Nedinsco celebrates its 100th anniversary

At the beginning of 1921, the “Nederlands Instrumenten Compagnie” was founded by the German firm Carl Zeiss from Jena. At the time, this happened in an old disused chocolate factory.
Nowadays, exactly 100 years later, the company specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality cameras, boresights, direct vision devices, opto-mechatronic modules and much more.

Due to the current corona pandemic, this important milestone is not being celebrated extensively, but of course this important moment will receive special attention later this year.

From 1921 to now
In 1923, on behalf of Zeiss in Venlo, the construction of a new factory with a special tower was started. The tower building was used to align the optical instruments and also served to calibrate the larger measuring distances. This was done by adjusting the instruments to the many church towers in Venlo. In the 1930s, Nedinsco grew into a company with a positive effect on the regional economy. In 1953 the company became independent and in 2007 Nedinsco moved to a new, modern building. In 2014, Nedinsco took over the Optronica Division of Thales and the portfolio of products has now been expanded to opto-mechatronic modules for all kinds of markets and Nedinsco delivers its products worldwide in top quality.

In 2021, the Venlo location employs approximately 120 people and Nedinsco has the ambition to continue to provide innovative, opto-mechatronic solutions to defense, semiconductors and other high-end industrial markets as a leading, independent company. In addition, Nedinsco wants to tap into new markets and contribute to a rapidly evolving world. With a powerful in-house R&D department and a unique combination of world-class production, assembly and cleanroom facilities, Nedinsco guarantees optimum quality.

Nedinsco receives AS9100 certification

Nedinsco B.V., has been certified to the AS9100 Rev. D quality management standard at their facility in Venlo, the Netherlands.  This certification to the international aerospace quality standard signifies Nedinsco’s ongoing commitment to meeting and exceeding increasingly stringent industry requirements for aerospace & defence related products.

Adding AS9100 certification strengthens Nedinsco’s competitive position and further standardizes quality processes across the organization. AS9100 is the international quality management system standard for the Aircraft, Space and Defense (AS&D) industry and AS9100 Rev. D is the most current standard. The standard provides manufacturing suppliers with a comprehensive quality system for providing safe and reliable products. AS9100 is managed by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and based upon ISO 9001.

“Nedinsco is extremely proud to have achieved AS9100 certification,” said Nedinsco’s CEO
Arno Bouwmeester. “In receiving this important certification, Nedinsco once again demonstrates our commitment to continuous quality improvement in the design, manufacturing and lifecycle support of advanced optomechatronics assemblies. I am very proud of our team that worked so hard to reach this goal.”

In particular, Eelco Westdorp, Quality Manager spearheaded the project to get Nedinsco certified. Eelco states, “AS9100 certification recognizes the manufacturing team’s dedication to customer satisfaction, product quality, and continuous improvement. I’m extremely pleased with the effort every team member has demonstrated to our Quality Management System and look forward to our continued strategic development.”

Operations at Nedinsco received AS9100 certification following extensive quality management system audits by Lloyd’s Register, a premier management systems registrar.

How it’s made!

Interested in how we at Nedinsco can make your car smartphone machine laptop even smarter?

At Nedinsco, numerous departments work together to develop technologies for a brighter future. After all, collaboration is essential in making pioneering innovations a reality. Working with colleagues and clients, we develop high-quality opto-mechanical solutions that make machines and products smarter and better. These might include your car, your smartphone, or your laptop.

Below, you can read more about how this technology contributes towards a smarter world.

Pioneering EUV technology for the latest generation of chips

Our technical expertise and creative spirit have helped us to develop high-quality opto-mechanical solutions for more than a century – solutions for global brands in diverse markets. We work together to develop technology that helps drive the world forwards. For instance, we are involved in the development and production of critical, pioneering parts for machines that produce and inspect semiconductor chips.

For one of our clients, we developed and produced the Beam Delivery System (BDS). A revolutionary system!

The Beam Delivery System is the core of the high-brightness Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) light source that facilitates mask inspection for EUV lithography. It is required for the mass production process for the next generation of semiconductors. The BDS ensures that different, independent laser beams are accurately focused at the same location. The powerful laser beams then evaporate tin plasma at the location. The evaporation process produces EUV light, which is used for mask inspection.

It is in part thanks to this system that semiconductor chips are becoming smaller, cheaper, and smarter, and in turn, so are devices that you use every day, such as your smartphone.

The latest generation of EUV chip

Major global players expect a lot from this new generation of chips machines – that work with EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet Light) technology and make increasingly smaller semiconductors possible. To be able to work with EUV light, the optical part is located within a vacuum, whereby the light is conducted by means of mirrors, rather than lenses.

The opportunities offered by this technology are vast and will allow us to develop even better and more efficient chips in the future.

Would you like to know more about our technological opportunities? Please get in touch. Our experts would be happy to help you consider your options.

