About ZEISS

What Drives Us

As the pioneer of scientific optics, we continue to challenge the limits of human imagination. With our passion for excellence, we create value for our customers and inspire the world in new ways.

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 7.5 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2021).

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 35,000 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. 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.

Passion for Performance

ZEISS at a Glance

Industry

Optics and optoelectronics industries

Segments

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
Industrial Quality & Research
Medical Technology1
Consumer Markets

Locations

Headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany;
ZEISS is represented in nearly 50 countries around the world.

Revenue

€7.529bn in fiscal year 2020/21
(Status: 30 September 2021)

Research and development expenses

943 million euros

Employees

Over 35,000 worldwide
Of them, more than 14,500 in Germany

Executive Board

Dr. Karl Lamprecht (CEO)
Susan-Stefanie Breitkopf (CTO)
Sven Hermann
Dr. Christian Müller (CFO)
Andreas Pecher
Dr. Jochen Peter
Dr. Markus Weber

Fiscal year

1.10. to 30.9.

Represented in almost
50
countries
Around
30
production sites
Around
100
locations worldwide
60
sales and service locations
More than
35.000
employees
27
research and development facilities

Revenue and Employees

 

Revenue

Employees

2020/21

€7.529bn

35,375

2019/20

€6.297bn

32,201

2018/19

€6.428bn

31,260

EBIT

2020/21

€1.479bn

2019/20

€922m

2018/19

€1.063bn

Equity Ratio

 

as % of total assets

2020/21

52%

2019/20

47%

2018/19

44%

Expenditure on Research and Development

2020/21

€943m

2019/20

€812m

2018/19

€705m

Segment Revenues

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

€2.298bn

Industrial Quality & Research

€1.801bn

Medical Technology

€1.951bn

Consumer Markets

€1.394bn

The Carl Zeiss Foundation

The Carl Zeiss Foundation is the sole shareholder of Carl Zeiss AG. This special ownership structure ensures stability: The Foundation's constitution prohibits the sale of shares, e.g. through an initial public offering. For that reason, the company's shares are not listed on any stock exchange.

Segments of the ZEISS Group

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Optics
  • Semiconductor Mask Solutions
  • Process Control Solutions
Industrial Quality & Research

Industrial Quality & Research

  • Industrial Quality Solutions
  • Research Microscopy Solutions
Medical Technology

Medical Technology

  • Ophthalmic Devices
  • Microsurgery
Consumer Markets

Consumer Markets

  • Vision Care
  • Consumer Products

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology is shaping the age of micro- and nanoelectronics. ZEISS semiconductor manufacturing equipment makes microchips that are ever smaller, more powerful, and more energy-efficient.
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology is shaping the age of micro- and nanoelectronics. ZEISS semiconductor manufacturing equipment makes microchips that are ever smaller, more powerful, and more energy-efficient.

Enabling the Next Generation of Microchips

ZEISS is the global technology leader in the production of systems and modules for microchip production. With semiconductor manufacturing optics, photomask systems and process control solutions, ZEISS supplies key technologies for the production of ultra-fine conductor track structures on silicon wafers – the raw material used to make microchips. Advances in computer technology largely rely on the ongoing development of optical lithography – every new generation enables even finer structures to be produced on the microchips. This makes circuits more compact, resulting in more powerful and more energy-efficient microchips every year. ZEISS has been driving the development of semiconductor manufacturing technology right from day one. ZEISS’ new and unique extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography has created a series of further generations of microchips with ever greater integration density and performance.

ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Revenue in 2020/21

€2.298bn

Increase in revenues

+25%

Expenditure on research and development

€415m

Patents

3,953

Employees

5,211

Industrial Quality & Research

Industrial Quality & Research ensures quality standards and enables scientific research. Industry and science use ZEISS measuring machines, microscope systems and software solutions to identify structures and processes.
Industrial Quality & Research ensures quality standards and enables scientific research. Industry and science use ZEISS measuring machines, microscope systems and software solutions to identify structures and processes.

Assuring Quality and Precision – Seeing Even the Finest Details

ZEISS microscopes visualize tiny structures in nano-dimensions, and highly efficient metrology systems guarantee productivity and quality assurance in industry. Prominent scientists put their trust in ZEISS microscopes when conducting their research. Robert Koch, who discovered the bacterium that causes tuberculosis in 1900, was just one of our famous customers. To this very day, researchers from all over the world use light, electron/ion and X-ray microscopes from ZEISS to make even the smallest structures and fastest processes visible.

Industrial Metrology also boasts a tradition spanning over 100 years. Measuring technology and software solutions from ZEISS provide perfect results in many sectors of industry, such as e-mobility, medical technology, additive manufacturing and aircraft construction, where precision, quality and efficiency are essential success factors. In this way, the reliable, intuitive measuring technology ideally supports efficient quality inspection in production. In addition to extensive service offerings, innovative technologies such as 3D X-ray metrology round off the portfolio.

