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ZEISS at a Glance


Optical and optoelectronic


Industrial Quality & Research
Medical Technology1
Consumer Markets
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology


Headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany;
ZEISS is represented in more than 40 countries around the world


Approx. EUR 5.3 billion (fiscal year 2016/17)


Approx. 27,000 worldwide;
of which over 10,000 in Germany

Management Board

Dr. Michael Kaschke (CEO)
Dr. Karl Lamprecht
Dr. Matthias Metz
Dr. Ludwin Monz
Dr. Christian Müller
Dr. Jochen Peter

Fiscal year

1.10. to 30.9.

listed on the TecDAX as Carl Zeiss Meditec AG

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress.

ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe.

In fiscal year 2016/17, the company generated revenue approximating €5.3 billion with around 27,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology is defining the microelectronics age. ZEISS semiconductor manufacturing equipment makes microchips increasingly powerful, and more energy- and cost-effective.

Industrial Quality & Research ensures quality standards. Industry and science use ZEISS coordinate measuring machines, metrology software and microscope systems to identify the smallest structures and processes.

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

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

Annual Report 2016/17

for the ZEISS Group

Whether with science, within industry, in the work environment, of technologies or in society – ZEISS put this issue under the microscope in fiscal year 2016/17.

Key figures of the ZEISS Group

The ZEISS Group prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Revenue and Employees



Employees (30.09.)


EUR 5.35 billion



EUR 4.88 billion



EUR 4.51 billion


Last updated: 30 September 2017





EUR 770 m


EUR 615 m


EUR 369 m

Last updated: 30 September 2017

Equity Ratio


as % of total assets

30 September 2017


30 September 2016


30 September 2015


Last updated: 30 September 2017

Expenditure on Research and Development


as % of total assets


EUR 552 m


EUR 436 m


EUR 466 m

Last updated: 30 September 2017

Segment revenues in fiscal year 2016/17


as % of total assets

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

EUR 1,212 m

Industrial Quality & Research

EUR 1,538 m

Medical Technology

EUR 1,427 m

Consumer Markets

EUR 1,108 m

Last updated: 30 September 2017

Further information about ZEISS


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History of ZEISS


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