Nedinsco collaborating on pioneering laser-communication technology

The need for rapid, secure data transmission continues apace and is likely to be in increasing demand for years to come.

The number of systems that need to exchange data between one another is growing, and with that, the quantity of data.

Major online streaming services have recently been asked to reduce the quality of their services to free up more bandwidth for other types of communication.
Much of this communication is via satellites, utilizing Radio Frequency Technology. To help meet increasing demand, Nedinsco is working on a new technology that will help to expand the existing infrastructure. The new technology utilizes laser light instead of radio frequencies. Since 2014, Nedinsco has been working with TNO to develop this pioneering laser technology for the aerospace industry.
Using lasers is very advantageous because of their greater efficiency, speed, and safety. This technology also offers a solution for the use of quantum key distribution.

The Netherlands has a lengthy history in high-end opto-mechatronic series production. Series production of high-quality opto-mechanical systems for the space industry is new.
To service the global market with this specific expertise, Nedinsco has formed a consortium with VDL ETG, DEMCOM, Hyperion, and TNO under the name ‘FSO Instruments’. FSO Instruments is the laser communication equipment provider.
Further information and a short video on the collaboration between Nedinsco and TNO can be found here:

International attention to laser technology

Recent weeks have seen articles on laser technology published in both the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper and Laserfocusworld magazine. You can find these articles here (first in Dutch):

Coronavirus COVID-19

We have, over recent days, received an increasing number of queries concerning the potential impacts of coronavirus on the production and delivery of our products.

Nedinsco is currently producing and delivering  as agreed, we have sufficient raw materials and workforce available to work on your orders.

We have of course made some adjustments on the shop floor in order to safeguard the health and welfare of our employees.

We are working strictly to the regulations imposed by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and have formulated a protocol incorporating rules for employees and visitors. We thank you for understanding that we are currently unable to accept any visitors and we are paying even closer attention to the hygiene of our employees, many of whom are working from home where possible. Our protocol aims to protect all Nedinsco employees to the fullest extent possible.

How the situation is likely to evolve in the Netherlands and across Europe over the coming days is uncertain. In the event that the present situation does change, we shall of course let you know. Our colleagues in the Sales department are on hand should you have any questions:

High Tech NL visites Nedinsco

Collaboration and innovation are at the basis of every success. It is important to continue to develop as a high-tech company. That is why Nedinsco believes that continuous innovation and collaboration between and with high-tech companies and knowledge institutions are extremely important. Approximately 195 organizations are united in High Tech NL; from small to large companies and knowledge institutions. To strengthen the network, High Tech NL works closely with more than 40 other networks, development companies, interest groups and clusters in the Netherlands and abroad.

Nedinsco tour

We are therefore delighted that the members of High Tech NL will be guests at Nedinsco on 20 June. This way we can introduce them to our high tech possibilities in the field of optical, mechanical and electronic markets. Nedinsco supplies high-quality optomechatronic solutions in various sectors for a variety of internationally demanding customers. We strive to always be at the forefront of technology. From design, production, surface treatment, cleanroom assembly, testing, quality assurance up to and including maintenance and lifelong service, we perform this under one roof.

The program:

3.00 pm – 3.15 pm | Walk-in & reception
3.15 – 3.30 p.m. Nedinsco presentation
3.30 pm – 4.15 pm | Tour
4.15 pm – 5.00 pm | General Members Meeting High Tech NL
5 pm – 6.30 pm | Network drink

Are you also interested in the possibilities that Nedinsco has to offer for optical, mechanical and electronic markets? Or do you have a challenging technological issue? Please contact us. We are happy to help you further:

Semicon Europe

Nedinsco is the specialist for optical challenges in semiconductor market

Nedinsco is a valuable partner for companies that produce high-precision equipment that embed functionality to guide light and/or reflection. With our extensive experience in the field of Optics, Mechanics and Electronics including software, we design & produce high-end optomechatronical modules & systems for the semiconductor market

In the semiconductor market, Nedinsco specialises in optical systems, assemblies, alignment systems, and measurement and control equipment. Nedinsco’s development capability and high-quality engineering are recognised by renowned international companies.

Learn more about our products.

When you have optical challenges? Don’t hesitate and contact us.

Semicon Europe 2019

Are you curious which capabilities we have to offer the semiconductor market? Then come visit us at Semicon Europe in Munich.


AUSA Washington DC 14-16 October 2019

14 till 16 October 2019 Nedinsco is present at the AUSA in Washington DC.You can find us at booth 4306.De AUSA is the largest land power fair in North America.

Safety for those who protect us

Nedinsco’s wide range of high-quality products for the defence market is integrated in excellent equipment, used in land and naval systems.

