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. The ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling more than 8.8 billion euros in its four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (updated: 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, as well as 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 Industry 4.0 as well as a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping technological progress and, through its solutions, is extending the horizon of the world of optics and associated areas. The 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% of its revenue in research and development work – ZEISS has a long tradition of high expenditure in these areas. This also represents the Company's investment in the future.

With over 38,000 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: 30 September 2022). 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 around 50 countries around the world.

Revenue

€8.754bn in fiscal year 2021/22
(Status: 30 September 2022)

Research and development expenses

1.151 billion euros

Employees

Over 38,000 worldwide
Of them, more than 17,000 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 around
50
countries
More than
100
sites worldwide
Over
38.000
employees
More than
30
production sites
More than
60
sales and service locations
Around
30
research and development facilities

Revenue and Employees

 

Revenue

Employees

2021/22

€8.754bn

38,770

2020/21

€7.5297bn

35,375

2019/20

€6.297bn

32,201

EBIT

2021/22

€1.588bn

2020/21

€1.479bn

2019/20

€922m

Equity Ratio

 

as % of total assets

2021/22

55%

2020/21

52%

2019/20

47%

Expenditure on Research and Development

2021/22

€1.151bn

2020/21

€943m

2019/20

€812m

Segment Revenues

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

€2.757bn

Industrial Quality & Research

€2.066bn

Medical Technology

€2.251bn

Consumer Markets

€1.569bn

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 Manufactuaring Technology is shaping the age of micro- and nanoelectronics. ZEISS Semiconductor Sanufacturing equipment makes microchips that are ever smaller, more powerful, and more energy-efficient.
Semiconductor Manufactuaring Technology is shaping the age of micro- and nanoelectronics. ZEISS Semiconductor Sanufacturing 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 – each 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. The Company’s new and unique extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography has created a series of further generations of microchips with ever greater integration density.

ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Revenue in 2021/22

€2.757bn

Increase in revenues

+20%

Expenditure on research and development

€538m

Patents

3,659

Employees

6,215

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 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. With a strong, broad technology and software portfolio, comprehensive expertise and a global presence, ZEISS is the preferred partner of industry. In addition to extensive service offerings, innovative technologies such as 3D X-ray metrology round off the portfolio.

Revenue in 2021/22

€2.066bn

Increase in revenues

+15%

Expenditure on research and development

€186m

Patents

2,322

Employees

7,534

Medical Technology

Medical Technology shapes medical progress. ZEISS products and solutions for ophthalmology, neuro and spine surgery, ENT and reconstructive surgery, dentistry and oncology improve patients' quality of life.
Medical Technology shapes medical progress. ZEISS products and solutions for ophthalmology, neuro and spine surgery, ENT and reconstructive surgery, dentistry and oncology improve 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 2021/22

€2.251bn*

Increase in revenues

+15%

Expenditure on research and development

€296m

Patents

2,472

Employees

6,829

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 unique 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 rely on ZEISS technology when they use their smartphones to capture the most beautiful moments in photos and videos. 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 2021/22

€1.569bn

Increase in revenues

+13%

Expenditure on research and development

€82m

Patents

1,936

Employees

13,008

Thinking and Acting Sustainably

Sustainability at ZEISS

As a foundation-owned Company, sustainability and business success are inextricably linked at ZEISS. Sustainable value added is an integral component of the Company's business activity, which focuses on providing innovative solutions that contribute to positive development in society and enable long-term, profitable growth.
As part of its corporate strategy, ZEISS has placed vale for society, climate action and circular economy and at the focus of its sustainability efforts, setting specific targets for the period up to 2025.

Highlights

of Fiscal Year 2021/22

ZEISS Medical Ecosystem
ZEISS Microscope Developers win the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2022

Dr. Thomas Kalkbrenner, Dr. Jörg Siebenmorgen and Ralf Wolleschensky have been awarded the 2022 Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Prize) for their contribution to ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7. The novel microscope enables gentle 3D imaging of living cells and thus, for the first time, observation of subcellular dynamics in 3D over hours and days. This opens up new possibilities such as for cancer research.

ZEISS Innovation Hub in Dresden Opens Its Doors
ZEISS celebrates 175 Years

On 17 November 1846, a young mechanic named Carl Zeiss opened his workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena, thus laying the foundation for what would become ZEISS. To mark its 175th anniversary, ZEISS held a digital ceremony at its founding site in Jena on 16 November 2021, as the highlight of an eventful birthday year, as well as a 24-hour live stream radio show for all ZEISS employees worldwide.

ZEISS Symposium 2021
A Heart for Science

ZEISS initiated the new corporate volunteering program A Heart for Science, in which ZEISS Employees can pass on their knowledge to the explorers of tomorrow. The program aims to encourage young people to go into science and technology.

vivo X60 Pro 5G with ZEISS Imaging System
ZEISS receives Intel EPIC Distinguished Supplier Award

As one of 26 prize winners, ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) was awarded the EPIC Distinguished Supplier Award by Intel in April 2022. Through this award, Intel recognizes SMT's consistently high performance in various performance criteria. According to Intel, SMT has been instrumental in the Company's success, always proving agile and flexible while championing safety, quality, diversity and integration.

vivo X60 Pro 5G with ZEISS Imaging System
ZEISS ClearView - Milestone for Optics and Aesthetics

With ZEISS ClearView eyeglass lenses, the ZEISS Consumer Markets segment has found a way to transfer complex freeform designs to single-vision stock lenses, making complex lens surfaces possible for stock lenses as well. With ZEISS ClearView eyeglass lenses, ZEISS has found a way to transfer complex freeform designs to single-vision stock lenses, making complex lens surfaces possible for stock lenses as well. The surface of the lens is optimized using over 700 free calculation parameters, a significant advance over spherical or aspherical single vision lenses. As a result, ZEISS ClearView eyeglass lenses offer high optical quality from the center to the periphery of the lens, while being significantly thinner and flatter than conventional stock lenses.

vivo X60 Pro 5G with ZEISS Imaging System
ZEISS Medical Technology Acquires Manufacturers for Surgical Instruments

ZEISS Medical Technology acquired two manufacturers of surgical instruments: Kogent Surgical, LLC and Katalyst Surgical, LLC, both based in Chesterfield, USA. ZEISS Medical Technology expects this strategically important acquisition to scale its business and expand its offering in the field of surgical solutions. With FDA approval for MTLawton – a new generation of bipolar forceps for electrosurgery – a first surgical instrument from this acquisition was recently launched on the market.

Solutions to Shape the Future

ZEISS is an enabler of digitalization and a global technology leader. Through digital and highly innovative solutions for customers, the Company is driving the future of technology. As a market shaper, ZEISS aims to continuously develop the world of optics with its products and solutions. With its semiconductor manufacturing technology, ZEISS is already shaping the heartbeat of digitalization.

ZEISS Digital Partners

Helping to shape ZEISS’ digital future

Together with the ZEISS business units, the ZEISS Digital Partners develop digital solutions and innovations for ZEISS customers.

ZEISS Ventures

Empowering tech startups to become market shapers

ZEISS Ventures invests and manages a portfolio of startups and focuses on opportunities that connect the Company's strategic core business areas, go beyond them or could even be disruptive for its own core business areas.

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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Annual Report 2021/22

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