Technical Management

Your challenges are my passion, your success is my goal.

 

Management & Consulting

Technology - Innovation - Strategy

New technologies, changing customer needs, higher expectations for performance and quality. The world of business is changing rapidly, which is why continuous innovation and technical excellence belong to the most important pillars of long-term corporate success.

As a consultant, I can support you in the development of an effective and pragmatic strategy. As an interim manager, I can ensure that your projects are implemented precisely and provide support for your development projects and complex change processes.

Project management
and coordination

Ensuring that your demanding projects and special topics go according to plan.

Change and
business development

Turning major challenges into a successful future.

Technical and
business consulting

Helping you restructure for greater effectiveness and efficiency.

Temporary management tasks
and vacancy bridging

Delivering the best results even come from difficult transition phases.

Industries

I primarily work with companies in the following sectors:

  • Laser Technology
  • Photonics
  • Technical Optics
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Precision Mechanics
  • Manufacturing
  • Machine Building
  • Mechatronics
  • Sensors
  • Medical Technology

 

But companies in other areas would also benefit from my extensive high-tech industry knowledge and a first-class network of partners.

Project Examples

Turnaround of a technology start-up

Role: Managing Director

Strategic reorientation of a start-up company making machinery and systems for the production of complex optical components after several years in the red.

Greatest successes: New technical innovations enabled a change in strategy, resulting in the company's first sales in the seven-digit price segment. Other leads were also generated, bringing the company back on the road to success.

R&D (technology)

Role: Managing Director and Head of Research, Development, and Innovation

Development of fiber-coupled high-power diode laser modules in the medium power range for highly-automated plastic welding applications.

Greatest successes: The combination of the best possible beam quality, high availability in 24-hour operation, and innovative interfaces for the integration of laser modules into industrial production systems allowed the company to take the lead in the international competition for this technology. The target market for laser plastic welding was developed and expanded together with customers.

M&A (Germany/USA)

Role: Managing Director and Project Manager

Initiation and execution of the sale of a German company in the laser industry to an American laser company.

Greatest successes: Suitable buyers were found. Negotiation and drafting of contracts until the deal was closed. Joint strategy development and successful post-merger integration.

R&D (technology)

Role: Managing Director and Project Manager

Development of a vacuum-based coating technology (PECVD) for the application of scratch-resistant coatings with very good optical and mechanical properties on plastic lenses.

Greatest successes: Completed development of a coating process that outperforms conventional wet-chemical coatings in scratch resistance, lifetime, optical quality, and cost-effectiveness. Production-ready development of a vacuum coating system.

Under my management, the company was honored for this and other technological developments with the Swiss Innovation Award 2013 for promoting the future prospects (by Idee-Suisse).

R&D (product)

Role: Head of Research, Development & Innovation

Development of a safety helmet system with adaptive face and ear protection. The system features a magnetic adaptation concept and special ergonomics.

Greatest successes: After collecting data on future customer needs and developing technical solutions to meet these needs, the development project delivered a production-ready product on time. It allowed sales to grow greater than expected.

The helmet system won the coveted Pro-K Award 2016 for innovation, design, and functionality.

Business Development (production company)

Role: Managing Director

Improving the market access of a company making eyeglass lenses by vertical integration to the eyeglass supplier and establishing a service network and multi-channel distribution.

Greatest successes: Sales increased by more than 300%. Significant strengthening of the corporate brand. Established a business model that generates increased knowledge feedback from the market to improve product quality and for product enhancements.

R&D (technology)

Role: Managing Director and Head of Research, Development, and Innovation

Development of individual optical and opto-mechatronic systems, beam shaping and guidance systems, as well as laser processing heads for various applications in laser materials processing.

Greatest successes: These customized optical systems together with standardized beam sources allowed clients' specific technical problems to be solved. This led to significant sales growth and high customer satisfaction.

R&D (materials)

Role: Managing Director and Project Manager

Development of a UV-curable acrylate-based plastic with high optical quality as a raw material for the production of plastic spectacle lenses in fully automatic casting machines.

Greatest successes: Despite the highest technical demands on the material, it was possible to develop a high-quality optical plastic within 18 months which met the specifications and enabled outstanding technology innovations through its UV curing.

M&A (USA/Germany)

Role: Project Manager

Initiation as well as technical and market-oriented support during the acquisition of an American company by a German medium sized enterprise seeking to enter the North American market.

Greatest successes: The company acquisition, market entry, and start to sales in the United States according to plan.

R&D (product)

Role: Head of Research, Development & Innovation

Development of intelligent safety goggles which, when worn correctly, transmit electronic signals, e.g. to operate machinery or to gain access to hazardous areas.

Greatest successes: With the creation of the new smart wearables project segment, a new major client was gained. The foundation for further innovations in the field of Industry 4.0 was laid and further strategic development projects initiated.

Company Growth (laser technology start-up)

Role: Managing Director

Growing a start-up company in the laser industry from its formation to technology, product, and market development and the eventual worldwide distribution of its systems.

Greatest successes: Highest competitive advantages through the development of innovative high-power lasers. Rapid increase in sales. Acquisition of well-known customers from the manufacturing industry (automotive, medical technology, electronics, vacuum technology, laser technology) and from research.

R&D (materials)

Role: Head of Research, Development & Innovation

Development of an anti-fogging coating system (wet chemistry) with very good optical and anti-fogging properties for application on polycarbonate protective goggles using float technology.

Greatest successes: The newly developed coating system exceeds all conventional coatings in its anti-fogging performance under extreme environmental conditions even though it costs the same to manufacture. It keeps working while wearing safety glasses efficient and safe.

Frank Pfeffer

Developing new technologies and products, preparing or even building markets for them, designing and implementing strategies, this is the technical pioneering work that I have been doing for 20 years as a manager and more than 14 years in executive positions. During this time I have accompanied or led numerous strategy and implementation projects. Whether sophisticated technical developments, preparation for radical innovations, M&A projects for international business growth, or painful change processes. I work internationally in German and English.

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Contact

Friedrich-Niethammer-Str. 35
74074 Heilbronn
Germany

Mobile: +49 175 165 1212
Email: contact@pfeffer-auxilium.com

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