20 years. 20 stories.

On May 17th, 2021 the time has come: asphericon celebrates its 20th anniversary exactly on that day. Of course, a lot has happened in all these years: Ups and downs, hopes and fears, celebration, disappointment and learning. And that’s exactly what we would like to tell you about. Join us on a journey through 20 years and 20 stories! Discover how it all began, what we are proud of and what we have learned over the years.


Apr 21, 2022 Story 20: asphericon in 20 years
What will the industry look like in the next 20 years? What futuristic technologies will then be part of the everyday routine at asphericon? We dared to gaze into the crystal ball and had a look at what might change at asphericon going forward.
Mar 30, 2022 Story 19: Around the world with aspherical optics and systems – internationalization at asphericon
We encounter different (corporate) cultures both internally and externally - Internationalization is inevitable. In this story, we show how asphericon has implemented it in the last few years.
Feb 23, 2022 Story 18: Lessons we’ve learned – Pearls of wisdom gleaned from 20 years of asphericon
There have of course also been moments and situations at asphericon that did not go optimally. The following story presents five of the most important lessons we can glean from 20 years of asphericon.
Jan 20, 2022 Story 17: A new approach to securing skilled labour
What qualifies someone to work in an optical production facility? Among other things, training as a precision optician. Let’s take a closer look at the qualifications in this story.
Jan 6, 2022 Story 16: Athletic asphericon
There’s a wide range of sports opportunities in and around Jena, including running, triathlon and boating. This story is dedicated to all the athletes in our team…
Dec 13, 2021 Story 15: Facts and figures - asphericon in numbers
2001, 3, 170, 750, 1500, 54, 41, 520, 5600, 75, 80. You might be wondering what this series of numbers has to do with asphericon…
Nov 30, 2021 Story 14: asphericon over the years
Several things at asphericon have changed in the intervening 20 years. Join us as we take a look back at asphericon then and now.
Nov 23, 2021 Story 13: Making the world a better place with aspheres – Do you know where aspheres are used?
Thanks to their high utility value, leading technology fields such as science, metrology and laser applications would now be inconceivable without aspheres. We are proud to have played a major part in the success …
Oct 14, 2021 Story 12: Off to new horizons: asphericon’s new site in the Czech Republic
To supplement its production operation, asphericon was on the lookout for a new location – somewhere that was closer to the Eastern European market, and where it could establish new technological partnerships…
Oct 1, 2021 Story 11: Integrating production with management – how asphericon moved into its new headquarters
Relocation, even within the same city, is a major logistical challenge accompanied by the prospect of guaranteed chaos. In a nutshell, it’s a stressful business…
Sep 15, 2021 Story 10: asphericon in a nutshell – What makes it special?
For twenty years, ‘Bringing visions to life’ has been asphericon’s slogan. But what does the slogan mean to everyone working at asphericon? What inspires, what drives them? We asked some of our colleagues to tell us.
Aug 24, 2021 Story 9: Getting through the crisis together: asphericon’s response to the Covid pandemic
For asphericon, too, the pandemic has proved to be a far-reaching experience resulting in many changes and leading to work in the company being viewed in new ways.
Aug 2, 2021 Story 8: „Shape it ‘til you make it“
A construction kit for laser applications or a Lego set for physicists: Creating the BeamTuning series and product development at asphericon
Jul 15, 2021 Story 7: Digitalization of the manufacturing environment and its potential
“The software CorsS has incredible potential for further development.” Looking back and looking ahead with Dr. Ulrike Fuchs, VP Strategy & Innovation.
Jun 29, 2021 Story 6: Three essentials for a life as a founder
What founders of a start-up should definitely have with them during their first summer: a swimsuit, a comfortable place to lie down, a towel…
Jun 8, 2021 Story 5: Pioneer of the fourth industrial revolution
What do you get when you intelligently network people, machines and the resulting products? ‘Industry 4.0’ is an idea that is already widely applied today. At asphericon, too - and has been for a good 20 years.
May 27, 2021 Story 4: From Jena into orbit - asphericon becomes part of the Copernicus mission
What was not possible before now becomes possible: In order to be able to supply high-precision optics for a satellite, asphericon developed a new polishing process with an unprecedented level of accuracy.
May 3, 2021 Story 3: 2004. Speechless in Paris
‘Your lens is better than we can measure’. That’s the sound of a customer compliment from France - and we earned it. Seven days of thrills until the flight of fancy in Paris…
Apr 19, 2021 Story 2: Accepting challenges. Overcoming Obstacles
All beginnings are difficult, or to use Mark Twains’ words ‘The man with a new idea is a crank until it proves successful.’ How asphericon was able to prove its own idea…
Apr 8, 2021 Story 1: asphericon - How it all began
‘Jena startup seeks co-founders’. What the bulletin board at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and a comfortable pillow have to do with the foundation of asphericon? Find out how it all began.