Jenoptik: Topping-out ceremony for the new high-tech factory in Dresden

Progress on the Jenoptik construction site in “Silicon Saxony” is on schedule.

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Exactly one year after the groundbreaking ceremony, the topping-out ceremony for Jenoptik’s new high-tech factory in Dresden was held on September 6, 2023. In addition to those involved in the construction, Jenoptik employees* and neighboring companies from the industrial park were present.

For the speedy construction under sometimes challenging conditions, Jenoptik CEO Dr. Stefan Traeger, representing the entire Jenoptik management, thanked all those involved in the construction and once again emphasized the importance of the new fab within Jenoptik’s global production network. In the future, the high-tech fab will manufacture micro-optics and sensors that are mainly used in semiconductor lithography systems. “Dresden is becoming a main location for our microoptics activities and we are integrated into the excellent network of the semiconductor industry in Saxony, which is constantly growing,” said Stefan Traeger.

The Jenoptik photonics group is investing in Dresden in a new production facility for micro-optics and sensors, primarily for the semiconductor equipment industry. The high-tech factory will not only meet precise manufacturing conditions, but also high environmental standards. Jenoptik aims to meet the currently most comprehensive and strictest building criteria in terms of sustainability with the “KfW 40 Standard” and the “LEED Gold Standard Certification”.

In the further course of construction, completion of the building sections is planned by the first half of 2024. This will be followed by the interior work in the second half of 2024. Production is scheduled to start in the new factory at the beginning of 2025.

Jenoptik has been active at the Dresden site since 2007 and has grown in recent months with a current workforce of just under 90. With the new production facility, Jenoptik will bundle manufacturing in Dresden, which is currently spread across several smaller external locations. Additional high-quality jobs will be created and the number of employees on site will increase to a total of more than 120. In addition to Dresden, Jenoptik also manufactures high-precision and micro-optics at its Thuringia sites in Jena and Triptis (polymer optics), in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, and in Jupiter (Florida) and Huntsville (Alabama) in the United States.

Jenoptik is currently investing in expanding capacity at its production sites worldwide. For example, the new medical technology site in Berlin was opened in June.

Information about the Fab can be found on the Internet at High-Tech Factory in Dresden. Pictures of current construction activities and the topping-out ceremony can be downloaded from our image database.

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