History


 

1976

 

Comar was started by David Marsh In 1976, in Cambridge, UK. Like a lot of great businesses, it started in a shed at the bottom of the founder’s garden, between the onion beds and the potato patch.


 

1979

 

lnitially, David worked as a consultant for the optics and electronics industry, but stock optics quickly became the primary focus of the business. In 1979 the first catalogue was produced, and it paved the way for Comar's success.

 


 

1989

 

ln 1989 the shed had run out of space; it was a choice between the business or the lawn-mower. The lawn- mower won, and Comar moved to a renovated office in Hartington Grove, Cambridge, an increase in floor area of approximately 2250%.


 

1995

 

With this new-found space, business grew fast, and it became increasingly focused on custom optics. Comar invested in manufacturing machinery and began manufacturing custom optics.


 

2000

 

In 2000, custom business overtook stock business, and Comar dedicated its primary resources to producing custom optics for OEMs. Comar launched the Customize service, for rapid production of custom optics in-house.


 

2004

 

In 2004, Comar extended its presence in the global market, by opening a North American office.


 

2013

 

2013 was a busy year: Comar incorporated, rebranded, and finally relocated. The new office in Linton, Cambridge, is vastly bigger than the last, and we now concentrate our efforts on making the source and supply of optics as easy as possible for OEMs globally.


 

2015

 
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Launched RapidOptics, our rapid prototype manufacturing department.


 

2016

 

 

Celebrating 40 years in business. Click to see our video.