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ZEISS at a Glance


Optics and optoelectronics industries


Industrial Quality & Research
Medical Technology1
Consumer Markets
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology


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


€5.817 billion in fiscal year 2017/18
(Status: 30 September 2018)


Approx. 30,000 worldwide,
including over 12,000 in Germany

Management Board

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

Fiscal year

1.10. to 30.9.

Not identical to Carl Zeiss Meditec AG

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 more than 5.8 billion euros in its four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (status: 30 September 2018).

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 far beyond the optics and optoelectronics industries. 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.
With approximately 30,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 60 of its own sales and service companies, more than 30 production sites and around 25 development sites. 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.

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 2017/18

for the ZEISS Group

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.)


€ 5.817 billion



€ 5.35 billion



€ 4.88 billion


Last updated: 30 September 2018



EUR 772 m


EUR 770 m


EUR 615 m

Last updated: 30 September 2018

Equity Ratio


as % of total assets

30 September 2018


30 September 2017


30 September 2016


Last updated: 30 September 2018

Expenditure on Research and Development


EUR 642 m


EUR 552 m


EUR 436 m

Last updated: 30 September 2018

Segment revenues in fiscal year 2017/18

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

€ 1.531 billion

Industrial Quality & Research

€ 1.546 billion

Medical Technology

€ 1.546 billion

Consumer Markets

€ 1.106 billion

Last updated: 30 September 2018

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