About ZEISS Australasia

ZEISS is a leading international group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industries. Headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany, the ZEISS Group is directly represented in more than 30 countries and operates production facilities in Europe, America and Asia.

The ZEISS Group is structured as six business groups in three strategic markets. These are:

  • Biosciences and Medical Technology
  • System Solutions for Industry
  • Optical Consumer Goods.

We offer products and services for biomedical research and medical technology, system solutions for the semiconductor, automotive and mechanical engineering industries, as well as high quality consumer goods such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

ZEISS commenced operations in Australasia with the establishment of a Sydney office in 1961. Following strong growth and customer support, the first direct ZEISS office was established in New Zealand in 1978. Today, the ZEISS Australasia Head Office is located in Sydney, Australia, supported by our Auckland based New Zealand office. Our products are also distributed through several select business partners whose market presence allow us to provide sales and service for a variety of customer segments to any location in Australasia.

Locally, our business units include Industrial Metrology, Medical Systems, and Microscopy including Electron/Ion Microscopes, Vision Care (spectacle lens) and Sport Optics (binoculars, rifle and spotting scopes) are distributed by Outdoor Sporting Agencies in Australia and Cameron Sports Imports Ltd in New Zealand.

The ZEISS brand stands for the highest quality, precision and innovation and has done so over 160 years. We aspire to unite innovation, fascination and tradition and we reflect this in our slogan: "We make it visible."

A commitment towards continual quality improvement and customer orientation are key drivers for all our activities.


Company History

1857 While Carl Zeiss was busy making microscopes in Jena, Germany, another German family by the name of Dechert arrived in Australia to settle.
1920s The four sons in the Dechert family, established contact with Carl Zeiss Germany with a view of obtaining the ZEISS-Agency for the fifth continent. In partnership with E.C. Heyne, they formed the company E.C. Heyne Pty Ltd, as the ZEISS agent in Australia.
1939 Despite the death of Heyne, the business continued to flourish with the Dechert brothers at the helm.
WW II Activities were somewhat interrupted by World War II and following the war, while the Dechert brothers continued their good work, they found themselves 'exclusive' agents for two ZEISS companies: one from West Germany and the other from East Germany.
1950s In the mid-50s, Heiner Jaherling from Carl Zeiss West Germany was transferred to Sydney, Australia to join E.C. Heyne Pty Ltd.
1961 Carl Zeiss Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carl Zeiss Oberkochen was formed.
1963 Branch offices were established in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland.
The product range was extended by entry into the ophthalmic eyewear field, the establishment of the Survey and Photogrammetric Section, and the expansion of the Zeiss-Ikon agency (taken over from E.C. Heyne Pty Ltd).
1978 New Zealand Branch offices were established in Wellington and Christchurch.
1980 Shifted the Christchurch operations to a central New Zealand office in Auckland.
2002 Introduction of The Carl Zeiss Vision: The Bridge from the Present to the Future.
2003 Relocated our headquarters from Camperdown to North Ryde, NSW. Shifted from a branch office model to a home office model, which resulted in our closing of the Wellington, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide branch offices.
2005 Re-established a direct sales and service presence in Western Australia having moved to a partner model in 2000.

Carl Zeiss Australasia employs more than 80 staff members. Australian Branch offices are centralised within a newly expanded Sydney Head Office, supported by an Auckland based New Zealand office.

After 25 years, reentered the electron microscopy business directly.

Entered the surgical ophthalmology consumable business with the introduction of ZEISS intraocular lenses and viscoelastics.