The SwissOptic AG in Heerbrugg, Switzerland

SwissOptic AG.

The highest precision in St. Gallen Rhine valley.

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-optical components, assemblies and systems. We are your competent partner along the entire process chain from concept through to series production.

The company at a glance:

Key data

SwissOptic AG

Production area: 9.000 m² (Heerbrugg/ Switzerland)
Employees: 307
Export area: Europe, Asia, USA
General Manager: Herbert Stüttler



SwissOptic (Wuhan) Co. Ltd.

Production area: 1.700 m² (Wuhan/ China)
Employees: 91
Export area: Asia, Europe
General Manager: Christian Drapal



Berliner Glas Group – US Sales Office

Location:        California (USA)

Sales Contact

Photonics & Systems




berlinerglas_logo_small.gif Berlin site (D)
Employees: 628
Production area: 27,500 m²

Schwäbisch Hall site (D)
Employees: 97, Production area: 8,500 m²
Syrgenstein site (D)
Employees: 41, Production area: 4,800 m²

swissoptic_logo_small.gif Heerbrugg site (CH)
Employees: 332
Production area: 9,000 m²
berliner_glas_group_wuhan.png Wuhan site (China)
Employees: 70
Production area: 1,700 m²
berliner_glas_us.png California (USA)
Sales Office
Management Team

Management SwissOptic AG


Herbert Stüttler (General Manager)

Engineer, 20+ years experience in international management and in the global medical device industry


Management Team SwissOptic (Wuhan) Co. Ltd.

Mary Yang & Christian Drapal, Management SwissOptic Wuhan


from the left:

Mary Yang (Director of Operative Business)

Chief accountant, 20 years of experience in a multinational environment



Christian Drapal (General Manager)

Engineer in mechatronics and optics, M.Sc., 10 years experience in the optical industry


Decades of recognized know-how in precision optics don't come by chance


milestones_swissoptic_1.jpg 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.


Further mergers:


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'
and the production plant in Heerbrugg is renamed as 'Leica Heerbrugg AG'


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:



Contact SwissOptic AG:

SwissOptic AG
9435 Heerbrugg, Switzerland
Fon +41 71 727 30 74
Fax +41 71 727 46 86
US Office for Photonics
Kevin Liddane
Fon +1 714 389-1756
Fax +1 714 389-1758