ZEISS at a Glance

Branche Optics and optoelectronics industries
Research & Quality Technology
Medical Technology¹
Vision Care/Consumer Products
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
Locations Headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany,
ZEISS is represented in more than 40 countries around the world
Revenue Around 4.5 billion euros (fiscal year 2014/15)
Employees Just under 25,000 worldwide,
including over 10,000 in Germany
Executive Board
Dr. Michael Kaschke (CEO)
Dr. Hermann Gerlinger
Dr. Matthias Metz
Dr. Ludwin Monz
Thomas Spitzenpfeil (CFO)
Fiscal Year 1 Oct. to 30 Sept.

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. The ZEISS Group develops and distributes semiconductor manufacturing equipment, measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetarium technology. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress.

ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, and Vision Care/Consumer Products. ZEISS is represented in over 40 countries and operates more than 30 production sites, over 50 sales and service locations and about 25 research and development facilities.

In fiscal year 2014/15 the company generated revenue approximating €4.5 billion with around 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation (Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung).

Corporate structure

of the ZEISS Group

The broad portfolio of the ZEISS Group encompasses six business groups and various strategic business units in four segments. The units develop, produce and distribute optical systems such as lithography systems, industrial measuring technology, microscopes, surgical microscopes, ophthalmic diagnostic and therapy systems, eyeglass lenses, planetarium technology, cine and camera lenses, as well as binoculars, riflescopes and spotting scopes.

Carl Zeiss AG manages the Group in its role as a strategic holding company. Its primary function is the ongoing strategic development of the business activities and of the corporate portfolio. It also provides the corporate management and service functions.


Medical Technology

Medical Technology

With its products and solutions for ophthalmology, neurosurgery and ENT surgery, ZEISS helps drive progress in medicine and assists doctors all over the world in enhancing their patients' quality of life.

Industrial Metrology

Research & Quality Technology

ZEISS guarantees the required quality standards in applications where maximum precision is a must: with metrology solutions and microscopes for materials inspection. In research, microscopes from ZEISS assist in making even the smallest structures and processes visible.

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Today, a large proportion of all microchips is produced with ZEISS technologies. As the market leader in lithography optics, ZEISS is playing a pivotal role in the age of microelectronics by constantly enabling new microchips with increasing performance and compactness.

Vision Care

Vision Care/Consumer Products

As one of the world's leading manufacturers of eyeglass lenses, ZEISS stands for maximum visual comfort. The movie and camera lenses, planetariums, binoculars and spotting scopes from ZEISS offer their users outstanding optical quality.

  • 1 listed on TecDAX as Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
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