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Jenoptik AG
Traded as FWBJEN
Industry Optoelectronics engineering
Founded 1948
Headquarters Jena, Germany
Key people
Michael Mertin (President and CEO), Rudolf Humer (Chairman of the supervisory board)
Services Lasers and laser systems, precision lenses and optical components, metrology systems, traffic enforcement cameras, electric motors, generators, power supply units, optical sensors
Revenue €600 million (2013)
Number of employees
3,430 (end 2013)

Jenoptik is an optoelectronics group headquartered in Jena, Thuringia, Germany and a descendant of the pre-war Zeiss company. The business with manufacturing and representation worldwide is divided into five divisions: Optical Systems, Lasers & Material Processing, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems.

Company profile[edit]

Jenoptik divides its activities into five divisions: Optical Systems, Lasers & Material Processing, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense, and Civil Systems. Its customers around the world mainly include companies in the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, security and defense technology as well as the aviation industry.

Jenoptik has around 3,430 employees and in 2013 generated sales of approximately 600 million Euros (preliminary). The Group was created in 1991 out of JENOPTIK Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH. Since June 1998 JENOPTIK AG has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is included in the TecDAX index. The Jenoptik Group headquarters are in Jena (Thuringia). In addition to several major sites in Germany Jenoptik is represented in about 80 countries worldwide and has major production sites abroad in the USA, France and Switzerland as well as shareholdings in Singapore, India, China, Korea, Japan and Australia.

Dr. Michael Mertin has been the Chairman of the Executive Board of Jenoptik AG since July 1, 2007, and is responsible for the entire operational business as well as for the areas of strategy and innovations, auditing, data protection, communication and marketing, IT, quality and processes and, as Human Resources Director, for personnel.

The group can trace its heritage back to the original Carl Zeiss AG company, founded in Jena in 1846. Following World War II, Jena fell within the Soviet occupation zone, later to become East Germany. In 1948, when it was apparent that the Soviet authorities were moving toward establishing a separate Communist state in their occupation zone, most of the main Zeiss company hastily relocated to West Germany. The Soviet and East German authorities took over the old Zeiss factory in Jena and used it as the nucleus for the state-owned Kombinat VEB Zeiss Jena. The eastern Zeiss became well known for its high-quality optical equipment.

Following German reunification, VEB Zeiss Jena became Zeiss Jena GmbH. The company then sold its microscopy division and other optical divisions to Carl Zeiss AG, effectively reuniting the old prewar Zeiss firm. The remainder of Zeiss Jena GmbH continued as JENOPTIK Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, owned by the state government of Thuringia specializing in the areas of photonics, optoelectronics, and mechatronics.[1][2] The name was shortened to Jenoptik GmbH, and was renamed Jenoptik AG in 1996 when the state divested its interest. The JENOPTIK trademark is owned by Jenoptik AG. Jenoptik is regarded as one of the few companies descended from an East German state-owned enterprise to be successful in the post-Reunification era.[2] Indeed, it was one of the few East German firms that was thought to have a realistic chance of competing in a global market.

Group structure and business activities[edit]

Lasers & Material Processing division


  • Individual epitaxial layer structures on wafers
  • High-quality lasers bars & single emitters
  • Reliable high-power diode lasers
  • Innovative solid-state lasers (e.g. disk lasers, fiber lasers)
  • Pulsed and cw high-power laser systems

Laser processing systems:

  • for cutting, welding and perforating of plastics, metals, glass, ceramics and semiconductor materials
  • for processing – structuring, deletion, separation, drilling and doping – of solar cells

Optical Systems division

  • Optomechanical and optoelectronic systems, modules and assemblies
  • Complex coated optical components, aspheres, filters, cylinder lenses
  • Diffractive and refractive optical components, micro-optical systems
  • Camera systems and components for digital microscopy
  • Photo diodes, LEDs and color sensors

JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC is the North American subsidiary of Jenoptik’s Optical Systems division. JENOPTIK Optical System has around 125 employees in Alabama and Florida with the capabilities to design, fabricate and test complex lens assemblies, diffractive optics, infrared cameras, microscope cameras and projection systems. JOS is ITAR compliant and ISO certified.

Industrial Metrology division

  • High-precision gauging devices and machines
  • roughness, contour and form measurement
  • optical shaft measurement and surface inspection
  • dimensional measurement technology
  • in- and post-process
  • statistical process control (SPC), final inspection and metrology room
  • customer-specific application

Traffic Solutions division

  • Systems and components (OEM components, cameras, radar-based and laser-based sensors, classificators)
  • Modular systems for traffic monitoring (red light, speed, car classification)
  • Service (service providing models, outsourcing solutions, consultation)
  • Software

Defense & Civil Systems division

  • Electro-mechanical systems for use in aviation (transport systems, lifts, rescue hoists)
  • Electrical energy generation and distribution systems
  • Mechatronic stabilization systems
  • Laser sensors / infrared technology
  • Production of radomes and service of AWACS rotodomes for military aircraft

See also[edit]


  1. ^ König, Karsten (21 July 1998). "A Short Review On History Of Optics In Jena". Institute of Anatomy II, University of Jena. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "A passion for politics and a head for business". Optics & Laser Europe. 1 January 2002. Retrieved 19 February 2008. 

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