From Jena into the world – these times are over. Being more international means being present wherever our customers may be – even when it comes to development and production. It means moving beyond producing everything locally for the rest of the world. We made great progress in the United States towards this goal in 2017. This is reflected by our increase in sales, which was mostly due to the American market last year. Of all our 30 sites around the world, six are located in the United States, and our staff there has increased from around 260 at the end of 2016 to just under 300 today.
West coast, east coast, campus in the middleOur sites can be found at major industrial hubs. This includes a new Silicon Valley branch, just around the corner from potential customers for our high-tech systems. Our Huntsville, Alabama and Jupiter, Florida branches serve the optics, life science, and defense markets.
The campus is more than the sum of its parts
The Jenoptik Campus in Rochester Hills is indeed as big as nine football fields. At just under 9,300 square meters, the new production building is nearly twice as large as the previous facility. A celebration marked the opening of the campus in May, while even more moving crates would follow in August with the first staff members of Five Lakes Automation. Jenoptik purchased the company from the nearby town of Novi, Michigan, a specialist in industrial automation.
Bringing together specialists with a similar market orientation, the Rochester Hills campus has great potential for people to come together – leading to new synergies in process automation and beyond.
Year for year, for example, we are present at the Photonics West Exhibition in San FranciscoThis is the place where the entire photonics world gathers. For six years Jenoptik has been supporting as founding partner the SPIE Startup Challenge, a pitch competition hosted by the international society for optics and photonics SPIE, with cash prizes and expertise:
We are able to lend our support to up-and-coming innovators at the SPIE Startup Challenge for the best business plan.