News › JENOPTIK • New owner for crys­tal growth busi­ness in Eisenach

Jenoptik LogoJen­op­tik sells crys­tal growth busi­ness to Hellma Mate­ri­als, and con­ti­nues to focus its busi­ness on pho­to­nic app­li­ca­ti­ons. Hellma Mate­ri­als takes over all 25 employees, and con­ti­nues all busi­ness activities.

Hellma Mate­ri­als GmbH, Jena, is taking over Jenoptik’s ger­ma­nium crys­tal growth busi­ness. A con­tract bet­ween the par­ties was signed yes­ter­day (Mon­day). The acqui­si­tion is still sub­ject to regu­la­tory appro­val, which is expec­ted wit­hin the next weeks. Both par­ties have agreed not to dis­c­lose the purchase price.

Hellma Mate­ri­als is a spe­cia­list in the pro­duc­tion of syn­the­tic crys­tals and opti­cal cer­a­mics for various app­li­ca­ti­ons, pri­ma­rily for micro­li­tho­gra­phy, optics, laser tech­no­logy and radia­tion detec­tion. Jenoptik’s crys­tal gro­wing acti­vi­ties are bund­led in Pho­to­nic Sense GmbH, Eisen­ach (Thu­rin­gia). The pro­du­ced blanks from opti­cal ger­ma­nium and sili­con are the base mate­rial, e.g. for infra­red optics.

The busi­ness sold ide­ally com­ple­ments the pro­duct port­fo­lio of Hellma Mate­ri­als. »With the acti­vi­ties acqui­red, we can offer our cus­to­mers an even more com­pre­hen­sive range of mate­ri­als for app­li­ca­ti­ons in the opti­cal and pho­to­nic indus­try,« says Dr. Tho­mas Töp­fer of Hellma Mate­ri­als. Hellma Mate­ri­als will take over all 25 employees of the com­pany and will con­ti­nue the pro­duc­tion at the Eisen­ach site. Pho­to­nic Sense gene­ra­ted reve­nue of around 6 mil­lion euros in 2020. »With Hellma Mate­ri­als, we have found a strong and sui­ta­ble new owner for the busi­ness,« said Ste­fan Tra­e­ger, Pre­si­dent & CEO of JENOPTIK AG. He adds, »With this step, we con­ti­nue to imple­ment our stra­te­gic goal of focu­sing on app­li­ca­ti­ons around optics and photonics.«

Über Jen­op­tik

Opti­cal tech­no­lo­gies are the very basis of our busi­ness: Jen­op­tik is a glo­bally active tech­no­logy group and is active in the three pho­to­nics-based divi­si­ons: Light & Optics, Light & Pro­duc­tion and Light & Safety. Under the TRIOPTICS brand, Jen­op­tik also offers opti­cal test and manu­fac­tu­ring sys­tems for the qua­lity con­trol of len­ses, objec­ti­ves and camera modu­les. VINCORION is the brand for our mecha­tro­nic busi­ness. Our key tar­get mar­kets pri­ma­rily include the semi­con­duc­tor indus­try, medi­cal tech­no­logy, auto­mo­tive and mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring, traf­fic, avia­tion as well as secu­rity and defense tech­no­logy indus­tries. Appro­xi­mately 4,500 employees work for Jen­op­tik world­wide. The Group’s head­quar­ters are in Jena (Ger­many). JENOPTIK AG is lis­ted on the Ger­man Stock Exchange in Frank­furt and is inclu­ded in the SDax and TecDax. In the 2020 fis­cal year, Jen­op­tik gene­ra­ted reve­nue of approx. 767 mil­lion euros.

Über Hellma Materials

Hellma Mate­ri­als is a lea­ding manu­fac­tu­rer of high qua­lity syn­the­tic crys­tals and opti­cal cer­a­mics for micro­li­tho­gra­phy, optics, laser tech­no­logy and radia­tion detection.

Since its foun­da­tion in 2010, Hellma Mate­ri­als has con­ti­nued the tra­di­tion of gro­wing crys­tals for the pho­to­nics indus­try in Jena, Ger­many. With the acqui­si­tion of a manu­fac­tu­ring site in the USA in 2018, opti­cal cer­a­mics were added to the pro­duct portfolio.


Les­lie Iltgen
Lei­te­rin Inves­tor Rela­ti­ons & Cor­po­rate Communications
+49 3641 65–4455