Jenoptik signs long-term delivery contract with automotive supplier Magna

With the low double-digit million euro agreement running over several years, Jenoptik is expanding its manufacture of sensors for the automotive industry

Jena, (PresseBox) - Jenoptik's Optical Systems division and Magna Electronics Europe GmbH & Co. KG have entered a framework agreement for the supply of optical sensors. The agreement in the low double-digit million euros range starts in mid-April 2011 with the technical systems for the new contract installed at Jenoptik's Triptis, Germany facility. Series production of the sensor will start in the summer of this year. Over and above the framework agreement, Magna and Jenoptik are working together on preparations for further projects.

With the agreement, Jenoptik is enlarging its volume production of systems and modules for sensor technology and imaging applications in the automotive industry. The sensor enables improved protection of pedestrians in the event of frontal collisions. It will be installed on the front end of almost all models of a leading German car maker and is based on the principle of optical information transfer. In the event of a collision, the light intensity in a polymer band changes, thereby giving off a signal which causes a lighting-speed action on the vehicle. This helps to prevent or reduce serious injuries to pedestrians in the event of an accident.

Jenoptik manufactures optoelectronic systems with over 200 employees in Triptis. Jenoptik was awarded the major contract from the automotive industry due to its comprehensive competence in volume production of such modules and systems with particularly high quality requirements. Products manufactured in the last years include 100 million optoelectronic modules and components for medical technology applications. Production at the Triptis site is certified in accordance with the exacting demands of the medical technology and automotive industries.

At present, the Optoelectronic Systems business unit supplies a range of automotive and supplier companies with, for example, components for heads-up displays and optical sensors and components for driver assistance systems such as automatic lane or sign recognition. The Group's product range for the automotive industry also includes numerous high-technology systems such as metrology for quality assurance, especially in engine production, lasers and laser processing systems for processing interior fittings and body parts as well as imaging and infrared camera modules. Order intake from the automotive and automotive supplier industries has risen sharply in all the above-mentioned areas since the 2nd half-year 2010. Following contributions to sales from the automotive/machine construction industry of over 100 million euros in the 2010 fiscal year, the figure will continue to rise in 2011.

JENOPTIK-KONZERN

As an integrated optoelectronics group Jenoptik operates in the five divisions Lasers & Material Processing, Optical Systems, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems. Its customers around the world mainly include companies in the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, the security and defense technology industry as well as the aviation industry.

With its Optical Systems division Jenoptik is one of the few manufacturers in the world to produce precision optics and systems designed to meet the highest quality standards. Besides opto-mechanical and opto-electronical systems, modules and assemblies the division is a development and production partner for optical, micro-optical and optical coating components- made of optical glass, infrared materials as well as plastic. It possesses outstanding expertise in the development and manufacture of micro-optics for beam shaping used in the semiconductor industry and laser material processing. The product portfolio also includes components and systems for life sciences as well as lighting & energy applications, system solutions and modules for digital image capture and processing as well as cameras for digital microscopy.

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