Industriestraße 2
CH 9630 Wattwil

Company profile

The high-tech company optrel AG, headquartered in Wattwil, Switzerland, is a leading manufacturer of auto darkening protection products and respiratory protection systems, focused primarily on safety, health and productivity. optrel products are widely used by welders, metal fabricators, and other workers worldwide. The company employs about 50 people and exports its products around the globe.


As the original inventor of the auto-darkening welding helmet and autopilot function, optrel offers a full range of products that protect welders from light while working. optrel’s respiratory protection systems work in conjunction with its helmets, optimizing welders’ protection and improving their efficiency. Optrel products are recognized globally as leaders in quality, innovative technology and design – Swiss made.



Optrel products protect customers in many different industries such as automotive, shipbuilding, oil and gas, chemical/petrochemical, metal fabrication, energy production, construction and engineering, maintenance, art, DIY and leisure activities.



Optrel AG was founded in 1986 by Swiss entrepreneur Andre Eggenschwiler. Today the company is owned by the Koch family. Inspired by welders, Marco Koch leads optrel in bringing consistently revolutionary welding protection products to the global marketplace.