30 years of precision for demanding customers

POG is a midsized technology company with 30 years of independent history and more than 40 years of precision optics manufacturing as a former division of ZeissLocated in world’s leading photonics region near Jena, POG is embedded in a vibrant environment of research institutions, universities, complementary technology companies and start-ups. 

With over 180 employees, we exemplify precision, flexibility and customer satisfaction. We assign extraordinary importance to our development expertise. Our in-house range of manufacturing and process experience enable POG to provide a broad spectrum of production and technology solutions for customers.

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Our management

Ray George

Founder & Executive Director
Sales & Production

Jan Schubach

Executive Director
HR & Logistics

Dr. Stefan Müller-Pfeiffer

Director
Research & Development

Stages of our company history

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2020

We are dealing with the Corona crisis and lockdown together.

Production is up and running, we are adjusting shift schedules and enabling home office & childcare options for staff.Thanks to our new company building, we have more than enough space to continue working with safe social-distancing.

2019

Good bye!

At the end of the year, one of the company founders, Aleksander Wlodarski, bids us farewell as he heads into well-deserved retirement. He hands the responsibilities for POG‘s Research and Development division to Dr. Stefan Müller-Pfeiffer. We say THANK YOU to an outstanding optical designer and courageous company founder. His skill as a leader and innovator will continue to influence POG for years to come.

2019

A big step for more growth.

We are investing EUR 14 million in a new company building, infrastructure and the expansion of our production and will move into our new location in Löbichau at the beginning of 2019. Now we have 80,000 sf of production space, 10,000 sf of clean room and substantially more offices for engineering and adminstration.

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2015

EUR 5 million invested in manufacturing.

At the end of 2015, we successfully complete a major investment project: the expansion of our microstructuring and optical systems technologies.

2011

All in the family

A valuable member of POG since 2004, Jan Schubach takes over the management role of POG from his father in 2011. Company founder Manfred Schubach remains active at POG and is involved in apprentice training and the promotion of young talent.

2010

More space for research and development.

We inaugurate our new production area for microstructures and create more space for our R&D employees. Four physicists, numerous engineers and material scientists now work at POG as of 2010. The area has grown to 10 employees that develop customer solutions and new products.

2008

We are 100.

On February 1, 2008, we hire our 100th employee. We are proud of a growing team with a balanced gender ratio and an average age of 41.

2004

We invest in microstructructuring and clean room.

The largest investment project in the company’s history to date is successfully completed. A completely new cleanroom environment for microstructuring is created and we can now respond even faster and more reliably to customer requirements.

1999

TÜV certified and well connected.

We receive our innaugural TÜV certification in accordance with ISO-9001 for the development, production and distribution of precision optical components, assemblies and devices from UV to IR. We are one of the founding members of OptoNet e.V., the new trade association representing the interests of the Thuringian photonics industry.

 

1997

Excellent export ratio.

From our start, we have invested much effort in helping customers internationally. Our share of export sales grows to 33% in 1997. Especially strong relationships were in the USA, Israel and Western Europe – where have numerous partners in the technology sector. For this achievement, we were awarded the ›Export Prize of the East German Economy‹. Since 1997, the share of sales generated abroad has continued to grow – reaching 65% in 2020.

1995

Business stabilizes. We start vocational training.

We initiate a training program to fulfill our own need for skilled workers. Over the years, more than 50 precision opticians, industrial mechanics and microtechnologists have successfully completed vocational training at POG – most of whom are still with the company today.

1991

Company foundation in turbulent times.

The three “Zeissianer” Manfred Schubach, Ray George and Aleksander Wlodarski take a leap of faith and found the company POG Präzisionsoptik Gera GmbH through a management buy-out following the closure of the ZEISS plant in Gera. Of the 3,500 workers previously employed by Zeiss, 42 of the most skilled and motivated join the new venture when the company starts operations in 1992 in the Keplerstrasse industrial park.

POG in a Germany TV documentary on ›30 years of economic and monetary union‹ from 20.7.2020

Memberships

  • Spectaris e.V.
    German Industry Association for Optics, Photonics, Analytical and Medical Technology e.V.
  • OptoNet e.V.
    Photonics Network Thuringia
  • F.O.M.
    Research Association for Precision Mechanics,
    Optics and Medical Technology e. V. (F.O.M.)

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