1840 Company foundingThe master craftsman Abraham Schweizer founds the company Asif in the town of Fürth/Germany, an important centre for optical production in the Kingdom of Bavaria at the time. The name Asif is an acronym for „Abraham Schweizer in Fürth”.
At first, he makes optical and metal toys (holder of the yo-yo patent) and soon adds spectacle frames made from a range of different metals.
1853 Expansion of production capacitiesSchweizer and Buverier establish the “Königlich Bayerische Privilegierte Stahlbrillen-Fabrik” (Royal Bavarian Metal-Rimmed Spectacles Manufactory) which focuses mainly on steel-rimmed spectacles and lorgnettes.
To respond to the mass-produced French eyewear flooding the market, Schweizer headhunts spectacle makers and mechanics in Morez, France. The company switches from manual to industrial production.
1937 Company conversionThe company is converted to a private limited company and registered as “A. SCHWEIZER, optische Fabrik”. In addition to spectacle frames, optical lenses and magnifiers, the company produces spectacles for special applications, such as protective eyewear with wire mesh.
1957 New startJohann Schüttinger acquires the company from the trustee acting for the heirs of company founder Abraham Schweizer, who are living in the United States.
1990 MODULARLaunch of the world’s first modular magnifier system with interchangeable magnification heads which make it highly versatile and easy to use. Thanks to its clever design, it just takes a single click to mount the required magnification module. In addition, the magnifying lens can be tilted to either side for a comfortable reading posture.
1997 “Der LowVision-Spezialist”SCHWEIZER adopts a new market position as the leading provider of specialist vision aids. Our First-Class Partner Programme becomes the first qualification system for German opticians in the low vision sector. SCHWEIZER promotes products for the visually impaired under the slogan “When glasses are no longer enough...”.
1999 MODULAR mobilThe first modular illuminated magnifier for portable use complements the modular system. Thanks to its handy size, it is small enough to fit into every pocket or bag, making it the ideal companion in every situation. The swivel-mounted magnification heads can be variably adjusted to any angle. Another major advantage is its automatic light focus function.
2000 ÖKOLUXÖKOLUX is the world’s first LED illuminated stand magnifier featuring eco-friendly LED technology in an innovative design. The light emitting diodes provide very bright, high-contrast lighting that evenly spreads across the reading material for clear and crisp images. Thanks to its low energy consumption, the batteries rarely need changing.
The small, handy ÖKOLUX mobil LED illuminated hand magnifier with ergonomically curved handles is the ideal companion when on the go. The design has been adapted to the user’s direction of gaze.
2001 MODULAR TV colorConnecting directly to mains power and a standard TV, it is the first magnifier worldwide to transfer high-contrast images in brilliant colours to the TV screen. The integrated high-quality camera can also be used on uneven backgrounds. A choice of three colour modes is available to view texts: black on white, white on black and true colour mode.
2002 MODULAR mobil LEDThe MODULAR mobil LED model is a highly versatile and easy-to-use portable magnifier with patented light focus function. It tilts the LED lighting automatically to the correct position for the relevant magnification head and thus ensures perfect lighting. The magnification head can be swivelled smoothly to the required position where it clicks into place.
2003 KRYPTOLUXThe innovative KRYPTOLUX illuminated magnifier provides maximum reading and viewing support. The specifically developed Krypton bulb features glare-free, high-contrast lighting for even illumination and maximum brightness. It comes with an AC adapter for longer bulb life. For the first time, a choice of three types of light temperatures is available to provide the ideal contrast for each user.
2006 Photovoltaics arraySCHWEIZER installs the region’s biggest photovoltaic array (CO² savings of 61,400 kg) and replaces its old oil-fired heating system with a powerful woodchip heating station. In 2011, the solar array is expanded and a storage building for woodchips is built. The company now produces 385,000 kWh of electricity from a total surface area of 2,400 m2. This is the annual electricity requirement for the in-house production of magnifying visual aids.
2007 ERGO-LineSCHWEIZER sets the standards once again: the ERGO-Line is the world’s first ergonomic range of magnifiers and improves the quality of everyday life for users. Its ergonomic handle is tailored to fit into the hand and form a comfortable angle between hand and magnifier. In addition to providing stabilising support, it also features a balanced weight distribution to ensure relaxed reading. Today, all models in this product range offer a choice of three light temperatures.
2009 ÖKOLUX plusDesigned to meet the highest individual requirements, the ÖKOLUX plus and ÖKOLUX plus mobil feature SMD LEDs in three light temperatures. The models combine bright, high-contrast LED lighting with low energy consumption and ergonomic handling. Thanks to its compact design, ÖKOLUX plus mobil is the ideal companion for people with low vision in every situation.
2012 AMD-ComfortSCHWEIZER introduces special spectacle lenses for people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A new, specially developed filter largely protects the eye from harmful UV light while attenuating the transmission of the aggressive blue portion of visible daylight. Users of AMD-Comfort lenses find it easier to perceive details – giving them greater confidence and improving their quality of life. AMD-Comfort lenses are available as single vision, bifocal, progressive lenses, and as fit-over spectacles.
2013 ERGO-Lux MPThe models in this range of LED illuminated magnifiers feature a Multi-Power light option with an innovative boost switch. They can be perfectly adjusted to individual lighting requirements. Thanks to the boost switch with two brightness levels, the light intensity can be increased by 50 percent. The correct distance between lens and object promotes a comfortable posture and relaxed reading.
2014 Optik-AkademieThe Internet-based training and information platform covers all aspects of low vision care and offers practical online training in low vision – accessible from anywhere at any time. It marks a significant addition to the classroom-based continuous education programme that started in 1997.
2015 ERGO-Lux MP mobilERGO-Lux MP mobil is a small all-round hand magnifier in an innovative design. It can be used by people with low vision and glasses wearers alike, or indeed by anyone who just wants to benefit from a magnifier despite their good vision. Handy, extra-bright and easy to use with many carefully designed control elements to meet every need.
Part of the site is redesigned: green oases are created in a landscaped area that employees like to make use of in their breaks.
2020 MULTILIGHT ProThe innovative MULTLIGHT Pro lamp series with LED lighting has been developed with the needs of visually impaired people in mind. Available in multiple models, the lamps are exclusively produced at the company’ headquarters in Forchheim/Germany.
By introducing FSC-certified brochures and catalogues while reducing and gradually changing over to more eco-friendly packaging materials for shipping and protective packaging, SCHWEIZER is taking important steps towards greater sustainability.