Jenoptik, a top maker of laser optics and an SPIE Corporate Member, has emerged from the Communist era and German reunification to help lift the fortunes of its hometown, Jena, and much of the economy of the former East Germany, reports an article in Spiegel magazine.
Home to a university and a number of private and public research institutes, Jena feeds intellectual capital and talent into companies such as Jenoptik, and Jenoptik in turn helps the city remain prosperous.
Jenoptik dates from the late 19th century, when Jena was already a site of technical and intellectual prowess. More than a century later, it is a thriving optics and laser company and the second-largest employer in the city.
Jenoptik's success in managing the post-Soviet transition lies in both continuity with the past and openness to change.
Earlier this year, former Jenoptik Chairman Prof. Dr. h.c. Lothar Späth received the SPIE Visionary Award for his success in restructuring the company and revitalizing the optics industry throughout the region. SPIE President Maria Yzuel presented the award at the SPIE Europe Optical Metrology congress in Munich, Germany, on 15 June.
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Read the full article in Spiegel Online.