Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke

Seeing Beyond is a mindset to go curiously where others have not gone before, to look ahead and tackle problems that may only be emerging.

Annual Report 2018/19 of the ZEISS Group

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Seeing beyond

is not just about optics. It's a question of attitude.

With the ZEISS brand, we make a promise to our customers. We keep that promise in the work we do every day as your reliable partner in the successful realization of your ambitions, entrepreneurial plans and complex tasks. This results in trust and appreciation, which form the most important basis for any promise. That basis is the prerequisite for a cooperation based on partnership.

In order to keep our promise and prove our trustworthiness time and time again, we approach the fulfillment of demanding and complex customer needs with an enormous capacity for innovation, with leading technologies and with sound application expertise. And with a very special attitude that distinguishes both us as a company and every Zeissian individually. This attitude, too, is expressed in our brand identity: ‘Seeing beyond’.

Expert Talk
From Inspiration to Application A meeting of minds

Dr. Gérard Mourou, professor at the École Polytechnique and Physics Nobel Laureate, Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke, ZEISS President and CEO, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) and Director of the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Jena, discuss the interdependence of basic science, applied research, and the research being conducted in the industry. The three of them met after the opening of the Max Planck School of Photonics in Jena, where they discussed high-power lasers and how they have redefined basic science, engineering, and medical treatments for patients.

Highlights from Fiscal Year 2018/19

A new digital age in visualization

The ZEISS TIVATO 700 and ZEISS EXTARO 300 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. Both systems enable ZEISS to offer customers future-oriented technologies.

A small click on the shutter release – and a giant leap in photography for mankind

Even 50 years after the moon landing on July 20, 1969, the pictures taken that day are as fascinating as ever. The fact that this event has become so firmly anchored in people's memories is mainly down to the unique photos from the Apollo missions. The first pictures taken on the surface of the moon, as well as the view from the moon back to Earth, continue to inspire generations. And the lenses for the cameras used on every mission were made by ZEISS.

Topping-out ceremony for new high-tech site in California

ZEISS has completed the building construction for its state-of-the-art high-tech location in the San Francisco Bay Area with a topping-out ceremony. The new location in Dublin, California is an integral part of ZEISS's global investment strategy and is part of a whole range of international projects aimed at expanding, modernizing and realigning sites that ZEISS has also been implementing in Germany, Europe and Asia since 2011.

GOM joins the ZEISS Group

GOM, a leading provider of hardware and software for automated 3D coordinate measuring technology, is joining the ZEISS Industrial Quality & Research Segment. We intend to further develop our leading technological position together, particularly in the field of optical digitalisation systems. The combination of existing products and solutions with the joint development of new products will provide a foundation for shaping and opening up new markets.

Multifunctional smart glass

ZEISS has developed a technology that, for the first time ever, makes it possible to add smart functions to transparent glass or plastic over large areas and in a host of different ways. The transparent surfaces with integrated, invisible microstructured optics permit a wide range of different applications. For example, the glass panels in the windows of a smart home can perform monitoring duties, measure temperature or display information.

New possibilities with 5G

5G will enable a wide range of sensor, management and quality data to be generated, assessed, and transferred in networked production. Machines and systems will be able to communicate directly with each other. This will provide new opportunities to achieve more flexibility, transparency, and automation in production while further increasing quality.

ZEISS ranked best company in the 2019 Public Value Atlas

Receiving the top ranking underscores the company's positive development, including its efforts to fulfill the mission enshrined in the Carl Zeiss Foundation Statute for the past 130 years: economic success and innovation to serve society with meaningful employment and scientific and technical progress. Today, ZEISS is also driving technological progress to improve people's lives around the globe.

Outcome of the architectural competition for a high-tech site in Jena

The design depicts ZEISS as a vibrant, well-integrated company that also stands for openness and networking. The attributes of openness, modernity and flexibility are brought to life through the building's structure, surface design and visual language. Scalability and flexibility that will ensure good working conditions for the next 30 years and beyond are integral parts of the design.

Corporate Responsibility

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

Available in 14 languages

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

62 million euros

contributed to the ZEISS company pension
in fiscal year 2018/19.

EUR 1.1 million

in funding for around 150 social projects at the sites in Germany.

Optics Insights 2018/19

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