Revenue in 2020/21

€1.801bn

Increase in revenues

+10%

Expenditure on research and development

€177m

Patents

2,622

Employees

7,363

Medical Technology

Medical Technology shapes medical progress. ZEISS products and solutions for ophthalmology, neurosurgery and ENT surgery, dentistry and oncology enhance patients’ quality of life.
Medical Technology shapes medical progress. ZEISS products and solutions for ophthalmology, neurosurgery and ENT surgery, dentistry and oncology enhance patients’ quality of life.

Driving Progress in Medicine

As a pioneer in medical technology, ZEISS helps doctors all over the world to diagnose and treat diseases more effectively: ZEISS offers eye surgeons comprehensive solutions with its systems and artificial lenses for cataract treatment. In refractive surgery, the company is the innovation leader in the field of minimally invasive laser treatment. For ophthalmic diagnostics, ZEISS products have set gold standards that enable ophthalmologists to make reliable diagnoses in everyday practice. Doctors around the world use surgical microscopes from ZEISS for their microsurgical procedures. The spectrum extends from visualization possibilities for neuro, ENT and spine surgery to dental microscopes and medical loupes for dentistry. In addition, ZEISS offers a system for intraoperative radiotherapy. Digitalization offers exciting opportunities for medicine, a field in which ZEISS is already setting the pace – imaging techniques and software-assisted data management systems enable efficient workflows at practices and hospitals alike.

Revenue in 2020/21

€1.951bn*

Increase in revenues

+18%

Expenditure on research and development

€234m

Patents

2,307

Employees

5,866

* Not identical to the Carl Zeiss Meditec Group

Consumer Markets

Consumer Markets creates memorable moments – as one of the leading manufacturers of eyeglass as well as cine and camera lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes and riflescopes.
Consumer Markets creates memorable moments – as one of the leading manufacturers of eyeglass as well as cine and camera lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes and riflescopes.

Enabling New Vision

ZEISS also stands for better vision. Every year millions of people opt for ZEISS eyeglass lenses and thus for optimum visual comfort. From instruments and apps for precise vision analysis to customized eyeglass lenses, ZEISS offers the optimum combination of ophthalmological and optometric expertise unmatched by any other manufacturer. Innovative lenses from ZEISS provide relaxed, natural vision in all situations to meet all requirements. ZEISS also stands for breathtaking moments: ZEISS lenses were used to film the first Moon landing. Photographers and videographers rely on ZEISS camera lenses to capture unforgettable moments and stories. Consumers are relying on ZEISS technology when it comes to smartphone photography. A large proportion of movies are filmed using ZEISS lenses – for both the silver screen and for streaming services. ZEISS binoculars and spotting scopes turn impressive insights into nature into a truly unique experience.

Consumer Markets

Revenue in 2020/21

€1.394bn

Increase in revenues

+27%

Expenditure on research and development

€68m

Patents

1,801

Employees

12,721

Challenging the Limits of Imagination

Seeing beyond for 175 years

For 175 years, ZEISS has been developing innovations that answer the question "How can we push the limits of our imagination?" In order to celebrate this vision, ZEISS has engaged in discussions with pioneers and leading figures from all over the world. They focus on the megatrends of our time and the associated challenges. As part of the ZEISS Beyond Talks, they share insights into their work, as well as visions, passions and topics that will have a major impact on the future.

Prof. Joachim Mayer
Prof. Joachim Mayer, Materials scientist, RWTH Aachen University
Prof. Antje Boetius
Prof. Antje Boetius, Microbiologist and researcher
Sherry Hormann
Sherry Hormann, German-American filmmaker

Highlights

of Fiscal Year 2020/21

ZEISS Medical Ecosystem
ZEISS Medical Ecosystem - a Concept Built for the Future

At ZEISS Innovation Week, ZEISS Medical Technology unveiled the industry's first-ever integrated solutions that offer customers real added value within the ZEISS Medical Ecosystem. This is a concept that networks systems, data and applications, thus supporting clinical efficiency and high performance.

ZEISS Innovation Hub in Dresden Opens Its Doors
ZEISS Innovation Hub in Dresden Opens Its Doors

ZEISS and the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) are using the ZEISS Innovation Hub to further expand their strategic collaboration. The first Hub program focuses on research into organoid models. To work on it, the team have moved on the campus of the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital – a stone's throw away from top experts in the field.

ZEISS Symposium 2021 © Deutscher Zukunftspreis/Bildschön
ZEISS Sympoisum and ZEISS Research Award

At this year's Symposium experts discussed the role and the potential of optical technologies for medicine and healthcare. The close collaboration between science and industry is a success factor when it comes to putting medical research into practice. The highlight of the celebration was the presentation of the ZEISS Research Award and the Carl Zeiss Award for Young Researchers.

ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7
ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7 Visualizes Subcellular Dynamics over Long Periods of Time

Thanks to the combination of minimized light impact and high resolution, researchers use this lattice light sheet microscope to observe subcellular dynamics over several hours or days. This opens up new possibilities, in particular for cancer research or understanding the early stages of life.

vivo X60 Pro 5G with ZEISS Imaging System
vivo X60 Pro 5G with ZEISS Imaging System

The vivo X60 Pro 5G features a camera system that was jointly developed by vivo and ZEISS. It allows users to capture outstanding images and videos. The new camera system meets ZEISS' image quality requirements and delivers exceptional, razor-sharp images.

vivo X60 Pro 5G with ZEISS Imaging System
Modern Solutions Bring People Together

Augmented reality solutions support crossdivisional services. Teams at customers’ sites can use the Microsoft HoloLens and work with specialists from the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology segment located thousands of kilometers away to analyze problems and discuss possible solutions – without even needing to set foot on a plane.

The multiple dimensions of responsibility

Sustainability at ZEISS

Politics, business and society must now ensure sustainability. As a foundation-owned company, sustainability and business success have long been inextricably linked at ZEISS.
Further information

Climate-Neutral by 2025 – Campaigning for a Better Environment

Water is essential for many production processes at ZEISS: in its manufacturing, cleaning and cooling systems. For this reason, ZEISS uses water multiple times over in a closed-loop system – particularly at sites where the climate is dry. For instance, at the ZEISS Vision Care eyeglass lens factory in Tijuana (Mexico) or at the ZEISS Medical Technology segment assembly plant in Dublin (USA). In India water collecting systems are being used to collect rainfall during the monsoon season that will then be deployed during the dry season. A new cleaning plant at the Oberkochen site also enables an integrative closed-loop rinsing water system.

The next major milestone in terms of climate protection is 2025, by which time ZEISS aims to operate in a carbon-neutral way in its own activities worldwide. By 2022 its main sites across the globe are set to switch to green power. This is ZEISS' contribution to the global target set in the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

Sustainable Products

The ZEISS Industrial Quality & Research segment is focusing on aspects like eliminating long transportation routes. The company has production facilities across the globe, meaning it is able to manufacture products near its customers’ sites. Air freight is often avoided, with seas and rails being preferred. The products are designed to last for decades. Plus, existing systems can often be retrofitted with new technologies.

35,000 Employees are the Biggest Lever

“When sustainability is embraced by every single employee in his/her daily work and it is no longer an ancillary issue that we have to reflect upon, we have done a good job,” says Dr. Nicole Ziegler. The Head of Sustainability and her team are on a mission to anchor sustainability across all the company's processes and ways of thinking. One milestone was the ZEISS Sustainability Week run in October 2021. Employees across the globe were called on to find out more about sustainability and get involved.

Integrity and Compliance

Business activities in line with statutory regulations and internal rules. The aspiration to act with integrity stems from the values that were shaped by the ZEISS’ structure as a foundation-owned company. ZEISS expects the same of all its partners and suppliers.

The World Needs a Helping Hand

The ZEISS Aloka Vision Programme provides medical care to people living in rural parts of India and Nepal. In 2020, 25,000 underprivileged kids took part in an eye screening camp in Karnataka. All those who needed glasses or eye care received it. ZEISS and the Christoffel Mission for the Blind are supporting a training center for treating cataract in Asunción, Paraguay. The center’s mission is to train ophthalmologists and medical personnel throughout the country in phacoemulsification.

A Heart for Science
By launching a global initiative in its anniversary year, ZEISS is encouraging kids and teenagers to get involved in science. The aim is to support dedicated employees as they campaign for the STEM subjects in their local communities, e.g. by teaching, experimenting or running workshops.
Further information

Venture Portfolio and High-Tech Sites

tooz technologies

Southern German innovation

When establishing the joint venture tooz technologies, ZEISS and Deutsche Telekom pooled their expertise in optics, optoelectronics and connectivity. This gave rise to a pair of lifestyle glasses with individual vision correction. It is connected to a mobile device via Bluetooth and presents virtual content in the wearer’s field of vision. The first tooz smart glasses have been available to developers in Germany since May. This allows them to fully test the glasses’ potential and develop innovative apps.

tooz technologies

ZEISS Innovation Center

High tech in California

ZEISS has completed construction on the new ZEISS Innovation Center in Dublin, California (USA). Hundreds of ZEISS employees and key functions will come together. This consolidation strengthens initiatives to focus on growing markets and R&D opportunities in materials research, life sciences and industrial applications. A joint location offers additional collaborative opportunities, particularly in image processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

ZEISS Innovation Center © Jason O'Rear
Attractive Employer

with a unique culture

In a spacious modern setting full of opportunities for further development, ZEISS employees work in a place where expert knowledge and team spirit reign supreme. All of this is supported by a special ownership structure and the long-term goal of the Carl Zeiss Foundation: to take science and society into the future. ZEISS is an ideal employer for exceptional, dedicated talents. ZEISS offers its employees opportunities to actively shape the future and to cross the frontiers of physics and develop new technologies. In this way they make their mark – within the company and for the good of society. Employees also have the chance to take responsibility and play a key role in shaping the progress of today’s markets and industries. Their dedication forms the basis for the innovative strength of ZEISS.

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