Frank Carsten

Frank Carsten Herzog is founder and managing partner of HZG Group, to which he brings his know-how, industry expertise, network, and passion for technology from more than 25 years of industry experience. The Group’s aim is to support start-up teams on the way bringing their innovations successfully to a broad market.

In 2000, Frank Carsten Herzog and his wife Kerstin Herzog founded Concept Laser based on their own research work and developed it into a technology and innovation leader in the field of metal 3D printing. The subsequent majority shareholding by global corporation General Electric secured the company’s technological leadership and accelerated its access to global markets.

Frank Carsten Herzog is involved on a voluntary basis as the main initiator of the “Forschungs- & Anwendungszentrums für digitale Zukunftstechnologien” (FADZ) in Lichtenfels/Oberfranken. He is also involved in the Fraunhofer ILT Board of Trustees and is a member of the “Additive Manufacturing” expert committee of the Bavarian State Government’s “Masterplan Bayern Digital II”. Frank Carsten Herzog has patented more than 120 inventions over the last 20 years. This has resulted in more than 450 individual patent applications or respective patents, the large majority of which is currently still active and used in products.

For his achievements as an inventor and entrepreneur, Frank Carsten Herzog has received a number of awards, including “European CEO of the Year Additive Manufacturing” and the Inclusion in the circle of the best at “Deutscher Zukunftspreis” of the German Federal President.