Carl Zeiss Op­tron­ics be­comes Cas­sid­ian Op­tron­ics


Cas­sid­ian has ac­quired a ma­jor­ity share­hold­ing in what was pre­vi­ously Carl Zeiss Op­tron­ics GmbH from Carl Zeiss AG. Cas­sid­ian now holds a 75.1 per cent stake in the new com­pany, which has its head­quar­ters in Oberkochen, Ger­many, while Carl Zeiss AG holds 24.9 per cent.

All of the op­ti­cal and op­tronic ac­tiv­i­ties pre­vi­ously car­ried out by Carl Zeiss Op­tron­ics GmbH are to be con­tin­ued un­der the name of Cas­sid­ian Op­tron­ics GmbH. This in­cludes also the South African sub­sidiary Carl Zeiss Op­tron­ics (Pty) Ltd. soon trad­ing un­der Cas­sid­ian Op­tron­ics (Pty) Ltd. This was an­nounced by Cas­sid­ian in Mu­nich.

Bern­hard Ger­w­ert, CEO of Cas­sid­ian, said: “Carl Zeiss Op­tron­ics rep­re­sents a valu­able ad­di­tion to our ex­ist­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the field of sen­sors. In coming years, this will en­able us to of­fer com­plete sen­sor so­lu­tions to cus­tomers around the world, sup­ply­ing ev­ery­thing re­quired our­selves.”

For Cas­sid­ian, the ac­qui­si­tion of this part of Carl Zeiss AG is a strate­gic ad­di­tion to its ex­ist­ing prod­uct port­fo­lio. Cas­sid­ian Op­tron­ics will ex­ploit Cas­sid­ian’s global sales chan­nels and its know-how to pro­vide its ex­ist­ing busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties with a longterm per­spec­tive. Both part­ners ex­pect that the com­bi­na­tion of mar­ket ac­cess and the in­te­gra­tion into Cas­sid­ian’s sys­tems and plat­form busi­ness will open up new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. The com­pany will be in­te­grated into Cas­sid­ian’s Sen­sors & Elec­tronic War­fare busi­ness line.

Cas­sid­ian’s Sen­sors & Elec­tronic War­fare busi­ness line de­vel­ops and man­u­fac­tures prod­ucts in the fields of radar, elec­tronic war­fare, air traf­fic con­trol and self-pro­tec­tion in Ger­many, France, Bel­gium and South Africa.

At its Ger­man lo­ca­tions of Oberkochen and Wet­zlar, as well as at its South African site in Irene, Cas­sid­ian em­ploys about 780

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