Established in 1817, Switzerland-based glassware company crafts fine and functional hand-blown glass pieces for home. In 1975, Glasi Hergiswil faced possible business closure, as competitors abroad began mimicking their product with machine made glass production and imported a higher volume of glassware at a lower price point. In desperate need of a quick recovery from declining business, Roberto Niederer saved the company with the introduction of lead-free glassware, which proved to be safer for both the manufacturer and consumer. With the introduction of lead-free glass came a simpler and more functional design, bringing the company back to the top of glassware design in Switzerland. Today Glasi Hergiswil continues to create fine hand-blown glassware with a simple, sleek, and functional design under the ownership of Niererer's son. Glasi Hergiswil was, and remains today, the only working hand-blown glass factory in Switzerland.