Our company is associated with the family and belongs
to the competence carriers at the optics location Wetzlar. Henner Befort (Managing Director) and Peter Befort


Our strengths

We are driven and inspired by our slogan "Optics with System - System with Optics". We are your single-source supplier, geared to fulfilling specific requirements ranging from individual lens elements to precisely fitting system integration, from special optics to complex opto-mechanical sub-assemblies.

Quality you can count on

100 years of experience and a strong innovative spirit have made us what we are today. Our heritage of design and development is upheld by outstanding specialists. Our state-of-the-art production facilities enable high flexibility and guarantee top quality - no matter whether you're looking for single-piece production or need reliable series production.

Here's where you'll find our products

Customized solutions in various application areas and successful technology transfer - these are the challenges we rise to every day. Not surprisingly therefore, you'll find our precision lenses and optical systems nearly everywhere - even in places where you least expect to see them. Applications range from metrology and sensor technology via mechanical engineering and laser technology to environmental protection or aviation and space technology.

Our projects and products can be found in the areas of:

  • Metrology and medical technology
  • Analytical instruments
  • Sensor technology
  • Laser technology
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Environmental protection
  • Aviation and space technology

Our broad manufacturing spectrum, our flexibility and our "short paths" means that we are in demand as a supplier of innovative optics.

Our company specialises in:

  • Design and construction of optical systems
  • Precision optics
  • Spherical optics
  • Plane optics
  • Precision mechanical components
  • Coatings: rheostat and electron beam vaporizing, ion-aided coating

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quality management

DIN EN ISO 9001:2015

The manufacturing of optics, optical components and optomechanical systems requires a high degree of care and attention in both development and manufacturing. In order to avoid errors continuous quality assurance is required, from the design stage through to the finished system.

Our quality guidelines are always geared to the customers' requirements. Each employee has both internal and external customers. Our aim is to satisfy all customers. Thanks to our management system every employee contributes to continuous quality improvement.

Befort Wetzlar has been *certified* since 2006
by the Technical Inspection Authority (TÜV Nord)
in accordance with DIN ISO 9001.

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Befort Wetzlar stands for experience, competence and innovation strength. It's no coincidence that the company name is a combination of the family name and the location. Ernst Befort was a microphotographer at the Leitz company before setting up on his own in 1922. He founded the "Ernst Befort Optical Workshop" and began making graticules and scale divisions on optical substrates. In 1976, his son Peter Befort took over the company management, turning the "workshop" into a highly modern enterprise. Since 2005 he has managed the company together with his son, Henner Befort, taking the family business into the third generation. Besides manufacturing, Befort Wetzlar increased its focus on development and engineering.


Today, Befort Wetzlar is one of the leading suppliers of precision optics. We make optical components ranging from individual lens elements to complex sub-assemblies and systems. In the field of Optical Design we have specialized in the innovative and application-specific design of opto-mechanical and opto-mechatronic systems. We also provide a coating service for the optical substrates of a large number of international optic users. All this and more besides is the work of around fifty employees at our Wetzlar factory. 80 per cent of them are skilled workers, technicians and engineers.