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Company History

The workshop for precision mechanics and optics opened by Carl Zeiss in Jena in 1846 enjoyed a sustained period of prosperity during its early years. On the basis of Ernst Abbe’s outstanding scientific achievements, a global player in the field of optics gradually evolved.

The company’s heyday lasted for a century.

The forced partition of Germany as a result of the political situation after World War II resulted in the development of two Zeiss companies.

Following the political changes in the former East Germany in 1989/90, the two competitors merged to form a single company in 1990. Reunited, Carl Zeiss became stronger than ever before. Today, the company looks to the future with optimism and excitement.


At a Glance

Carl Zeiss began as a small workshop and grew into one of the world’s leading companies in the optics industry.


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Milestones in the Company’s History

Here you will find an overview of the milestones in the history of Carl Zeiss.


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20 Years of Reunification

Learn more about the events in Jena (East Germany) and Oberkochen (West Germany) from 1989 until the present.


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The ZEISS Logo

The reunification of Carl Zeiss 20 years ago is also reflected in today’s company logo.


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Company Magazine

The Carl Zeiss company magazine can look back on an interesting history of its own – part of it in Oberkochen and part of it in Jena.


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