Carl Zeiss AG

A company with history

The ZEISS group operates internationally in the field of optics and optoelectronics. The headquarters of the company, which is represented in 40 countries, is Oberkochen in Baden-Württemberg.

The history of ZEISS began at the end of the Second World War. In 1945, the American troops deported 77 managers from Carl Zeiss Jena to Heidenheim. One year later, they founded "Opton Optische Werke Oberkochen GmbH" as a subsidiary of the Carl-Zeiss foundation. The new company moved into space in empty factory buildings in nearby Oberkochen.

In the following years the company expanded, along with the small town of Oberkochen. An office building and a 20-metre domed planetarium were built in the 1950s and 1960s as well as factory buildings. A further expansion followed in the 1980s and included, for example, the building of a production building for industrial metrology. In 2006, the new factory for Carl Zeiss SMT AG on the edge of the town was officially opened - the most modern development and production centre for lithography optics in the world. In 2012, the building of a factory for Carl Zeiss Meditec AG was added.

The management area of the building is fitted out with electrical installations in the classical LS 990 design from JUNG. With its quality and clear shape, this switch range has proved its worth for more than 40 years. The classical design of the switch with its narrow frame fits harmoniously in every setting. The LS 990 sets a clear, stylistic tone in aluminium.

The lighting as well as the shade control is managed with KNX technology from JUNG. In the management area as well as in the newly built canteen, lighting, blinds and light scenes are controlled with push-button sensors. The intelligent building automation provides the interface to the media technology at ZEISS, and combines convenience, safety and energy efficiency. KNX is thus the standard worldwide for high-class private and commercial construction. The smart JUNG solutions combine function, design and intuitive ease of operation.


Pictures: Henrik Schipper

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