The Carl Zeiss Group published results for the first half of its financial year, ended March 31, that show an 8 percent increase in revenues to €530 million for its Vision Care & Consumer Optics segment. The company attributed this progress in particular to product launches in the fields of branded lenses and camera lenses. One of those new products is Zeiss' DriveSafe lens, which was hailed by a company official as the most successful product since the business group was formed in 2005.

Medical Technology rose at the same rate. Research & Quality Technology grew by 12 percent. Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology fell by 13 percent. Overall, the group's sales went up by 5 percent to €2,322 million during the six-month period, including a 16 percent increase in Asia-Pacific. At €280 million, operating earnings (Ebit) were almost €90 million higher than in the same period of a year ago.

Further growth is expected for the balance of the financial year. Predicting a slight increase in both revenues and the Ebit margin for the full year, the management said that programs initiated to improve the company's competitiveness are beginning to bear fruit, and they will be continued.