By converting to a GmbH in 2002, Rodenstock set a course towards having a capital market compatible company structure. A non-family financial investor was taken on in 2003 with Permira Beteiligungsberatung. In 2007, the European investment company Bridgepoint took over the shares held by Permira Fonds. In 2015 stieg Compass Partners als zusätzlicher Investor bei Rodenstock ein.
As an international company with this structure, Rodenstock is using a modern instrument of corporate financing and has thus been able to substantially increase its competitive power.
The company, which was founded in 1877, is based in Munich and has a worldwide workforce of around 4,500. It is represented by sales subsidiaries and distribution partners in more than 85 countries. Rodenstock maintains production sites at a total of 14 locations in 13 countries.
Competence in both ophthalmic lenses as well as frames makes Rodenstock a unique brand in ophthalmic optics, which can offer glasses wearers the complete “glasses” system from a single source.
Over the past few years, Rodenstock has concentrated on the core business of glasses, which means the development, manufacture, and marketing of ophthalmic lenses, frames, as well as sport and sunglasses. It has broken away from marginal activities in the areas of technical optics (precision optics) as well as instruments and machinery for ophthalmic optics. It invested in innovative advanced development of ophthalmic lenses, frames collections of the Rodenstock Brand and Porsche Design, new production plants in Germany and internationally, as well as in new sales subsidiaries in worldwide markets.
In financial year 2016, Rodenstock achieved turnover of 409 million euro.