Innovation is a way of life at ZEISS. You might even say it is in the company's genes.
At ZEISS, innovation is always put in the context of society as a whole. All innovations aim to ensure that future customer needs related to products, services, solutions and business models are met, and that they offer added value and benefits. They no longer deal only with the development of new products, but also aim to enable a new kind of management and new business models.
"Optical technologies are key technologies for our future. Their technical and scientific applications will increasingly impact our everyday lives in the years ahead.Dr. Karl Lamprecht, President and CEO of ZEISS
Optical technologies are important in the life sciences, medicine, IT, telecommunications, the automotive and consumer industries, as well as many other areas. Innovation is part of the ZEISS strategy and is anchored in the corporate identity. It is the foundation of the ZEISS Group's continued growth. That is why ZEISS invests 11 percent of its revenue in research and development. ZEISS has a long tradition of similarly high expenditures for research and development, which also represent our investment in the future. The research and development teams at ZEISS are working hard to continually advance our leadership in the field of technology.
Innovative products can only be developed and produced by highly qualified and motivated staff. ZEISS therefore places great emphasis on the careful selection of its employees, offers targeted training programs and provides an attractive working environment. This includes in particular the positive, respectful way in which colleagues treat each other to ensure that everyone can perform at their best in their everyday work.
Constant, above-average investments in R&D and infrastructure enable ZEISS to leverage the dynamic of the markets. In recent years, ZEISS has invested a great deal in expanding its sites and will continue to do so. For instance, ZEISS is continuing to expand its founding site in Jena by adding a new, integrated high-tech complex as a leading innovation site
Through a process of trial and error in optical production, Carl Zeiss wrote the history of the high-tech group of companies founded back in 1846. Ernst Abbe, business partner to the company founder, turned the method into a systematic, scientific technique.
This marked the beginning of more than 170 years of ongoing innovation at the company's parent site in Jena, Group headquarters in Oberkochen and at many other development and production locations all over the world.
ZEISS stands for technology and innovation leadership and aspires to shape markets through innovation.
ZEISS is creating the framework required to ensure that it can continue to develop market-shaping innovations in the future – both for the company itself and for every single employee.
ZEISS has launched special, cross-divisional activities in order to further speed up the company’s digital transformation and set up new business.
ZEISS Digital Partners, a newly formed unit within the ZEISS Group. They have a clear goal: to enable and accelerate ZEISS’s digital transformation @speed and @scale. They are developing digital solutions jointly with the ZEISS business groups and are accelerating innovation that delivers a future value for our customers and our company.
ZEISS launches dedicated ventures to enable entrepreneurs to realize their ambitions in originating, developing, and commercializing market-shaping innovations for global markets.
Innovation Hub is turning today’s research into tomorrow’s applications by teaming up scientists, students, entrepreneurs, industry experts and end-users. It is located at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, one of Germany’s leading technical universities at the heart of a thriving local innovation ecosystem.
Find out more about the development of key products and technologies, and about the history of ZEISS optical systems.