Annual Report 2019/20 of the ZEISS Group

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A Global Strategy to Beat a Global Pandemic

How ZEISS is dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus is changing plenty of aspects in our lives. But the ZEISS Group has taken a responsible approach to this, by seeing beyond and running a host of different activities to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This allows the company not only to protect its employees and customers, but also to ensure that business remains stable – and is also making a contribution to society by playing to its strengths.

Brightfield Covid 19
The COVID-19 virus enhanced with artificial dye, captured using a ZEISS GeminiSEM 560, aSTEM detector. Used with permission from Matthew Hannah, Virus Reference Department, Public Health England, United Kingdom

Highlights of Fiscal Year 2019/20

Shaping the Future

Thanks to its long-term investment strategy, balanced portfolio, international footprint and globally oriented value chains, the ZEISS Group can look forward to a bright future. In the prior fiscal year, targeted investments helped ZEISS shape the future. Here are just some of the highlights from fiscal year 2019/20.

ZEISS ranked best company in the 2019 Public Value Atlas
ZEISS redefines digital workflow

The ZEISS Integrated Diagnostic Imaging platform is a multimodal software solution that collects, combines and orders data from different diagnostics devices. The platform generates a digital workflow that expands the range of treatment options and enhances quality. It enables doctors to better treat their patients according to their individual needs. ZEISS is using this platform to create a digital workflow with solutions like the ZEISS CIRRUS® 6000 and ZEISS Glaucoma Workplace.

ZEISS forges global partnership with Microsoft

The ZEISS Group and Microsoft Corp. have forged a longstanding strategic partnership in order to accelerate the expansion of digital services with ZEISS' cloud-first approach. Thanks to the standardization of its products and processes in line with Microsoft Azure as the preferred cloud platform, ZEISS will be able to offer its customers an improved digital experience and react more quickly to changing market requirements.

New possibilities with 5G
ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT
ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT

The ZEISS Innovation Hub on the campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has seen a number of successful collaborations and projects since it opened in early 2020. ZEISS wants the hub to house high-tech and digital start-ups, as well as its own innovations and new business activities. The most recent example of the company's close links to science is a newly launched thesis project on machine learning.

ZEISS runs first virtual trade show booth at Virtual Cine Expo

ZEISS used interactive content and live presentations to provide insights into new products and ongoing projects at the Virtual Cine Expo. The immersive
experience offered visitors the chance to discover its wide range of solutions in a way they have come to expect from a trade show booth. Interactive touchpoints gave visitors different options for engaging with ZEISS and participating in different conversations or lectures.

New possibilities with 5G
The ZEISS TIVATO 700 and ZEISS EXTARO offer users access to augmented visualization methods that go far beyond white light and open up new possibilities in neurosurgery/ENT surgery through their digital functions. © Deutscher Zukunftspreis/Bildschön
German Future Prize 2020: Two ZEISS Teams Make Shortlist

The team from the ZEISS Medical Technology segment was nominated for a German Future Prize 2020 for the ZEISS KINEVO 900 Robotic Visualization System and thus made the shortlist. The team of developers from the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology segment, Trumpf and Fraunhofer won the German Federal President’s award for technology and innovation for the development and industrial maturity of EUV lithography.

New ZEISS Digital Innovation unit in Dresden

ZEISS has successfully concluded its acquisition of Saxonia Systems AG, a specialist for customized software solutions. The company will now operate as ZEISS Digital Innovation. The new ZEISS Digital Innovation unit will further support the ZEISS segments with their digital projects and play a leading role in terms of innovation.

GOM joins the ZEISS Group
ZEISS SmartLife: neues Brillenglas-Portfolio für ein vernetztes Leben
ZEISS SmartLife: New Eyeglass Lens Portfolio Fit for a Networked Lifestyle

We are now more networked than ever and can get online anywhere, anytime. Our eyes shift constantly between a display in the distance, to the side, then downwards, then forwards. Our eyes are much busier than they used to be, and our modern, dynamic lives are changing our visual habits. ZEISS has developed a new, complete eyeglass lens portfolio for all ages that takes these new visual requirements into account in its design.

ZEISS Lightsheet 7: new light sheet fluorescence microscope

With its unique illumination principle, light sheet fluorescence microscopy enables the fast and gentle imaging of large living organisms, as well as tissue and cells as they develop. Thanks to the exceptional stability of the ZEISS Lightsheet 7, researchers can observe living specimens over extended periods of time with less phototoxicity than ever before.

ZEISS Lightsheet 7: neues Lichtblatt-Fluoreszenzmikroskop

Sustainable Development

Corporate responsibility

For ZEISS, business success is directly linked to corporate responsibility. The Carl Zeiss Foundation statutes have served as our guideline for over 130 years. Across five fields of action, ZEISS is building on its historical values and defining its responsibility for ensuring sustainable development.

Further information

In 13 languages

the e-learning module on compliance topics can be accessed by employees all around the world.

473 young people

were doing an apprenticeship or combined degree-and-vocational training program at the company’s sites in Germany at the end of the reporting period.

1 million euros

in funding for 107 projects at the sites in Germany.

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