SUZHOU, China—The Zeiss Group announced the opening of its new R&D and manufacturing site on July 8, 2024, in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Covering an area of more than 13,000 square meters, the new site marks the group's first land purchase for its self-built project in China. According to the company, It aims to become a key R&D and manufacturing center in the country for industrial quality solutions, research microscopes, surgical microscopes and ophthalmic equipment.

"We are delighted to inaugurate the Zeiss Suzhou R&D and manufacturing site", said Dr. Jochen Peter, member of the executive board of the Zeiss Group and president and CEO of Zeiss IQR GmbH. “‘Zeiss’ China presence and engagement with companies operating here has not only fueled growth across our business but provides access to industry-leading developments and market scale that is hard to find anywhere else. Zeiss is embedded into the innovation ecosystem in China and creates mutual benefits by innovating here at speed and scale. With the inauguration of the new site in Suzhou, we have reached an important milestone on our journey to upgrade local R&D and expand high-end product portfolios in Greater China."

Maximilian Foerst, president and CEO of Zeiss Greater China, said, "China is one of the most innovative and fastest-growing markets. The new site, leveraging the strengths of the Yangtze River Delta region in resources, talents and collaborative innovation, epitomizes our commitment to digitalization and sustainability. We are ready to leverage our state-of-the-art products and technologies to promote new quality productive forces and provide strong momentum for high-quality development in China."

 (L to R) Tang Hao, Suzhou Industrial Park High-end Manufacturing and International Trade Zone; Sun Yangcheng, Suzhou Industrial Park administrative committee; Jochen Peter, Zeiss IQR GmbH; Ji Jing, vice mayor of Suzhou; Maximilian Foerst, Zeiss Greater China; and Frank Xie, Zeiss Greater China.
Sun Yangcheng, deputy director of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) Administrative Committee, added, "The new site opening demonstrates Zeiss' confidence in the investment environment of Suzhou and SIP. It also highlights our long-standing and mutually beneficial cooperation. As SIP celebrates its 30th anniversary, we are committed to fostering an influential regional hub for innovation and a globally competitive modern industrial center. We will continue to support multinationals including Zeiss with an enhanced business environment and better services. We hope that Zeiss will help foster a vibrant local innovation ecosystem by leveraging its optical technology expertise.”

According to the company, Zeiss Suzhou will closely work and share resources with Zeiss' regional headquarters and its innovation and R&D center in Shanghai to carry out industry-university-research collaboration to foster an ecosystem of advanced equipment innovation development in the Yangtze River Delta region, and become a reliable component of Zeiss' global sustainability, innovation, R&D, and high-end manufacturing ecosystem.