History


1913 founded in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, as a mechanical shop for optical lenses, Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH is today a worldwide market leader in high-quality lenses and precision engineering.

1913


Foundation of the „Optische Anstalt Jos. Schneider & Co.“ company in Bad Kreuznach

1913

Founder Joseph Schneider

1914

Registration of the brands SYMMAR, COMPONAR and ISCONAR

1915

Manufacture of the first cinema projection lenses

1919

Production of the first four-lens, trinomial, unsymmetrical anastigmatic lens XENAR

1920

Company logo

1920

Calculation of the first wide-angle lens for large format photogrphy leading to the development of ANGULON 1:6.8 in 1930

1921

„Optische Anstalt Jos. Schneider & Co.“ was renamed „Jos. Schneider & Co., Optische Werke, Kreuznach"

1925

Issue of the first patent for the high aperture XENON

1926

"real" telephoto lenses complete the manufacturing program

1932

Engraving of the 500,000th lens ( XENAR 1:2,9/10,5 cm ). A short four years later saw the manufacture of the one millionth lens for „Jos. Schneider & Co., Optische Werke, Kreuznach"

1933

Joseph Schneider, honorary citizen of the city Bad Kreuznach, passes away at the age of 78

1937

Laying of the foundation stone for a new factory at „Ringstraße 132” in Bad Kreuznach ( completed 1939 )

1938

Construction and polishing

1942

Polishing check and final inspection

1950

Exhibition stand at photokina

1953

Design of the first interchangeable lenses with automatic diaphragm for the SLR EXAKTA-Varex offered five years later with a photometer with automatic tracking system

1956

First deployment of computers to calculate lenses

1957

Cinema projection lens Tele-Xenar

1957

Start of the development process for zoom-lenses. Two years later the VARIOGON 2,8/10-40 ( 13 lenses in nine groups) for 8mm film format is already in serial production.

1959

Training

1960

Production employee

1961

Formation of "Feinwerktechnik GmbH" for the development and production of electrohydraulic servovalves

1964

Launch of the first zoom-lens with fixed back focus for 35 mm cameras: VARIOGON 1:4,0/80-240

1967

Lunar Orbiter IV photographs lunar surface with Xenotar 2.8/80 mm

1967

The tenmillionth lens is manufactured: COLOR TV-VARIOGON 2,1/18-200 ( already multicoated )

1972

Formation of SCA, „Schneider Corporation of America” ( today Schneider Optics )

1976


Technology Oscar

1980

Cinema projection lens

1981

Cross-section of Variogon Super-8 lens

1983

Product range extension through the launch of the new CINELUX high-class cinema and AV projection lenses

1984

Set up for the manufacture and distribution of ophthalmic lenses made of silicate and optical plastic

1985

Takeover and integration of the business operations of “B+W Filterfabrik, Joh. Weber KG, Wiesbaden”, renowned worldwide for over four decades

1985

Cine-Xenone film projection lens

1988

Lens check

1988

Lens coating

1988

Mechanics check

1988

Final inspection

1989

Production of KÄSEMANN polarization elements made of glass and optical plastic

1990

Phase-out of the development and manufacture of TV-lenses

1990

TXR APOHM 120

1990

CPN APO 45 90

1993

Development and production start-up of a new extreme wide-angle lens SUPER-ANGULON generation for large format photography

1993

SUXL 56 38

1995

“Thin Films”, cleanroom
standard 10

1995

15Restructure of the manufacturing technology "Dünne Schichten" (thin-layer technology) under clean room conditions, category 10

1996

MRC coating

1997

Formation of the subsidiary PENTACON GmbH Foto- und Feinwerktechnik, Dresden

1998

The company name became „Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH“

1999

Start-up of the aspheric lens production with state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing machines

2000

SUPER-CINELUX wins Technology Oscar

2000

Acquisition of „Century Precision Optics“ in the USA Formation of the subsidiary Praktika (UK) LTD., England

2000

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards the Technical Achievement Award for cinema projection lenses from the SUPER-CINELUX series to five employees of „Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH“

2005

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards the Technical Achievement Award for cinema projection lenses from the CINELUX PREMIÈRE series to four employees of „Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH“

2005


Xenoplan 2.8/50 mm Compact C-Mount on board the Space Shuttle

2006

Assembly in cleanroom

2006

3D measurement

2007

Formation of the subsidiary Schneider Bando LTD., South-Korea

2008

Formation of the subsidiary Schneider Asia Pacific LTD., Hongkong

2008

Set-up of the branch base Schneider Optical Technologies (SHENZHEN) Co. Ltd.

2009

The „ISCO Gruppe Göttingen“, integrated in August 2008, trades under the name Schneider Kreuznach Isco Division GmbH & Co. KG

2010

UltraLED by SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH wins Rhineland-Palatinate Innovation Award

2010

Tilt/Shift lens

2010

XS -PRO Digital Filter

2011

MPTV lens

2011

Xenon-Emerald

2011

Servo-hydraulics valve

2012


DSLR Video lens

2012

Micro Four Thirds lens

2013

Schneider Optics, the American subsidiary of Schneider-Kreuznach, received the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award 2012 for IRND (Infrared Neutral Density)-Filter-Technology for digital HD (High Definition)-cameras.
Schneider-Kreuznach celebrates its 100th anniversary.

2014

ISK Optics merges with parent company Jos. Schneider Optische Werke