|The former Nedinsco factory|
image by Hans Kerensky (Image rights)
Nedinsco is an optical company based in Venlo, The Netherlands. It was founded in 1921 by Carl Zeiss. Carl Zeiss which was forced to cut a large part of its military production in Germany after the Treaty of Versailles. Thousands of boxes full of equipment and storage were (illegally) transported to The Netherlands and Sweden in 1919 and 1920. In The Netherlands this material ended up in Venlo, a city located very close to the German border. And because of that excellent location the Nedinsco factory was also build there.
The main part of its production up until the end of the second world war (1945) consisted of products for the military and included U-Boat periscopes, aerial cameras, signal lamps, search lights, artillery rangefinders, binoculars, rifle scopes, etc. etc.
Post-war production still included many military products but also some for civil purposes like an optic goniometer and film cameras.
Nedinsco is still active in the optical world (e.g. chip production) and the military (plot- and aim systems).
Nedinsco is a short for Nederlandse Instrumenten Compagnie (Dutch Instruments Company).
- Nedinsco FK I (1922), an aerial camera designed by Zeiss Ikon
- Nedinsco Argus (1957), a license build Gerlach Ideal Color 35 (viewfinder camera)
- Nedinsco Primo (1958), a license build Steiner Steinette (viewfinder camera)
- Harry P.M. Clerx, Book "Wat produceerde Nedinsco in het verleden?" , seventh edition, Venlo (NL) April 2013, ISBN 978-90-808282-2-3