The SwissOptic AG in Heerbrugg, Switzerland

SwissOptic AG.

The highest precision in St. Galler 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: 332
Export area: Europe, Asia, USA
General Manager: Dr. Hans Ebinger

 

 

SwissOptic (Wuhan) Co. Ltd.

Production area: 1.700 m² (Wuhan/ China)
Employees: 70
Export area: Asia, Europe
General Manager: Christian Drapal

 

 

Berliner Glas Group – US Sales Office

Location:        California (USA)
  Sales Contact
Photonics & Systems
Locations

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

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Dr. Hans Ebinger (General Manager)
physicist, 10 years of experience in the optical industry

 

Management Team SwissOptic (Wuhan) Co. Ltd.

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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

Milestones

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

 

 

milestones_swissoptic_2.jpg 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'

 

 

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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

 

milestones_swissoptic_4.jpg 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.

 

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SwissOptic AG founded as spin-off from the optics factory of Leica AG Heerbrugg

milestones_swissoptic_6.jpg 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:

 

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Contact SwissOptic AG:

SwissOptic AG
Heinrich-Wild-Strasse
CH-9435 Heerbrugg
Fon +41 (0)71 727 30 74
Fax +41 (0)71 727 46 86
US Office for Photonics
Kevin Liddane
Fon +1 (714) 389-1756
Fax +1 (714) 224-8735