ZEISS concludes acquisition of Saxonia Systems AG and creates Carl Zeiss Digital Innovation in Dresden

ZEISS to expand presence in Dresden with another ZEISS Innovation Hub

Oberkochen, Dresden/Germany | 2 March 2020 | ZEISS Group

ZEISS has successfully concluded its acquisition of Saxonia Systems AG, a specialist for customized software solutions. The fully acquired company will now operate as Carl Zeiss Digital Innovation. In the future, the new unit Carl Zeiss Digital Innovation will further support the ZEISS segments with their digital projects and play a leading role in terms of innovation. It will also continue its existing business for customers outside of ZEISS.

The use of digital technologies is a key part of the ZEISS future business strategy. With this new acquisition, ZEISS is systematically expanding its own software development know-how and also securing the expertise and development capacities of Saxonia Systems to realize digital projects of strategic significance in the whole ZEISS Group. Due to the longstanding collaboration between the two companies they know each other well: Saxonia Systems has already been a key ZEISS software development partner for over ten years. Joint endeavors include innovative medical technology solutions.

With the acquisition, ZEISS is further expanding its presence in Dresden. In addition to the first ZEISS Innovation Hub at KIT in Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), a second hub is set to be established adjacent to Carl Zeiss Digital Innovation and the Technical University of Dresden. The hub will act as an interface between science and research, and it will fly the ZEISS flag. It will be open to students and scientists from the Technical University of Dresden and other institutions, to new companies such as university spin-offs, and to ZEISS research groups and product development units. The intention is to support networking and the implementation of joint projects.

Carl Zeiss Digital Innovation helps its customers develop customized software solutions. The unit covers digitalization solutions, from process, technology and software architecture consultations all the way to requirements management, implementation, quality assurance and maintenance. In fiscal year 2018, the roughly 250 employees now working at the new unit Carl Zeiss Digital Innovation in Dresden and at five other sites in Germany generated revenues of more than 30 million euros. In fiscal year 2019, they achieved two-digit growth in both revenue and earnings.

ZEISS aims to considerably expand its activities and employee base at Carl Zeiss Digital Innovation. This March, it will be adding a Hungarian partner unit belonging to Saxonia Systems and welcoming another 60 employees, thus raising the total headcount to over 300.

Press Contact

Jörg Nitschke
Group Spokesman
ZEISS Group
Phone: +49 7364 20-3242
joerg .nitschke @zeiss .com

Ralf Langen
Head of Communications
Corporate Brand and Communications
Tel. +49 7364 20-87999
ralf .langen @zeiss .com


About ZEISS

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 6.4 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2019).

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 of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. 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 over 31,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 60 sales and service companies, 30 production sites and 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.

Further information at www.zeiss.com

Press Contact

Jörg Nitschke
Group Spokesman
ZEISS Group
Phone: +49 7364 20-3242
joerg .nitschke @zeiss .com

Ralf Langen
Head of Communications
Corporate Brand and Communications
Tel. +49 7364 20-87999
ralf .langen @zeiss .com


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