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The ZEISS facility in the Indian city of Bengaluru

The Silicon Valley of India

Long ranked as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, India is booming. Numerous global corporations have chosen to put down roots in the business hub of Bengaluru – including ZEISS. More than 300 people now work for various ZEISS business groups in this southern Indian city.

Perhaps the best example of India's huge potential is the software industry, with software development now ranked as one of the country's fastest-growing business sectors. Bengaluru, the capital of India's southern Karnataka state, was one of the first software production centers to be actively supported by the Indian government. This led to it being dubbed the 'Silicon Valley of India.' Multinational companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Siemens and Hewlett-Packard have long had a presence here. Yet this metropolis of 8.5 million people – India's third largest city after Mumbai and Delhi – has also gained a reputation as a key business location in sectors other than the software business. Bengaluru is particularly renowned for its innovative capabilities in the fields of aerospace, biotechnology, and information and communication technology, making it one of India's most important high-tech locations.

The accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers lists Bengalru as one of the top 20 fastest-growing economies in the world. This economic boom has led to a massive influx of inhabitants as people flock to the metropolis from other countries and other parts of India: the city's population increased by around 50 percent between 2001 and 2011. So it makes sense that ZEISS is also convinced of the benefits of building up its presence in the high-tech city of Bengaluru.

Blick auf das ZEISS Gebäude in Bengaluru

Blick auf das ZEISS Gebäude in Bengaluru

New ZEISS location

ZEISS opened its new subsidiary in Bengaluru in July 2012. The facility offers a total of 11,000 square meters of space spread over a site measuring approximately 22,000 square meters. More than 300 people work at ZEISS's main location in India. The new Indian head office includes modern office spaces and training facilities and houses several business groups under one roof, including Industrial Metrology, Vision Care, Medical Technology and Microscopy. This marks a key step in ZEISS's plans to expand its production and sales capacities to leverage the potential of the Indian market.

Industrial Metrology: Assembly and Demonstration Center

The ZEISS Industrial Metrology business group has been present in India since 1975. After entering the market through a cooperative venture with Empire Machine Tools, the business group established its first sales office – Carl Zeiss India Pvt Ltd., Bangalore – in 1997. In July 2012, ZEISS opened a new Assembly and Demonstration Center for Industrial Metrology in Bengaluru. This has allowed ZEISS to produce its coordinate measuring machines locally, providing a faster response to customers in the Indian market. In combination with its local Tech Center, the new Demonstration Center has given the Industrial Metrology business group the resources it needs to provide services including demonstrations, training and development, contract programming, subcontract measurement services, and a service hotline.

Medical Technology: Research and Application Center

The ZEISS Medical Technology business group opened a Research and Application Center for medical technology in early 2011. The center primarily caters to the field of ophthalmology. ZEISS has a long-term plan to offer the entire range of Medical Technology products from this facility, which specializes in the development of clinical applications and studies. Key tasks in Bengaluru include defining products specifically for newly industrialized countries such as India and China as well as developing new products for these markets, in particular software and solutions for improving the efficiency of workflows in doctors' practices and hospitals. The local ZEISS team works closely with medical research institutes, hospitals and universities in India to foster the joint development of medical techniques and solutions.

Microscopy: sales and service activities

The Microscopy business group has been working in Bengaluru since 1999 with a team that is responsible for sales and service across India. The business group has a local Demonstration Center which is equipped with a range of optical microscopes. The fast-growing Indian market and the increasing proliferation of standards in medicine and education make India an interesting market for all classes of microscopes as well as for innovative solutions such as the 'digital classroom' concept.

Vision Care: production and distribution of prescription lenses

Following its entry into the Indian market in 1998, the ZEISS Vision Care business group manufactured and distributed eyeglass lenses in India in collaboration with a joint venture partner. In 2011 ZEISS switched to producing and distributing its lenses independently. To ensure ZEISS quality standards were maintained, the company carried out extensive modernization work and restructured its entire sales and distribution logistics process. Today, the business group produces prescription lenses in Bengaluru for both the Indian market and export markets. The entire portfolio of modern lens coating and finishing techniques has also been made available for the Indian market.