Leica announced the formation of a new subsidiary, the Leica Camera LC Light & Imaging Systems. They are part of Leica Camera AG, based in Munich, Germany, and develop tailor-made optical systems for industrial applications.
With the newly founded company Leica Camera AG wants to strengthen its international B2B business. Since January 2017 Dipl.-Ing. Jakob Bleicher has been leading the wholly-owned Leica subsidiary together with Leica CEO Markus Limberger.
The eight-strong team of experts has many years of experience in the areas of industrial optics, photo and lab technology as well as in the acquisition and consulting of international B2B customers in the optical and optoelectronic industry.
Among other things, the team at LC Light & Imaging Systems GmbH will use the state-of-the-art production capabilities of Leica Camera AG in Wetzlar and the second factory in Portugal to produce industrial optics. The emphasis is on the customer-specific development of optical systems for industrial applications, such as 3D surveying and high-performance inspection.
"We are pleased to work with our experienced colleagues at LC Light & Imaging Systems to expand our international industrial business and to bundle our expertise. Especially in close cooperation with the production sites of Leica Camera AG in Wetzlar and Portugal, we see great potential to leverage existing synergies, "said Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG.
Jakob Bleicher, Managing Director of LC Light & Imaging Systems GmbH, added: "From Munich's point of view, the establishment of the LC LIS is very beneficial for the customers. With the two high-tech production facilities at Leica Camera AG, we now have the opportunity to offer the complete product cycle from the design of optics to the design up to the pattern and serial production of high-end lenses. "
This move once again shows the farsightedness of Leica to avoid being caught up in a shrinking photographic market, something experienced by many of their competitors. Over the last few weeks we saw considerable layoffs, restructuring of photo and camera divisions and even the announcements of companies leaving the photographic and camera market altogether. By diversifying what they have to offer their customers, Leica is proactive in the changing world of optical companies.