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ZEISS is an internationally leading technology company operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. ZEISS is shaping technological progress and through its solutions is extending the horizon of the world of optics and associated areas.

ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, as well as 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. ZEISS consists of four segments: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Industry 4.0 as well as a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping technological progress and, through its solutions, is extending the horizon of the world of optics and associated areas. 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.

The ZEISS Group emerged from a workshop for precision mechanics and optics which was established by company founder Carl Zeiss in the east German city of Jena in 1846. Today, the Group's headquarters are located in Oberkochen in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.
The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of Germany’s largest foundations committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.



Optics and optoelectronics industry


Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
Industrial Quality & Research
Medical Technology1
Consumer Markets


Oberkochen, Germany

Executive Board

Dr. Karl Lamprecht (CEO)
Susan-Stefanie Breitkopf (CTO)
Sven Hermann
Dr. Christian Müller (CFO)
Andreas Pecher
Dr. Jochen Peter
Dr. Markus Weber

Fiscal year

1 Oct. to 30 Sept.

1 Not identical to the Carl Zeiss Meditec Group

Segments of the ZEISS Group

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Optics
  • Semiconductor Mask Solutions
  • Process Control Solutions
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Industrial Quality & Research

  • Industrial Quality Solutions
  • Research Microscopy Solutions
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Medical Technology

  • Ophthalmic Devices
  • Microsurgery
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Consumer Markets

  • Vision Care
  • Consumer Products

Worldwide representation

Revenue in current fiscal year
billion euros in revenue in current fiscal year
Facilities worldwide, headquarters in Oberkochen, Germany
facilities worldwide, headquarters in Oberkochen, Germany
Employees worldwide
employees worldwide work for the ZEISS Group

ZEISS in the United Kingdom

The entire ZEISS portfolio offers promising technology that guarantee its partners and customers true excellence. What unites all ZEISS strategic business units is our high standard of quality and innovation.

Microscopy, Medical Technology and Consumer Optics

The ZEISS UK Head Office is located just outside of ​Cambridge. The facility provides an excellent customer demo area showcasing the latest technology from ZEISS’ Consumer Optics, Medical Technology and Research Microscopy Solutions strategic business units. We have a strong Customer Interaction Centre, as well as an on-site repairs facility for Medical Technology and Research Microscopy Solutions. We also have a third party off-site repair centre for our Sports Optics Division.

Industrial Metrology

Our facility covering ZEISS Industrial Metrology is based in Rugby and offers an excellent demonstration centre on site. Our precision solutions are used to aid industries including automotive and aerospace. ZEISS solutions ensure maximum standards of quality wherever high precision is a must.

Vision Care

Based in the heart of Birmingham, ZEISS Vision Care is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of optical goods. Combining ophthalmic expertise and dispensing solutions with an internationally recognized brand, we are dedicated to supporting our customers with premium-quality optical products. Did you know that every second of every day, somewhere in the world, two new people choose to wear our ZEISS spectacle lenses!

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