Our History

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It all began in 1957, when Waldemar Strietzel, Christian Fischbacher Sen. and Hennoch Altherr founded a company to produce optical precision instruments. From the very start, the entire team was focused on delivering innovative and reliable solutions to customers. Much has changed since then, but not our credo: "Spirit of Partnership”.


In May 2023, Gray Optics, a privately held company specializing in product development and engineering services for medical, life science, and industrial markets, is a part of FISBA. 

Gray Optics a FISBA Company

In February 2023 FISBA receives the ISO13485 certificate for medical devices.

ISO 13485 Coreteam, February 2023

FISBA strengthens its presence on the Asian market, opening its Chinese sales agency, FISBA (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., in Shanghai.

FISBA (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Team 2020

Market launch of the FISBA READYBeam™, a compact laser source with multiple wavelengths. It’s ready to use!

FISBA READYBeam™ , your multicolor laser module for Life Sciences and Industrial Applications

Launch of the FISBA FISCam™, a customer-specific high resolution microcamera with a diameter of under 2 mm and integral lighting.

Having expanded to more than 300 employees, FISBA OPTIK AG is rebranded as FISBA AG.

FISBA Chronik FISCam

FISBA OPTIK AG sets up a production plant in Tucson (Arizona), FISBA LLC, strengthening its position in the USA.

Unser Produktionsteam bei FISBA LLC in Tucson USA

Market launch of FISBA RGBeam™, a miniaturized laser module that can be adapted to individual customer requirements.

Produkt eines Mikro Lasermodules

Inauguration of the new 4400 m² production facility at the headquarters in St. Gallen. The result is more efficient work processes and more stable production conditions.


Development and series production of the CMOS video-endoscope for one of our customers in the medical sector. Lenses with 0.7 mm diameter and camera chips measuring less than 1 mm² open up new areas of endoscopy for FISBA OPTIK AG.

Ansicht einer Auswahl an Mikrolinsen (Durchmesser von 0.7 mm)

FISBA OPTIK AG applies precision molding technology to the production of complex geometric shapes such as aspheres, freeform geometry, and diffractive structures.

Aufnahme: Maschine für präzisionsblankpressen

Market launch of FAC (Fast Axis Collimation) lenses for the collimation of high performance laser diodes, beam shaping systems, micro-illumination systems, and light focusing systems.

Produktbild: Fast-Axis-Kollimations-Linsen (FACs)

A project involving OEM laser modules for applying images onto plates goes into series production, forming the basis for a successful long-term relationship with another valued customer.

FISBA OEM Lasermodul

FISBA OPTIK AG produces up to 100,000 optical components a month and installs a second coating machine (Syrus Pro 1100). 

The company now employs around 300 staff.

Ansicht einer Beschichtungsanlage in der FISBA Produktion

Berlin: Foundation of FISBA OPTIK GmbH, now FISBA Photonics GmbH.

Development and distribution of in-house devices such as the diode laser. Investment in in-house coating technology with the APS 900, an ion-based coating system.

Aufnahme des FISBA GmbH Gebäudes in Berlin, DE.

FISBA OPTIK AG wins the Innovation Award for Swiss Technology at the Hannover Messe for its diode laser.

Hannover Messe

Start of production of micro-optics for endoscopy.

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Christian Fischbacher Sen. acquires the entire company shareholding and changes the name to FISBA OPTIK AG. The company employs around 30 employees.

Portraitaufnahme von Christian Fischbacher Sen.

Waldemar Strietzel, Christian Fischbacher Sen., and Hennoch (Heni) Altherr found an optical precision instrument company under the name of Altherr-Strietzel AG. The Company’s headquarters are located at Rorschacher Strasse 109a in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and it is here that the optical systems are designed and the first prototypes built.

Foto von Waldemar Strietzel

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