Optics Industry in Thuringia

High-powered diode lasers, laser scanning microscopes and aspherical lenses for special optical filters are prime examples of sophisticated Thuringian-made technology. Global players such as ZEISS, Schott and JENOPTIK got their start in Thuringia and set the international standard for optics.

Overview

Nearly three quarters of the companies are located in the technology region Jena-Erfurt-Ilmenau and Gera. Here, multinational powerhouses such as Carl Zeiss and JENOPTIK work in close proximity with a number of highly innovative hidden champions as well as excellent research Institutes.

Facts & Figures

  • 187 companies
  • 16,200 employees
  • Around 2,300 students majoring in optics, laser engineering and related fields
  • Roughly 1,600 employees employees at private and university research institutions
  • Over 500 trainees in optic-related professions
  • 67% export quota
  • EUR 3,3 Billion in revenue
  • 10 % of German Photonics companies are located in Thuringia

Key products and technologies

  • Wide-ranging expertise is available in virtually all aspects of optical technologies.
  • Good manufacturer-mix: From makers of circuit elements and components to optical design specialists right up to system suppliers, you are guaranteed to meet the right partner in Thuringia.
  • Manufacturers cultivate close ties with the biotechnology, controls, instrumentation and medical technology industries.

Successful in Thuringia

LEG Investor Service

Individual, competent, non-bureaucratic and flexible.

Cluster "OptoNet e.V."

Cooperative, constructive and competent

Downloads and information

Downloads

  • Factsheet Optics

    Customers worldwide rely on the unique expertise of the Thuringian optics industry.

    Download[pdf, 387 KB]

Contact

Sebastian Scheit

Sebastian Scheit Director Mechanical Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Electronics and Optics

Department:
Investment, International Business and Cluster Promotion

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State Development Corporation of Thuringia
(LEG Thüringen)

Dept. Investment, International Business and Cluster Promotion

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Phone: +49 (0) 361 5603-450
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