The ZEISS Group can expect a bright future thanks to its long-term investment strategy, balanced portfolio, international footprint and globally aligned value creation. As in the fiscal year before it, where targeted investments helped ZEISS shape the future, there were also many highlights in fiscal year 2017/18 – here are just a handful of them.
The 50-year development of our semiconductor manufacturing technologies and ASML’s lithography systems since 1984 culminated in the series production of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography – a technology that may well have enabled the biggest technological leap in the history of chip fabrication. ZEISS celebrated this milestone in summer 2018.
This year’s winners were presented with the ZEISS Research Award during the ZEISS Symposium “Optics in the Quantum World” in Oberkochen. Tobias Kippenberg, Professor at the Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and Jean-Pierre Wolf, Professor at the Biophotonics Institute at the University of Geneva, were honored for their research in quantum physics.
The cloud-based microscopy platform APEER, which was launched in the past fiscal year, is a digital innovation that wil help ZEISS focus more sharply on its customers. This digital tool for microscopy users enhances workflows, thus giving scientists more time to focus on their research rather than on image processing.
The groundbreaking ceremony for a new shared innovation hub on the north campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) took place in Karlsruhe. Construction of the 30-million-euro facility covering 12,000 square meters began in early 2018. The plan to accommodate high-tech and digital startups is set to continue driving networks between the economy and science.
Jena – the founding site and our secondlargest worldwide – will be further expanded as one of ZEISS’s leading innovation hubs. In a new integrated high-tech complex, the units located here will all be housed in one place and capacities for expansions will be created, as will opportunities for networking with partners.
With some 300 employees and 16 sites in Russia, Ukraine, the Commonwealth of Independent States (GUS) and Georgia, the OPTEC Group has long been much more than a regular sales and service partner. With the acquisition of a majority stake in OPTEC, ZEISS is building on a presence spanning almost 115 years in the region and is continuing to expand it.
In January, ZEISS acquired a majority stake in Bosello High Technology, an Italian solutions supplier for industrial X-ray systems. The acquisition marks another step in the company’s evolution into a one-stop provider of non-destructive measuring and inspection technology.
The acquisition of Ulm-based company Guardus elevated ZEISS as a partner for greater productivity in digitalized production that aspires to a new level of integrated solutions for agile process control.
The basis for the long-term success of the ZEISS Group are highly qualified, dedicated and motivated employees. To ensure this basis remains intact, ZEISS attaches great importance to training – and this has been a great success so far. ZEISS trainees like Laura Krebs regularly rank among Germany’s best precision optician trainees.
ZEISS uses its Hackathons to give young talents the chance to get to know the company and its products at regular intervals. In January 2018, an international Hackathon was held for the first time – in both Munich and Bangalore (India). Almost 200 software developers, hardware specialists and designers had just 24 hours to come up with innovative digital solutions.
The European Inventor Award is presented annually by the European Patent Office and is one of Europe’s most important innovation prizes. In 2018, ZEISS Fellow Erik Loopstra and physicist Vadim Banine (ASML), together with their teams of engineers and researchers, received the People’s Prize for their groundbreaking findings in EUV lithography.
ZEISS is represented in over 40 countries around the world. Sales and Service are being strategically expanded in order to consistently think like customers and work with them on future projects. One example from the reporting year is the new ZEISS Quality Excellence Center for Metrology and Microscopy in Barcelona.