Ever since ZEISS was founded 175 years ago, curiosity, passion and precision have been inspiring us, our customers and our partners. Together, we have succeeded time after time in opening up new perspectives, transforming major challenges into major opportunities and making the impossible possible.

In spite of the many changes the world has seen over the past 175 years, one thing has stayed the same: together, we challenge the limits of our imagination.

Find further information about 175 years of ZEISS here.

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ZEISS Today

ZEISS corporate headquarters in Oberkochen
ZEISS corporate headquarters in Oberkochen
ZEISS site in south Jena
ZEISS site in south Jena
Factory at the ZEISS site in south Jena
Factory at the ZEISS site in south Jena
New high-tech site in Jena, as seen from west train station (first construction phase)
New high-tech site in Jena, as seen from west train station (first construction phase)
New high-tech site in Jena, entrance (first construction phase)
New high-tech site in Jena, entrance (first construction phase)
New high-tech site in Jena, interior view.
New high-tech site in Jena, interior view.
Model of new high-tech site in citizens' advice bureau in Jena
Model of new high-tech site in citizens' advice bureau in Jena
Pitch Polishing is a special process where a steady hand and experience are essential.
Pitch Polishing is a special process where a steady hand and experience are essential.
Sandra Arendt works at ZEISS in Jena as a precision optics engineer.
Sandra Arendt works at ZEISS in Jena as a precision optics engineer.
In optical production, the coatings on the lens surface are manually inspected for dust particles.
In optical production, the coatings on the lens surface are manually inspected for dust particles.
During the visual quality assurance inspection, the lens surfaces are checked for imperfections.
During the visual quality assurance inspection, the lens surfaces are checked for imperfections.
The entire series optics portfolio is cleaned in the ultrasonic washing unit.
The entire series optics portfolio is cleaned in the ultrasonic washing unit.
Quality assurance for lenses is done in a laminar flow box with employees wearing protective clothing and hairnets.
Quality assurance for lenses is done in a laminar flow box with employees wearing protective clothing and hairnets.
ZEISS supplies innovative visualization systems for neuro- and spine surgery, ENT, reconstructive surgery and dentistry.
ZEISS supplies innovative visualization systems for neuro- and spine surgery, ENT, reconstructive surgery and dentistry.
ZEISS produces the visualization systems for microsurgery at its site in Oberkochen and at other locations.
ZEISS produces the visualization systems for microsurgery at its site in Oberkochen and at other locations.
The ZEISS TIVATO 700 is a multidisciplinary advanced visualization system that was developed for spine, ENT and reconstructive surgery.
The ZEISS TIVATO 700 is a multidisciplinary advanced visualization system that was developed for spine, ENT and reconstructive surgery.
When calibrating the high-resolution microscope systems, accuracy in the nanometer range is essential.
When calibrating the high-resolution microscope systems, accuracy in the nanometer range is essential.
The microscope platform ZEISS Axio Observer is assembled in several stages on the production line.
The microscope platform ZEISS Axio Observer is assembled in several stages on the production line.
The microscope platform ZEISS Axio Observer is assembled in several stages on the production line.
The microscope platform ZEISS Axio Observer is assembled in several stages on the production line.
An assembly line for ZEISS scanning electron microscopes in Cambourne, UK, where products are manufactured to customer order.
An assembly line for ZEISS scanning electron microscopes in Cambourne, UK, where products are manufactured to customer order.
An assembly line for ZEISS scanning electron microscopes in Cambourne, UK, where products are manufactured to customer order.
An assembly line for ZEISS scanning electron microscopes in Cambourne, UK, where products are manufactured to customer order.

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ZEISS Innovations

EUV lighting system.
EUV lighting system.
ZEISS mirror for the next EUV generation, High NA
ZEISS mirror for the next EUV generation, High NA
The ZEISS CONVIVO® In Vivo Pathology Suite transmits confocal images of tissue microstructures gained intraoperatively to the neuropathologist and provides the surgeon with real-time assistance while in the OR.
The ZEISS CONVIVO® In Vivo Pathology Suite transmits confocal images of tissue microstructures gained intraoperatively to the neuropathologist and provides the surgeon with real-time assistance while in the OR.
CLARUS™ 700 combines ultra-widefield UWF imaging, excellent image quality, and a full range of fundus imaging modalities, including fundus angiography.
CLARUS™ 700 combines ultra-widefield UWF imaging, excellent image quality, and a full range of fundus imaging modalities, including fundus angiography.
The X60 Pro with vivo ZEISS co-engineered imaging system
The X60 Pro with vivo ZEISS co-engineered imaging system
ZEISS ZX1: Full-Frame and Full Connectivity for Creative Photography Workflow on the go
ZEISS ZX1: Full-Frame and Full Connectivity for Creative Photography Workflow on the go
The ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7 lightsheet fluorescence microscope enables the imaging of subcellular structures and dynamics over several hours and days.
The ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7 lightsheet fluorescence microscope enables the imaging of subcellular structures and dynamics over several hours and days.
A ZEISS technology  has made it possible to utilize transparent glass or plastic in a whole range of different ways for the first time ever.
A ZEISS technology has made it possible to utilize transparent glass or plastic in a whole range of different ways for the first time ever.
ZEISS develops first multifunctional smart glass. The transparent surfaces enable a host of applications.
ZEISS develops first multifunctional smart glass. The transparent surfaces enable a host of applications.

