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Innovativeness at Carl Zeiss: Lithography optics

One of the most technologically advanced and innovative areas of Carl Zeiss is lithography optics.


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The future is innovation

Three major factors safeguard the future success of Carl Zeiss.

The history of the high-tech group of companies started back in 1846 with a trial and error approach to optical production. This method was enhanced by Ernst Abbe, a business partner of the company founder, into a systematic, scientific technique. This marked the beginning of more than 160 years of ongoing innovation at the company's parent site in Jena, Group headquarters in Oberkochen and at many other development and production locations all over the world.

Highly qualified employees

Innovative products can only be developed and produced with highly qualified and motivated staff. Carl Zeiss therefore places great emphasis on the careful selection of its employees, offers targeted training programs and provides an attractive working environment. This includes in particular the positive, respectful way in which colleagues treat each other to ensure that everyone can perform at their best in their everyday work.

Networks and partnerships

The complexity of innovations will continue to rise in the future. The required competencies can only be bundled within strong networks. Therefore, Carl Zeiss collaborates closely with its partners not only in research and development, but also in the supply chain. A tightly-knit and well functioning network enables Carl Zeiss to generate a high level of value creation in Germany.

Courage and sustainable investments

Constant and above-average investments in R&D and infrastructure enable Carl Zeiss to leverage the dynamic of the markets. Over the next years, Carl Zeiss will invest around EUR 500 million in the expansion of German sites; around EUR 400 million will be going to Oberkochen. Plans include a new building complex for the medical technology business group and the expansion of the office and production facilities for the semi-conductor technology business group and new production technologies.