In the defence world, Nedinsco is regarded as one of the leaders in the supply of high-quality, state-of-the-art systems with military certification. These systems are designed to meet customers’ most stringent demands, both today and tomorrow. All defence products are ruggedised and able to operate under the most extreme conditions.

At the AUSA we proudly present the following systems:

OTUS – Vision at all conditions | More about OTUS:

Back up Sight – Brings safety to your crew | More about Back up Sight:

Boresight – The most accurate alignment in the world | More about Boresight:

About Nedinsco

Nedinsco was founded in 1921 by Carl Zeiss Jena, which had then already been a world leader in precision optics for more than a century.

At Nedinsco, excellent quality never enters the discussion.
We either make a top quality product or we don’t make it at all.

Not just in terms of product development itself, but also in terms of intelligent and efficient coordination of the optical, mechanical, and electronic disciplines. With a more efficient and higher quality end product as a logical consequence.

We would like to invite you to visit our booth 4306. Here we present our groundbreaking new technologies for the defence and security market:

Nedinsco has been working for many defense clients such as Kongsberg, Hensholdt, Saab and many others for decades. Are you also looking for a technologically high-quality partner who can really make the difference for you? Contact us here:

Cooperation between TNO and Nedinsco results in a high-quality optical module for the space industry

TNO is the largest research institute in the Netherlands. They connect people and knowledge to create innovations that strengthen the competitiveness of companies and the welfare of society for the long term.
They do this together with the crème de la crème of the Dutch high-tech companies.

Here at Nedinsco, we are currently working with TNO on the development of pioneering technology for the space industry. Communications between satellites and the Earth currently take place using radio frequency. Nedinsco and TNO are jointly developing a new technology for communications between satellites and the Earth: laser communications.

Laser communication technology offer a number of advantages:

  • Laser communication is faster than communications using radio frequency;
  • Laser communication is safer, and improved safety is urgently needed.


Development of optical modules

Laser communication is possible thanks to a lightweight optical module. Ultimately, the lightweight optical module will be mounted on a satellite and launched into space. It will pick up all the laser signals sent up there and convert them into data. This optical module makes safer and faster laser communications possible between satellites and the Earth.

Nedinsco is responsible for the design, development, and actual production of the lightweight optical modules, including the assembly of the optical elements and the extensive testing of the modules. Environmental requirements, risk minimization, and tolerance analysis are central aspects of the testing process.

Cooperation between TNO and Nedinsco results in a high-quality optical module

The space industry is innovative, modern, and high-tech.
Here at Nedinsco we are constantly working on the challenge of developing innovative technologies; technologies that are also of interest for other markets in which we are active. We are delighted to be able to work with strategic partners such as TNO.

Niel Truyens, Senior Business Developer at TNO, on Nedinsco

“Five years ago, we started working together on the development of a new system for space technology.
We consider it important to work together with the real top-notch parties in the industry: 
companies that can produce the best and meet very high quality standards, and that can also offer series production. And Nedinsco excels at that!”

The collaboration between Nedinsco and TNO is set to last for decades to come. We are very happy with the development of the new laser technology for the space industry. In addition, there are plenty more opportunities and innovation drives that we want to develop further together on the basis of current and new technologies.

If you have any questions about the optical module described above, if you are curious about what we could offer, or if you are facing a particular challenge relating to a system, instrument, or component, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to help you.

Nedinsco at the DSEI in London

10 to 13 September 2019, Nedinsco is on the DSEI in London.The DSEI is the leading event that connects decision-makers in the defence and security market.

About Nedinsco

Nedinsco was founded in 1921 by Carl Zeiss Jena, which had then already been a world leader in precision optics for more than a century. At the moment they still develop ground breaking products. We are proud that the brand Nedinsco -just like ZEISS- stands for precision, quality, innovation and reliability. If you want to know more about Nedinsco’s -optical, mechanical and electrical- capabilities?

We would like to invite you to visit our booth S6 – 255. Here we present our groundbreaking new technologies for the defence and security market:

Back Up Sight

The Back Up Sight is a direct-sighting device, it enables gunners and commanders of armored vehicles, to observe and aim in degraded mode. The Back Up Sight serves our tradition of optimizing SWaP and it is proven in field with integration in new, existing and retro-fit programs for armored vehicles. The Back Up Sight is a modular system which can be tailored to every need.

For more information and film:


The OTUS is a Military Off The Shelf (MOTS) full-HD, colour camera. The OTUS has been developed to ensure that drivers of military vehicles can safely navigate and manoeuvre both during the day and at night in poor-visibility conditions without the use of lighting equipment on vehicles, supplementary infra-red lighting, or lasers. The wide, full-HD field of view gives a detailed image of the road ahead, as well as either side of the road.

For more information and film:


Nedinsco has been working for many defense clients such as Kongsberg, Hensholdt, Saab and many others for decades.Are you also looking for a technologically high-quality partner who can really make the difference for you? Contact us here: