Facts and figures about innovation and technology

Innovation is a way of life at ZEISS. You might even say it is in the company's genes.


To further expand the company's technologically leading position in a wide variety of sectors, the company continually invests in research and development: in fiscal year 2012/13 ZEISS used 10 percent of revenue – the equivalent of EUR 411m (prior year: EUR 390m) – for this purpose.


The key to success at ZEISS is committed, motivated and qualified employees and a corporate culture characterized by such values as performance, responsibility and openness. Overall, around 11 percent of employees work in the various research and development areas of the ZEISS Group.


ZEISS holds a total of 5,863 patents and patent applications around the globe. In fiscal year 2012/13, the company applied for 421 new patents (prior year: 396).

Research and development worldwide

Research and development sites are located around the world,
ensuring that the company is never far from its customers.

The Carl Zeiss Foundation is the sole owner of the company. The sale of shares is prohibited. This makes the company independent and provides the necessary scope for investments.
Carl Zeiss Foundation