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Silicon Saxony: Jenoptik construction on schedule

Exactly one year after the groundbreaking ceremony, the topping-out crown was placed on Jenoptik‘s new high-tech factory in Dresden on September 6, 2023. “Dresden will become a main location for our microoptics activities and we will be integrated into the excellent network of the semiconductor industry in Saxony, which is growing steadily,” says Dr. Stefan Traeger, CEO of Jenoptik.

The photonics group says it is investing in Dresden in a new production facility for micro-optics and sensors, primarily for the semiconductor equipment industry. The high-tech factory will not only meet precise manufacturing conditions, but also high environmental standards, the group says. According to Jenoptik, the company aims to meet the KfW 40 standard and LEED Gold Standard certification, currently the most comprehensive and stringent building criteria in terms of sustainability. As construction progresses, completion of the building sections is scheduled for the first half of 2024. This will be followed by the interior work in the second half of 2024. According to Jenoptik, production at the new factory is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2025.

With the new production facility, Jenoptik intends to bundle manufacturing in Dresden, which is currently spread across several smaller external sites, the group said. In addition to Dresden, Jenoptik also manufactures high-precision and micro-optics at its sites in Jena and Triptis, Thuringia (polymer optics), in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, as well as in Jupiter, Florida, and Huntsville, Alabama, in the United States. Jenoptik also states that it is currently investing in the expansion of capacity at its production sites worldwide. For example, the new medical technology site in Berlin was opened in June.

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