1949 Co-founding of Uniopt by Erich Pachleitner 1987 Dr. Michael Pachleitner purchases 100% of the Uniopt Handel mit optischen Waren GmbH shares. Under his leadership, the Uniopt Handel mit optischen Waren GmbH develops into a dynamic and imaginative enterprise with successful trademarks. At that point in time, distribution was limited to Austria and a few Eastern European countries. 1990 Increasing expansion of the company's business activities in the international market. Establishment of an international distribution network including epresentatives in individual countries and direct sales to wholesale customers. 1993 Expansion of the distribution network to comprise the Middle East. 1997 Expansion of the distribution network to comprise the USA. Acquisition of international licensing rights for Prova Eyewear. 1999 Acquisition of the Robert La Roche trademark and completion of the ultra-modern Uniopt Handel mit optischen Waren GmbH head offices in Graz and Vienna. 2000 The Uniopt Handel mit optischen Waren GmbH meanwhile has customers in 34 countries and is aiming at further international markets, its annual sales hitting the 1 million mark in optical frames and sunglasses. Acquisition of the licensing rights of the HIS trademark. 2001 Founding of Uniopt Italia srl. and distribution organisations in Germany, France, Great Britain, Sweden, and Portugal. Acquisition of a company-owned glass production facility for shades and glasses. 2002 developing new markets in Asia. 2003 Introduction of the Jill trademark. 2006 Acquisition of the licensing rights of the Daniel Hechter trademark. 2007 Founding of the Robert La Roche GmbH company.