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ZEISS in the Past

Carl Zeiss' first workshop in Jena (1846)
Carl Zeiss' first workshop in Jena (1846)
The home and administrative building of Carl Zeiss’ workshop on Littergässchen (today: Carl-Zeiss-Strasse), 1881, purchased by Carl Zeiss
The home and administrative building of Carl Zeiss’ workshop on Littergässchen (today: Carl-Zeiss-Strasse), 1881, purchased by Carl Zeiss
Anniversary postcard for the Carl Zeiss optical workshop, 1896. It features the first workshop (Neugasse 7, 1846-1847), the second workshop (Wagnergasse 32, 1847-1858), the third workshop (Johannisplatz 10, 1858-1881) and the first building of the future main factory (since 1881)
Anniversary postcard for the Carl Zeiss optical workshop, 1896. It features the first workshop (Neugasse 7, 1846-1847), the second workshop (Wagnergasse 32, 1847-1858), the third workshop (Johannisplatz 10, 1858-1881) and the first building of the future main factory (since 1881)
Main Carl Zeiss factory in Jena (1908)
Main Carl Zeiss factory in Jena (1908)
Destroyed Carl Zeiss factory in Jena (1945)
Destroyed Carl Zeiss factory in Jena (1945)
New beginning
New beginning
Dissolution of the Carl Zeiss factory in Jena
Dissolution of the Carl Zeiss factory in Jena
News about winning the case against Carl Zeiss Jena reaches factory gates in Oberkochen on 29 July 1954.
News about winning the case against Carl Zeiss Jena reaches factory gates in Oberkochen on 29 July 1954.
Main Carl Zeiss factory in Jena in 1958
Main Carl Zeiss factory in Jena in 1958
ZEISS employees in Jena protest against the impending loss of their jobs, 13 February 1990.
ZEISS employees in Jena protest against the impending loss of their jobs, 13 February 1990. ©Kreidner, Hans-Werner, Jena
Signing of the Biebelried Declaration by (left to right) Wolfgang Adolphs (Schott Mainz), Klaus-Dieter Gattnar, Horst Skoludek and Dieter Altmann (Jenaer Glaswerk) in the conference room at the Leicht guest house in Biebelried, 29 May 1990.
Signing of the Biebelried Declaration by (left to right) Wolfgang Adolphs (Schott Mainz), Klaus-Dieter Gattnar, Horst Skoludek and Dieter Altmann (Jenaer Glaswerk) in the conference room at the Leicht guest house in Biebelried, 29 May 1990.
Demonstration in Jena on 13 February 1991.
Demonstration in Jena on 13 February 1991. ©Kreidner, Hans-Werner, Jena
Demonstration to retain the Carl Zeiss Foundation in Jena, 20 February 1991. Photographer: Kreidner, Hans-Werner, Jena
Demonstration to retain the Carl Zeiss Foundation in Jena, 20 February 1991. Photographer: Kreidner, Hans-Werner, Jena
First employee meeting at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH on 19 December 1991. Former Executive Board spokesman Horst Skolude speaking at the lectern.
First employee meeting at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH on 19 December 1991. Former Executive Board spokesman Horst Skolude speaking at the lectern. ©ÖA/Hans-Werner Kreidner
Oberkochen Executive Board spokesman Horst Skoludek (right) with employees from the local Legal department Neithardt von Einem and Claudia Bolsinger.
Oberkochen Executive Board spokesman Horst Skoludek (right) with employees from the local Legal department Neithardt von Einem and Claudia Bolsinger.
Peter Grassmann addressing the press after a landmark Supervisory Board meeting on 16 February 1995. In the background: Thuringia's Economic Minister Franz Schuster (left). Photographer: Kreidner, Hans-Werner, Jena
Peter Grassmann addressing the press after a landmark Supervisory Board meeting on 16 February 1995. In the background: Thuringia's Economic Minister Franz Schuster (left). Photographer: Kreidner, Hans-Werner, Jena
Early simple microscope, as Carl Zeiss produced it from 1847 onward
Early simple microscope, as Carl Zeiss produced it from 1847 onward
Compound microscope from Carl Zeiss, Stand I, from 1891
Compound microscope from Carl Zeiss, Stand I, from 1891
Carl Zeiss circa 1850
Carl Zeiss circa 1850
Carl Zeiss circa 1885
Carl Zeiss circa 1885
Ernst Abbe
Ernst Abbe
Dr. Otto Schott
Dr. Otto Schott

Press releases

17. November 2021

ZEISS Celebrates 175 Years of Innovation, Passion and the Courage to Develop

ZEISS ran a virtual celebration to mark its 175th anniversary at its founding site in Jena.

175 years ago, on 17 November 1846, young mechanic Carl Zeiss opened his workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena, thus laying the foundation for what would become ZEISS.
To mark this special day, the company ran a celebration event, the highlight of a jam-packed anniversary year. The virtual event took place on 16 November 2021 at the Volkshaus, in the company's founding city Jena.

15. September 2021

Winners of ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest Announced

Researchers from around 50 countries submitted microscopy images from various application areas

Today, ZEISS unveiled the winners of their ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest 2021. In its 175th anniversary year, ZEISS is celebrating the work of researchers using microscopy in various application fields with an image contest.

11. Mai 2021

175 Years of ZEISS: Powering Innovation for the Future

ZEISS celebrates 175th anniversary in 2021 and looks back over a history packed with pioneering spirit, seized opportunities and new prospects.

The company's success story began 175 years ago, in a small workshop. On 17 November 1846, young mechanic Carl Zeiss opened his workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena, thus laying the foundation for what would become today's global technology player ZEISS.