Swissoptic AG is a subsidiary of the Berliner Glas group and stands for globally accepted quality and the highest precision in the world of optics.
We develop and produce a broad range of coated precision-optics components, assemblies and systems. We are your competent partner along the entire process chain from design through to serial production.
The company at a glance:
|Production area:||9.000 m² (Heerbrugg/ Switzerland)|
|Export area:||Europe, Asia, USA|
|General Manager:||Dr. Hans Ebinger|
SwissOptic (Wuhan) Co. Ltd.
|Production area:||1.700 m² (Wuhan/ China)|
|Export area:||Asia, Europe|
|General Manager:||Christian Drapal|
Berliner Glas Group – US Sales Office
Photonics & Systems
|Berlin site (D)
Production area: 27,500 m²
Schwäbisch Hall site (D)
Employees: 105, Production area: 8,500 m²
Syrgenstein site (D)
Employees: 41, Production area: 4,800 m²
|Heerbrugg site (CH)
Production area: 9,000 m²
|Wuhan site (China)
Production area: 1,700 m²
Management SwissOptic AG
Dr. Hans Ebinger (General Manager)
physicist, 10 years of experience in the optical industry
Management Team SwissOptic (Wuhan) Co. Ltd.
from the left:
Christian Drapal (General Manager)
engineer in mechatronics and optics, M.Sc., 10 years experience in the optical industry
Mary Yang (Director of Operative Business)
chief accountant, 20 years of experience in a multinational environment
Decades of recognized know-how in precision optics don't come by chance
|1920ies – the nucleus of the precision mechanics and optics workshops.
1923: Development, production and delivery of the first opto-mechanical theodolites
1921: Foundation of the firm of 'Heinrich Wild, Werkstätte für Feinmechanik und Optik' with a production plant in the commune of Balgach, Switzerland
Until 1954 – Development of the global brand WILD.
The range of products grows: the precision measuring instruments are joined by photogrammetry analysis units, telemeters, high-performance microscopes as well as aerial cameras.
The number of employees rises to more than 1,500.
1954: Change of name to 'WILD Heerbrugg AG, Werke für Optik und Feinmechanik'
1985: Takeover of the German firm of Ernst Leitz GmbH, Wetzlar (which also includes the LEICA brand)
1986/87: Foundation of the WILD LEITZ group
1987: The complete optics production moves to the newly built optics factory in Heerbrugg
Up to 1990 - The LEICA group develops.
1988: Takeover of Kern & Co AG Aarau, Switzerland
1990: Development of the world's first opto-electronic digital leveling instrument, the NA2000
1990: Group renamed 'Leica'
Fusion with the English firm of Cambridge Instruments Company Plc.
SwissOptic AG founded as spin-off from the optics factory of Leica AG Heerbrugg
2001/2004 - Berliner Glas and SwissOptic: Taking the lead through synergy.
2001: The Berliner Glas KGaA takes over 75% of the share capital of SwissOptic AG.
2004: 100% takeover of SwissOptic AG by Berliner Glas KGaA
The team today: