Schmidt & Co. (Hong Kong) Ltd

IDJ and HF: The origin of Schmidt & Co., (Hong Kong) Limited can be dated back to 110 years ago when Paul Schmidt founded the Schmidt Group of Companies in Tokyo under the name of Schmidt Shoten in 1896. The Group opened its first office in Beijing, China in 1911. In the following years, additional branches were established in major cities throughout China and a branch in Hong Kong in 1931.

For the next couple of decades, the World War II and China revolution have put the business expansion a halt in a wake of the deprivation of business network and resources. In 1953, the Hong Kong office was re-established and registered in the name of Schmidt & Co., (Hong Kong) Limited and has since then become the headquarters in Asia Pacific. (1)

John Dempsey: I am a Leica historian. In a large lot I recently found a brochure from Schmidt & Co. (Hong Kong) Ltd. Interesting date 1963.

Leica Brochure Oct 1963 Schmidt & Company

Thanks to IDJ who has provided the intro above from a Schmidt & Co pocket book titled “Formulary” first published in 1978 and comprising over 300 pages of very useful formula in a number of scientific, medical and engineering categories.


Schmidt & Co book Formulary 1978 IDJ aSchmidt & Co book Formulary 1978 IDJ bSchmidt & Co book Formulary 1978 IDJ cToday the company has its headquarters in Hong Kong, and currently operates 15 regional offices across Asia, including key cities in China, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.” (1)

The image of the company’s branch in Shanghai comes from its website.

This article was first posted on 17th August 2015.


  1. Schmidt & Co. HK website

One comment

  • Ben Mak

    It is just a little update:
    I think it is about three or four years ago, Leitz GmbH has set up it direct branch office in Shanghai and ended the relationship (or alliance/dealership) with Schmidt & Co. (Hong Kong) Ltd.

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