Fritz Studer AG Apprentice Wins Bronze at WorldSkills 2019

Josia Langhart, an apprentice at Fritz Studer AG, earned a bronze medal at the 2019 WorldSkills Championship, held from August 23-26 in Kazan, Russia. Langhart, 18, who is completing an apprenticeship at STUDER in Switzerland, took a spot on the podium with his team partner, Raphael Furrer.

Both Langhart and Furrer competed as Swiss champions in 2018 for the 45th WorldSkills Championship and went on to compete against other teams in their category at this year’s WorldSkills. The pair came in third in the mechatronics (automation) category behind teams from Taiwan and China.

During the competition, the young automation engineers had to assemble various modular orders to form a single system with the aid of plans and documentation. Langhart and Furrer were supported by their employers, as well as by Swissmem and the SwissSkills Foundation, as they prepared intensively for the competition. The foundation, which coordinates the SwissSkills Championship and the country’s participation in the WorldSkills Championships, works to find the best skilled trade students across a wide range of industries and prepare them for the competitions.

About UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc.

With nearly 200 employees across the U.S., Canada and Mexico and a new 110,000-sq.-ft. headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio, UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc., strives to increase its customers’ competitiveness through grinding and ultra-precision finishing solutions for the manufacturing industry, backed by single-source customer care. The company’s surface and profile, cylindrical and tool grinding technology groups cultivate a partnership-based relationship throughout the region, selling, automating, rebuilding and supporting precision machines for grinding, eroding, laser ablation, combination machining and measuring under the MÄGERLE, BLOHM, JUNG, STUDER, SCHAUDT, MIKROSA, WALTER and EWAG brands. A subsidiary of the UNITED GRINDING GROUP, the company holds ISO 9001 certification to assure quality in development, production, shipping and support operations. UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc., also holds International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Registration.


With a turnover of around 700 million euros, the UNITED GRINDING Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of precision machines for grinding, eroding, lasering, measuring and combination machining. With its eight company brands MÄGERLE, BLOHM, JUNG, STUDER, SCHAUDT, MIKROSA, WALTER and EWAG, UNITED GRINDING offers a broad application knowledge, an extensive product portfolio and a complete array of services on the international market. The Group employs a workforce of around 2500 employees and more than 20 production, service and sales locations and agencies throughout the world.