Pfeiffer Vacuum President Roland Hellmer Dies Unexpectedly

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Roland Hellmer, 58, President of Pfeiffer Vacuum, Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, died on July 20, 2013 after suffering a heart attack while riding his road bicycle.


Mr. Hellmer joined Pfeiffer Vacuum AG, Asslar, Germany, in 1985, in the Research and Development department. In 1989, he transferred to the United States and held the position of Product Manager and Marketing Manager for turbomolecular pumps. In 1995, he was promoted to Vice President of Marketing at Pfeiffer Vacuum's North American headquarters in Nashua, New Hampshire. As a member of the management team, he was involved in the Pfeiffer Vacuum IPO in July 1996.

In June 1999, he received his Executive MBA from Boston University. He also held a graduate engineering degree from the Technical College in Weilbury, Germany.

In November 1999, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and in 2011 he was named President of Pfeiffer Vacuum and the newly acquired adixen. Mr. Hellmer was a member of the board of directors of the American Vacuum Equipment Manufacturers Association.

Pfeiffer Vacuum Managing Director, Dr. Wiemer, of Asslar, Germany stated: "With the unexpected departure of Roland, we have not only lost a valuable employee, but a dear friend, an excellent leader and a wonderful person who is spirited, caring and loving. He grew and strengthened Pfeiffer Vacuum in the US market, he grew and nurtured his employees and created a very strong team and a big family. With his deep personal commitment, a great deal of skill, and extensive experience, he has embodied and shaped the success of Pfeiffer Vacuum."

Mr. Hellmer lived in Hollis, New Hampshire. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Angelika, and two daughters, Lisa and Catrina.


Roland Hellmer


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Pfeiffer Vacuum North American operations offer marketing, sales, field services, repair, customer training, and applications and support. Sales and support functions are located throughout the U.S. with major customer support centers in Milpitas CA, Austin TX, Hingham MA and Nashua NH.

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For more than 120 years, Pfeiffer Vacuum has set the standard of excellence in vacuum technology. Now, with two key acquisitions -- adixen Vacuum and Trinos Vacuum -- Pfeiffer Vacuum becomes a true solution provider, offering customers everything they need to create, enable and measure vacuum.

Ever since the invention of the turbomolecular pump by Pfeiffer Vacuum, the company has stood for innovative solutions and high-technology products that are used in analytical instrumentation, research and development, environmental technology, chemistry, semiconductor production and coating technology, automotive and many other applications. Founded in 1890, Pfeiffer Vacuum is today, together with adixen Vacuum and Trinos Vakuum-Systeme active throughout the world with a workforce of more than 2,200, as well as 28 subsidiaries. 

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Nashua, NH  03063-1988

Phone: 1-800-248-8254 /  Fax: 603-578-6550

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