ZEISS, a global technology and innovation leader in the optical and optoelectronic industry, has celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony on the north campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to launch the construction of a new shared innovation building in Germany. The innovation hub will be used by both the Zeiss and the KIT.
Professor Michael Kaschke, President, and CEO of the ZEISS Group, said, “We aim to use the ZEISS Innovation Hub KIT to expand our more than ten-year partnership with KIT and benefit from the potential of one of Germany’s most innovative sites, here on the north campus. We want to offer creative, bright technologically minded graduates room to develop their ideas and projects and take advantage of career prospects at ZEISS.”
Professor Hanselka, President KIT, said, “The ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT bolsters innovation at KIT and intensifies close collaboration with the business world. The Hub offers our carve-outs space to quickly turn their innovative ideas and current research findings into market-ready products. At the same time, it offers our graduates exciting prospects. The strategic partnership between ZEISS and KIT is the expansion of a longstanding collaboration. The ZEISS Innovation Hub KIT enables us to achieve a milestone from which both partners and the Baden-Württemberg site will benefit over the long term.”
The building will cover a total of 12,000 m2 that can be used in many ways – as office space, meeting areas, labs and production facilities. ZEISS is investing approximately €30 million and shall assume the construction and operating costs. While planning the new building, conserving resources was a major consideration.
The new site near Karlsruhe is just one in a series of projects at sites including the USA, the company HQ in Oberkochen and its founding site in Jena. The projects are designed to ensure growth at ZEISS and its innovation and digitalization sites, as well as in emerging markets.
For more information: www.zeiss.com