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Zeiss: new Photonics & Optics business unit

Zeiss has announced that it will establish a new strategic business unit ‘Zeiss Photonics & Optics’ on 1 October 2024. The business unit will bundle smaller, existing businesses outside the Zeiss divisions that are characterized by growth potential. The seven businesses work for customers worldwide and offer technologies for optics and photonics.
The units of the strategic business unit ‘Consumer Products’ will transfer from the ‘Consumer Markets’ division: Cinematography, Mobile Imaging, including brand partnerships and Photo, as well as the business with optics for hunting and nature observation. In future, Microoptics, Spectroscopy, Planetarium and Simulation Projection Solutions will be transferred from the Zeiss Group’s Production Company to the new strategic business unit.
The combined annual turnover of all units together is expected to be around 200 million euros. With almost 900 employees, Zeiss Photonics & Optics will be active worldwide with locations in Germany, Hungary, the UK, the USA, India and China, according to the company.
The new strategic business unit focuses on the growth of the independent units and is intended to make a significant contribution to the entire brand development. According to Zeiss, for example, more than 20 million people visit a Zeiss planetarium every year, over 15 million use Zeiss optics for mobile photography, and Zeiss lenses are used to produce films for cinema and streaming. Micro-optical innovations such as multifunctional glass are to find broad applications in the automotive and smart home sectors.
André Kutz, currently Head of Strategy at the Zeiss Group, and Dr Bernhard Ohnesorge, Managing Director of the Zeiss Group’s production company, will take over the management of Zeiss Photonics & Optics from the next financial year 2024/25. According to the company, the reorganisation of Photonics & Optics will not result in any changes to products, services or contacts for Zeiss customers.


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