Leica Camera AG and Jenoptik conclude a cooperation agreement

(PresseBox) (Jena/Solms, ) The existing collaboration between the partners in the area of digital imaging is to be further intensified. Know-how bundled in order to meet stringent customer requirements.

LEICA Camera AG and JENOPTIK AG have announced that Leica Camera AG and the Digital Imaging business unit forming part of the Jenoptik Group's Optical Systems division have concluded an agreement for long-term cooperation in the area of the development, integration, manufacture and supply of digital imaging components comprising optoelectronics and software.

"Leica is a leading manufacturer of analogue and digital camera systems and our products are synonymous worldwide with the highest standards in terms of technology, quality and reliability" says Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Management Board of LEICA Camera AG, commenting on the intensification of the collaboration between the two companies. During the course of the market development Leica intends to further integrate digital technology and optoelectronics in particular into its existing and future cameras and in this way further expand its position as a leader in the premium segment. "In Jenoptik we have a reliable partner for this purpose, one which has the necessary experience in order to meet the stringent requirements demanded by our customers" continues Dr. Andreas Kaufmann.

Comprehensive product portfolio in the Digital Imaging business unit.

Jenoptik's Digital Imaging business unit specializes in the development and manufacture of high-performance imaging systems. The components and systems are used in professional, digital photography, microscopy, including, amongst others, for applications in the field of life sciences and in biotechnology, as well as in industrial metrology and traffic solutions. The product range extends from electronic assemblies and software for imaging, to digital camera systems, up to client-specific total systems, e.g. for particle metrology. Dr. Dirk Rothweiler, Head of the Jenoptik Optical Systems division: "We are pleased to be further deepening the partnership with Leica since this provides further proof of the fact that through our Digital Imaging business unit we are meeting the stringent requirements demanded by our customers".

"The partnership enables us to offer our customers the combined expertise of both companies" adds Wolfgang Keller, Head of the Jenoptik Digital Imaging business unit. This business unit forms part of the Optical Systems division within the new Jenoptik Group divisional structure which was introduced with effect from January 1, 2008.

About Leica Camera AG

Leica Camera AG is an international company operating in the optical industry, with headquarters in Solms, Germany and a second location in Portugal. All the products from the three areas of photography, hunting lenses and field observation have one task in common: to create a better image. The product range covers a broad selection of cameras for photography, projectors for reproducing images, binoculars, scopes and distance measurement equipment for observation. These are the lenses upon which the fabled Leica brand is founded - handy, compact, practical precision lenses for analogue and digital photography. Thanks to targeted investment in the manufacture of aspheric lenses, over a period of many years the company has accumulated a broad range of know-how from the manufacture, optical calculation, measurement technology used, right up to the lens design and assembly of aspheric lens systems.

All Leica cameras and lenses, all projectors, binoculars, scopes and laser distance measurement devices are the result of years of experience, uncompromisingly high standards of quality as well as continuous further development through international innovation teams comprising specialists and users - created in the high-tech laboratory and Leica's manufacturing facility. Top quality materials, combined with reliable precision mechanics and meticulous manufacture guarantee to create brilliant images. Last but not least, Leica's After-Sales Service ensures that Leica represents decades of product enjoyment and lasting value.


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