Dieter studied precision engineering in Germany and started his career in IBM as an equipment engineer. In 1987 Dieter established his own company with the aim to support customers in the integration and programming of industrial robots. Out of this start-up company Dieter developed a world leading company in automation, robotics and advanced laser manufacturing systems. The company Manz AG went public in 2006 and is listed at the Frankfurt stock exchange since then. Dieter served as the CEO of the company until June 2017. During this period the company established international sales, service and manufacturing subsidiaries with a strong focus to Taiwan and China. Manz AG delivers highly advanced manufacturing equipment to the electronic, lithium-ion battery and solar industries. Dieter serves as a member of the supervisory board of Manz AG and others.