Germany’s ZEISS, an international technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics, Thursday broke ground on a new site in Lyon Township.
The new facility for the industrial quality and research segment of ZEISS will consolidate four existing Michigan facilities into one location and provide room for growth. It will contain a customer demonstration area; offer training, support, and metrology, or measurement, services; and house fixture system production and assembly.
“We are investing over $45 million in the Detroit metro region to strengthen and increase our engagement in this global automotive and smart factory hot spot,” says Jochen Peter, member of the executive board of the ZEISS Group and head of the industrial quality and research segment.
“This will not only have a strong, positive impact for our customers and partners in North America but will also generate new momentum for the whole industrial quality and research segment of ZEISS worldwide.”
The new center will provide a portfolio of dimensional metrology and inspection equipment as well as services to industries including automotive, medical, aerospace, defense, machine tools, and general manufacturing job shops. The center will span more than 82,800 square feet over two floors and house almost 170 employees.
ZEISS measuring specialists will be able to perform proof-of-capability demonstrations for multidimensional measurement equipment, surface form and geometry equipment, and non-destructive testing and surface defect detection equipment.
It will also be a center for aftermarket sales support. Customers can receive training on how to use ZEISS software and systems, and software help desk services will operate out of the facility.