The company´s Photonics Business Units cover a total of five strategic markets. At the site in Berlin, Berliner Glas focuses on Semi-conductors (chucks/glass and ceramic components), Medical Applications and Industrial Solutions. At the SwissOptic site, operations have been organized into the Business Units Semicon (inspection), Geosystems & Metrology as well as Defense. Furthermore, a Medical Applications Business Unit is also present at SwissOptic in Heerbrugg, which is run from Berlin.
At the Berliner Glas site in Berlin the success of the restructuring of the Business Units is clearly evident after two years and is not just expressed in an increase in turnover, but also in the technological challenge of new projects. Dr. Andreas Nitze, CEO of the Berliner Glas Group: “Our altered organizational structure has been well received in our target markets and we are pleased that in our Business Units we are not just working on demanding, large development and production projects, but often also serve the market leaders of the respective sectors and thereby ensure that with our optical system solutions we are working to form the issues of the future.”
New focus areas have also been set at SwissOptic. Nitze continues: "Alongside the pure focus on the market, in the future we will also be placing even greater emphasis on metrology and technological development by organizing it in a site-spanning manner. This is because in many cases it is purely the development of new, innovative opportunities which makes our customers successful.”
In the course of the restructuring process, Swissoptic AG has received a new management team, with the graduate physicist and experienced manager Dr. Hans Ebinger as the new General Manager. He already took over the reins in April and will lead SwissOptic into a future where they will focus even more strongly on the needs of the market.
He has been supported in this new role since March 2011 by Peter Grollmann, Head of the Semicon (Inspection) Business Unit. Further support will also come from Pavel Dokulil, who will run the Defense Business Unit from June 1st 2011, while from August 1st the position of Head of the Geosystems & Metrology Business Unit will be filled. Nicolas Hetzel has also already taken on his office, he has been responsible since April for the Medical Applications market segment, which will be run in Berlin by Sven Knuth.