The Schneider Group is specialised in the development, production and manufacturing of high-performance lenses as well as filter systems for the industrial, film and photo sectors. The main brand "Schneider-Kreuznach" stands for leading technology from Germany for decades.

Our applications in industry include optical inspection and 3D measurement. Other areas include optical systems, lenses, filters and components, e.g. for traffic monitoring, seeing robots, medical technology and quality inspections such as crash tests. The company is also a partner of NASA: since the 1960s, industrial lenses from Schneider-Kreuznach have repeatedly been used on space missions, including a rocket flight to the James Webb Space Telescope in 2021.

Schneider-Kreuznach is also a partner to the film industry. We offer a wide range of products from recording lenses to effect filters. For our products in the field of cinema projection, we have been awarded the "Scientific and Technical Award", the technology Oscar, several times. Professional and ambitious amateur photographers also work with high-end lenses and accessories from Schneider-Kreuznach. B+W brand photographic filters are established as premium products in the trade worldwide.

The Schneider Group includes Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH, founded in Bad Kreuznach in 1913, the subsidiary of the same name in Singapore, and the companies Schneider Optics (New York, Los Angeles), Schneider Optical Technologies (Shenzhen) and Schneider Asia Pacific (Hong Kong). The Schneider Group employs around 330 people worldwide, 300 of whom work at the German headquarters. 


Heinrich Manderman -
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In 1982, Heinrich Manderman bought the traditional Schneider-Kreuznach company. It is still family-owned today.

In July 2022, the entrepreneur would have turned 100.

Our brands

The company, founded in 1913 by Joseph Schneider, owns the brands Schneider-Kreuznach, Angulon, B+W Filter, Cinelux, Pentacon, Symmar, Variogon, Cine-Xenar, Xenon, FF-Prime and many more.

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The Schneider Group specializes in developing and producing high-performance photographic lenses, cinema projection lenses, as well as industrial optics and precision mechanics. The company's main brand "Schneider-Kreuznach" stands for state-of-the-art technology from Germany. The group has been a world market leader in the field of high-performance lenses for many years.

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