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Schneider Buys Century Precision Optics

Schneider Optics, Inc.

Hauppauge, NY - Schneider Optics, Inc., well known in the motion picture and television industries for lenses and filters that set new, higher standards, announced today that the company has purchased Century Precision Optics, located in North Hollywood, California.

Century Precision Optics designs and manufactures professional lenses and lens accessories used by filmmakers and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1948, Century first gained a reputation for lens repair and custom modification. Since then, a stream of new shooting tools has emerged, including periscopes, low-angle prisms, a broad range of video lens accessories and custom lens conversions. In 1992, Century received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Century is also the Exclusive U.S. Distributor for Angenieux Super 16 and 35mm cine zoom lenses.

According to Dwight Lindsey, Senior Vice President of Schneider Optics, "Century Precision Optics is a strong company with innovative products. By bringing the technology that Schneider has developed over 87 years to this acquisition, we expect to be able to enhance Century's already impressive capabilities, particularly in the area of new product development. This will enable Century to grow and improve its line more effectively than ever before, while also giving Schneider an increased West Coast presence."

Century Precision Optics is located at 11049 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. TEL: +1 818 766-3715; FAX: +1 818 505-9865; www.centuryoptics.com. Prior to its purchase by Schneider, Century Optics was owned by Tinsley Laboratories Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Valley Group, Inc. 

Schneider Optics, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Schneider Kreuznach, the acclaimed German lens manufacturer. Schneider has a long history developing and manufacturing extraordinary optics and filters for many industries, including Broadcast Television, Cinematography, Motion Picture Projection, Machine Vision/Robotics, Document Scanning, and most recently for Digital Projection. The Company's lens factory in Bad Kreuznach, Germany has been constantly upgraded since it began making fine optics in 1913 and it is registered to ISO 9001, the highest such global quality standard.

For more information visit Schneider Optics' website www.schneideroptics.com, the Century Precision Optics website www.centuryoptics.com, or contact Schneider Optics, Inc., 285 Oser Avenue, Hauppauge, New York, 11788, USA. TEL: +1 631 761-5000; FAX: +1 631 761-5090.

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