Meopta is Czech-American global manufacturer of precision optics, specializing in the design, engineering and assembly of complex optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic systems. Meopta makes stuff for the consumer, industrial and military markets.
Meopta - optika, s.r.o. resident in Prerov, Czech republic, Meopta U.S.A., Inc. resident in New York, USA. In 2010 Meopta employed in both companies round 2400 staff.
Meopta traces its roots back to 1933, when the Optikotechna company was founded in Prerov, Czechoslovakia. Originally established with the intention of producing a limited range of lenses and condensers, the company rapidly expanded the range of products to include enlargers, composite lenses, binoculars, riflescopes, cameras and slide projectors.
Optikotechna enjoyed a thriving consumer goods business until the company was seized by German forces in 1939. Optikotechna was then forced to immediately cease consumer goods production in order to supply military optical equipment for the German army. From 1939 until the end of the war, the company produced nothing other than military optical equipment that included rangefinders, periscopes, binoculars and riflescopes.
At the close of WWII, the company re-focused its efforts on the design, development and production of new optical products and in 1946, was renamed, Meopta.
With the advent of the Cold War, Meopta's production was once again shifted primarily toward military products. From 1971 until 1989, over 75% of the company's capacity was allocated to the production of military products for the Warsaw Pact countries.
Finally, in 1992, Meopta became a fully independent, private company and started supplying optical components to optical companies across the globe. Over the past 15 years, investments in both infrastructure and personnel have allowed Meopta to evolve into more than just an optics manufacturing company. Today, Meopta is not only one of the suppliers of a wide variety of premium grade, high performance optics products, but also a provider of research, design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly services.