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Carl Zeiss AG

Carl Zeiss AG
Company nameCarl Zeiss AG
Company typeAktiengesellschaft
SloganWe make it visible
FoundedJena, Germany (1846)
HeadquartersOberkochen, Germany
Key peopleDr. Michael Kaschke, CEO and President
ProductsPrecision binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, night vision equipment, laser-guided rangefinders, riflescopes, planetarium projectors and other optical equipment.
Revenue(+)- 2,731 million (2007/08)
Net income(+)- 178 million (2007/08)
Employees13,060 (September 30, 2008)

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Carl Zeiss AG is a German manufacturer of optical systems, industrial measurements and medical devices, founded in Jena, Germany in 1846 by Carl Zeiss, Ernst Abbe, and Otto Schott. There are currently two parts of the company, Carl Zeiss AG located in Oberkochen with important subsidiaries in Aalen, Göttingen and Munich, and Carl Zeiss GmbH located in Jena.

The organisation is named after a founder, the German optician Carl Zeiss (1816 1888).

Carl Zeiss is the premier company of the Zeiss Gruppe, one of the two large divisions of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung. The Zeiss Gruppe is located in Heidenheim and Jena.

The other division of the Carl Zeiss Foundation, the glass manufacturer Schott AG and Jenaer Glaswerk, is located in Mainz and Jena.

Carl Zeiss is one of the oldest existing optics manufacturers in the world.

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