The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. Incoming orders hit EUR 2.839 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.743 billion).
“It is our business in the high-tech fields of semiconductor manufacturing technology, industrial metrology and medical technology in particular that are enabling our growth and helping further advance the ZEISS Group,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke, President and CEO of ZEISS. “We are benefitting once again from our balanced and future-oriented portfolio and our broad global footprint.”
|Revenue (in € million)|
|1st six months of
|1st six months of
|Research & Quality Technology||737||743||−1% (+4%)|
|Medical Technology||724||682||+6% (+13%)|
|Vision Care/Consumer Products||538||553||−3% (+3%)|
|Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology||732||541||+35% (+36%)|
In the first half of fiscal year, the segments have been developing according to different dynamics. Particular growth drivers in the Research & Quality Technology segment are still the automotive industry and the great demand for Smart Production solutions. This contrasts with a weaker development in the microscopy business during the first half of the fiscal year. The Medical Technology segment is experiencing strong growth as it is able to gain market share on the hotly contested healthcare market thanks to its many innovative products. In the Vision Care/Consumer Products segment, the excellent developments in ophthalmology stand in contrast to an unsatisfactory business situation for camera lenses. The Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology segment is benefitting from the capacity increases in the semiconductor fabs and is growing by 35 percent, while the number of incoming orders for future-oriented technology Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) lithography is constantly rising.
ZEISS generates around 90 percent of its business outside Germany. The pace of growth differs greatly by region. This positive business trend is borne in particular by the dynamically developing economies in the APAC region.
ZEISS has increased expenditure on research and development by around 20 percent: in the first half of fiscal year 2017/18 and amounted to EUR 298 million (1st half of 2016/17: EUR 247 million).
The number of employees increased by 8 percent. Almost 800 new employees were hired in Germany alone. On 31 March 2018, ZEISS had a global workforce of around 28,300 employees.
ZEISS has assessed the current economic situation as good: “At the present time, there is still excellent momentum for growth in Asia. Added to that is the sustained favorable impact of the global megatrends and a high demand in the semiconductor manufacturing technology segment,” says Kaschke. “The pleasing half-year figures motivate us to make fiscal year 2017/18 a record year for the ninth time in a row. Provided the overall economic framework conditions do not change in any major way, e.g. as a result of trade barriers, we are confident that we will succeed,” predicts the ZEISS CEO.
Kaschke believes that “Digitalization constitutes a tremendous chance for ZEISS to grow, because high-tech solutions from ZEISS play a major role in shaping the digital future.”