Sunday, January 19, 2020


By Heinz Richter

Leica is hiring.  I received the following announcement:

Leica Camera AG stands for the best German engineering - and for a special culture of vision: We have been developing optical precision instruments for over 100 years that enable a unique viewing experience and constantly set new technological standards. We are looking for highly motivated employees for our innovative development projects and due to the strong demand for our current products. We offer you challenging, creative tasks and development opportunities.

For our headquarters in Wetzlar, we are looking for:


Your tasks:
  • Learning from various conventional metalworking processes such as filing, drilling, turning and milling up to the operation of CNC-controlled machining centers
  • Planning, controlling and independently carrying out work processes
  • Manufacture of components and assemblies according to drawing specifications
  • Repair and maintenance of machine systems
  • Independent assembly, adjustment and, if necessary, disassembly of mechanical assemblies and complex products
  • Acceptance and testing of components, assemblies and complete products
  • Ensure the functionality of technical systems
  • Carry out troubleshooting, optimization, maintenance and repair work

 Your profile:
  • At least middle school with a good degree in mathematics, science and technology
  • Practical experience (e.g. through internships or hobbies) in the craft sector
  • Very good spatial imagination
  • Interest in technical contexts and manual skills
  • Goal-oriented thinking and acting, strong communication skills, initiative and team spirit

Apply now at:

This announcement might come as a surprise because just a short while ago several sources reported that Leica had laid off about 100 people at their headquarters in Wetzlar.  This, however, appears to be a misinterpretation of a move by Leica to squeeze out several minority shareholders.  This clarification was made on January 8, 2020 in the Bundesanzeiger, the official publication of the Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz  (Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection) under the heading of:

Announcement according to § 14 SpruchG
to end the award proceedings in connection with
the squeeze-out of minority shareholders
Leica Camera Aktiengesellschaft, Wetzlar, together with processing instructions.

See the complete announcement (in German) here.

The fear of the imminent demise of Leica which accompanied the initial reports of layoffs was unfounded.  Leica is continuing their continued growth and very much stands alone in the photographic industry which has reported a considerable decline of business by all major camera manufacturers.

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