About asphericon

asphericon combines a researcher’s pioneering spirit with the practical ability to implement customer-oriented, economical solutions. Latest manufacturing technologies, continually evolving proprietary control software, world class measurement equipment and highly qualified employees ensure that asphericon provids over 600 customers worldwide with innovative solutions. The weekly production capacity is up to 1500 optical elements.

Our patented and continuously developed software architecture is the central success factor for the reliable and efficient production of optical components and systems. We have been using and defining Industry 4.0 for 20 years, way before the term entered the manufacturing world. The principle behind this: We digitize the requirements of our customers as well as suppliers and transfer them directly into the manufacturing process. Starting with customer specifications, through the entire manufacturing process to the final documentation - no manual intervention, everything is managed digitally. In this way, we ensure extremely flexible manufacturing processes - unique in the world of photonics.

The story of the founding of asphericon is characterized by a vision of revolutionizing the manufacture of aspheric components with completely new technologies which are opening up a degree of precision and quality that had been considered impossible until now. Visionen leben – Bringing visions to life. With this mission, asphericon is continuously pushing the boundaries of what is possible and establishing new milestones in the world of optics.

asphericon sets this vision of breaking new ground and developing new ideas as its benchmark and tries to live up to it every day at three locations.

asphericon GmbH

  • Jena | Germany
  • Founded: 2001
  • 150 employees
  • Production area: 4000 m²
  • Production capacity: 1250 pcs./week


asphericon s.r.o.

  • Jeřmanice | Czech Republic
  • Founded: 2019
  • 25 employees
  • Production area: 1600 m²
  • Production capacity: 250 pcs./week


asphericon, Inc.

  • Sarasota, FL | USA
  • Founded: 2014
  • Service and sales


Perfect in terms of quality and precision: Our technologies and technical equipment enable the processing of various shapes, a very wide range of materials and for all wavelengths. Combined with high-end processes and applications, unique precision dimensions are achieved. asphericon impresses with accuracy beyond the standards – always new in every detail. Since 2008, asphericon fulfills all of the requirements of the ISO 9001 and gives proof of its aspiration for high-quality working processes.

Technological leader

  • Worldwide unique and patented control software for CNC processing
  • Small and large quantities in high precision
  • High precision diamond turning of almost any surface
  • Lowest roughness value with asphericon Ångström Polish



  • 10 production lines of CNC grinding and polishing
  • Wide range of measuring instruments for full-surface interferometric measuring
  • ION-Scan 800 and QED Q-flex for precise surface processing
  • Optical Characterization of every asphere in the laboratory


  • First certified 2008, recertified 2014 and 2017 to DIN ISO: TÜV certificate
  • Database system for record of entire manufacturing process
  • We guarantee RoHS- and REACH compliant production

Right from the start the founders of asphericon were not satisfied with existing technologies and standards. What drives us is the permanent striving for further development and optimization, pushing and expanding the boundaries of the possible. And the desire to still exceed the high expectations of our customers, partners and colleagues. Everyday afresh. For us partnership means listening, understanding and active thinking. For our customers we are on the lookout for economically reasonable and technically plausible solution. At least not without having seriously tried first. We look forward to enable your project. Do not hesitate to contact us!


Sven R. Kiontke

CEO asphericon GmbH


Alexander W. Zschäbitz

CEO asphericon GmbH

Sales Management

Sebastian Henkel

Sales asphericon GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0) 3641 3100 560

asphericon, Inc.

Steffen Schneider

President asphericon, Inc.
Tel.: +1-941-564-0890

asphericon s.r.o.

Tomáš Vít

CEO asphericon s.r.o.
Tel.: +420 488 100 300


Driven by the idea of developing new technologies and optimizing existing ones, we are continuously refining and improving our processes. In doing so, we strive constantly to achieve better quality and ever greater precision – without ever losing sight of our customers’ economic interests. A unique technology to simulate CNC grinding and polishing processes, specifically developed by asphericon, enables the utmost precision on your aspheric surfaces. In comparison to standard processes, the asphericon technology works up to 75% faster and masters almost any shape and size. In addition, all production parameters are recorded for each project and saved in an internal database system. This guarantees the traceability of all process steps and reproducibility at any time.

asphericon engagement

Since its founding, asphericon has maintained a collaboration with numerous partners. Together, we work on new, forward-looking ideas, boost the training of experts, and get involved in socially relevant projects. With membership and active involvement in various networks in the photonics industry, we boost site development and national collaboration. We are proud of our awards over the recent years – the result of our own research work as well as the cooperation with our strong partners.

Freeform Optics Plus (fo+)

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena


Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena

Abbe School of Photonics

Fraunhofer IOF

Fraunhofer IST

Fraunhofer ILT


UKPL Innovationsnetzwerk

Laserzentrum Hannover

Jenaer Bildungszentrum gGmbH

Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.

The Optical Society of America

The international society for optics and photonics

OptoNet e.V.


Gesellschaft der Freunde & Förderer
der FSU Jena e.V.

European Photonics Industry Consortium

Photonics 21

Thüringer Innovationspreis 2015 (Nomination)

DIN Innovationspreis 2014

2011 Industriepreis

2010 IQ-Innovationspreis Jena

2003 Founder Champion of Thuringia

2002 Deutscher Gründerpreis

Benefit from customer-oriented, economical solutions at the highest level. We accompany you from the first optical system design through manufacturing and coating, the precise measurement and documentation up to the assembly of optical components and their optical characterization.

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