The workshop for precision mechanics and optics opened by Carl Zeiss in Jena in 1846 already enjoyed a sustained period of prosperity during its early years. On the basis of Ernst Abbe’s outstanding scientific achievements, a global player in the field of optics gradually evolved. This period of success continued for a century.
The enforced partition of Germany as a result of World War II led to two Zeiss companies, one in the West and one in the East.
With the political changes taking place in the former East Germany in 1989/90, the two competitors reunited to form a single company in 1990. Reunited, Carl Zeiss became stronger than ever before in its eventful history. Today, the company looks to the future with optimism and anticipation.
Innovation is the essential key to success of the Carl Zeiss Group. And: Innovations have traditions at Carl Zeiss and are set in stone in the corporate vision. One of the central aims is defined as follows:
"Carl Zeiss is looked upon as the most innovative company in its respective business areas."
The strengthening of innovation is consistently and enduringly pursued, among other things like systematic innovative employment.