SPECTARIS - AN ASSOCIATION WITH A HISTORY
The industrial association SPECTARIS has its roots in the 19th century. It all began in 1881, when the German Society for Mechanics and Optics was founded to "safeguard common interests" and emerged from the "Berlin Mechanics' Association". With the change of the name, there was also an expansion of the organization to the whole of Germany. Once a year the members met for a general meeting, the German Mechanics' Day.
At the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900, the German Society for Mechanics and Optics succeeded in presenting the high performance and innovative power of German precision engineering and precision optics with a collective exhibition. 76 German companies took part in the collective exhibition in Paris. Many exhibits had to be gathered from scientific institutes and universities all over Germany. The presentation at the world exhibition brought great recognition abroad.
Today, almost 140 years later, the SPECTARIS industry association still promotes the interests of its now more than 400 member companies in the innovation sectors of ophthalmic optics, photonics, analytical and medical technology and demonstrates the constantly growing innovative strength of the medical technology sector in Germany.