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ZEISS to embark on cooperation with BORG Automotive

ZEISS is working with BORG Automotive on new and sustainable technologies for remanufacturing automotive parts.

14 December 2023

Karlsruhe, Germany | 14 December 2023 | ZEISS Group

ZEISS is entering into a cooperation with BORG Automotive, one of Europe's leading independent remanufacturers of automotive parts. Researchers at the ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT will be working closely with BORG Automotive developers and production engineers on this over the next twelve months. The project will focus on researching and implementing new visual and automated solutions for modern remanufacturing processes that enable an even better component quality, performance and service life.

By remanufacturing used components, waste can be reduced and, at the same time, the resources and emissions that would have been required to manufacture new components can be saved. "After remanufacturing, used parts have the same functionality, safety and reliability as new parts. We would like to develop processes with BORG Automotive that will allow us to base even more reliable future predictions about the life of remanufactured parts on measurements and models," says Max Riedel, Head of the ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT adding, "We are delighted to have found a cooperation partner in BORG Automotive that combines many years of practical experience with openness to exploration and innovation."

"Testing components in the remanufacturing process is one of the most important steps in determining which components can be reused – it defines the lifespan and quality of the product. Our ambition is to use automated systems in the processes increase process efficiency and further improve quality standards. We are excited to share our remanufacturing experience with ZEISS and to be part of the transformation of this industry,” says Grzegorz Pawłowski, Group Technology Director at BORG Automotive.

ZEISS to embark on cooperation with BORG Automotive

ZEISS is working with BORG Automotive on new and sustainable technologies for remanufacturing automotive parts.

Circular economy and careful use of resources

Circular economy is one of the ZEISS Sustainability strategy focus topics. ZEISS strives for a circular use of resources with a view to reducing environmental impacts. BORG Automotive's business model is also based on the circular economy, in which the life cycle of vehicle parts can be extended. BORG Automotive has recently had comparative life cycle assessments performed on its eight product groups. These assessments show a tendency for 60% less CO2eq, 42% less energy (MJ), and 70% lower consumption of natural resources (Sb-eq) compared to newly manufactured products.1

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ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 8.8 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2022).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.

With over 40,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities (status: 31 March 2023). Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

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    The average reduction is calculated based on index 100 for each newly produced product without taking differences in production volumes for the 8 remanufactured products into account.