Carl Zeiss, Zeiss Ikon and Voigtlander corporate timelines

Carl Zeiss

17.11.1846 Carl Zeiss Jena, Workshop of precision mechanics and optics
1889 Foundation of Carl Zeiss Stiftung
05.1890 Carl Zeiss Jena began to produce lenses
15.09.1926 - 16.04.1948 Zeiss Ikon AG (Dresden)
22.10.1946 - 30.03.1947 Dismantling of Zeiss factories
01.06.1948 Expropriation of Carl Zeiss Jena

Carl Zeiss (East Germany)

01.07.1948 OPTIK Carl Zeiss Jena VEB
07.10.1952 VEB Optik Carl Zeiss Jena
07.06.1953 - 29.06.1990 VEB Carl Zeiss Jena
02.1954 - 04.1971 Agreement on the use of Carl Zeiss names and trademarks (17 year trial in London)
29.06.1990 Transformation from VEB to a trust company: Jenoptik Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH
25.06.1991 Jenoptik Jena GmbH, Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH

Zeiss Ikon, KW/Pentacon (East Germany)

1945 - 1958 VEB Kamera-Werke Niedersedlitz Dresden
1945 - 1952 Production of Contax II/III
01.07.1948 - 06.03.1958 Zeiss Ikon Volkseigener Betrieb Dresden
07.03.1958 - 31.12.1958 VEB Kinowerke Dresden
1959 - 1964 VEB Kamera- und Kinowerk Dresden
1964 - 1968 VEB Pentacon Dresden Kamera- und Kinowerk
1968 - 1990 VEB Pentacon Dresden

Carl Zeiss (West Germany)

01.08.1946 - 09.03.1947 OPTON GmbH (Oberkochen)
31.01.1947 - 30.09.1953 ZEISS-OPTON GmbH (Oberkochen)
23.02.1949 Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Heidenheim/Brenz)
01.10.1953 Carl Zeiss (Oberkochen)
18.05.1956 Acquisition of Voigtländer AG

United Carl Zeiss company

29.05.1990 Carl Zeiss Stiftung (merger of Heidenheim and Jena companies)
10.1997 - 12.04.2005 Cooperation with Kyocera Corporation
2003 - Cooperation with Cosina Co., Ltd.
01.07.2004 - Carl Zeiss AG (Oberkochen)

Zeiss Ikon AG

03.03.1948 - 31.12.1972 Zeiss Ikon AG (Stuttgart)
01.08.1965 - 31.03.1971 Zeiss Ikon/Voigtländer Vertriebgesellschaft mbH (Stuttgart)
01.10.1969 - 1972 Zeiss Ikon/Voigtländer AG (Stuttgart)
21.12.1970 End of production at Zeiss Ikon factory at Stuttgart
01.01.1972 - 1975 Carl Zeiss Contarex Vertrieb (Stuttgart)
30.09.1989 Sold to Oy Wärtsilä

Voigtländer

24.03.1807 J.F. Voigtländer/ Workshop for the production of optical, mechanical and mathematical tools (Vienna)
1839 - 1868 Voigtländer & Son (Vienna)
02.09.1852 (1849) Voigtländer & Son Optical Institute (Braunschweig)
01.01.1898 Voigtländer & Son AG (Braunschweig)
01.01.1927 - 18.05.1956 Voigtländer & Son AG (Braunschweig) / 99.72% owned by Schering AG (Berlin)
05.1956 - 09.1969 Voigtländer AG (Braunschweig) / 99.72% owned by Carl Zeiss Stiftung
From 01.10.1969 "Voigtländer factory", the subsidiary of Zeiss Ikon AG
24.08.1971 End of production at Zeiss Ikon factory at Braunschweig
01.02.1972 Voigtländer GmbH (Braunschweig)
1974 Voigtländer Vertriebs GmbH (Braunschweig)
01.01.1980 Sold to Plusfoto group

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