is deliberately not the loudest brand on the market. This is not only due to our down-to-earth Swabian culture, rather, we believe actions speak louder than words. Our customers know and trust Fischer as a brand that represents quality and performance. With our first-class customer service, we have been and continue to be a market leader in the field of non-destructive coating thickness measurement instruments.
The development and production of high-quality precision measuring instruments are the prerequisites for the success of an instrumentation company. In order to bring this value to customers, a close connection with customers is the vital link. Thus, Fischer has a global network of direct subsidiaries to serve all important manufacturing industries. Under the motto "Think global - act local", we provide best-in-class local customer support from initial consultation to instrument servicing.
New technologies and global events will disrupt and present challenges for every company. Thus, we believe it is essential to recognize these trends at an early stage, to react in a targeted manner and to set the course by taking appropriate measures.
That is why I am even more pleased and reassured that our Managing Director, Dr. Martin Leibfritz, with his years of technical and worldly experience, is able to confidently manage Helmut Fischer GmbH, and to continue to grow the company together with our numerous talented employees. In this way, we can continue to make our customers' world measurably easier.
Long-lasting instruments, intuitive operation and excellent service – that’s what the Helmut Fischer Group stands for today. With 21 subsidiaries and over 50 representatives, we’re there for you – worldwide.
And still evolving! Unique X-ray optics are produced at the Berlin location in the Adlershof Science and Technology Park. These polycapillaries are used in our premium XRF devices, the prerequisite for measuring on microstructures just 20µm in size. Fischer is one of only two manufacturers worldwide that can produce optics of this quality.