ZEISS at a Glance

Branche Optics and optoelectronics industries
Research & Quality Technology
Medical Technology¹
Vision Care/Consumer Products
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
Locations Headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany,
ZEISS is represented in more than 40 countries around the world
Revenue Around 5.3 billion euros (fiscal year 2016/17)
Employees Around 27,000 worldwide,
including over 10,000 in Germany
Executive Board
Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke (CEO)
Dr. Karl Lamprecht
Dr. Matthias Metz
Dr. Ludwin Monz
Dr. Jochen Peter
Thomas Spitzenpfeil (CFO)
Fiscal Year 1 Oct. to 30 Sept.

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress.

ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in over 40 countries and has more than 50 sales and service locations, upwards of 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development facilities around the globe.

In fiscal year 2016/17, the company generated revenue approximating 5.3 billion euros with around 27,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

Corporate structure

of the ZEISS Group

The broad portfolio of the ZEISS Group encompasses six business groups and various strategic business units in four segments.

Carl Zeiss AG manages the Group in its role as a strategic holding company. Its primary function is the ongoing strategic development of the business activities and of the corporate portfolio. It also provides the corporate management and service functions.


Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

Today, a large proportion of all microchips is produced with ZEISS technologies. As the technology leader in the field of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, ZEISS enables the production of increasingly powerful, more energy-efficient and more economical microchips, and thus plays a pivotal role in the age of microelectronics.

Industrial Metrology

Research & Quality Technology

ZEISS ensures standards of quality wherever maximum precision is a must: with coordinate measuring machines, metrology software and microscope systems for research and material inspection. ZEISS plays its part in ensuring that even the tiniest structures and processes become visible.

Medical Technology

Medical Technology

With products and solutions for ophthalmology, neurosurgery, ENT surgery and dentistry, ZEISS helps drive progress in medicine and assists doctors all over the world in enhancing their patients’ quality of life.

Vision Care

Vision Care/Consumer Products

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of eyeglass lenses, ZEISS stands for maximum visual comfort. The movie and camera lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes, planetariums and virtual reality (VR) headsets from ZEISS all offer their users outstanding optical quality and therefore unforgettable moments.

  • 1 listed on TecDAX as Carl Zeiss Meditec AG