Huawei and Leica to establish research and innovation center in Germany

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Technology giant Huawei and Leica Camera AG have expanded their strategic collaboration through establishing a jointly operated research and innovation center for achieving excellence in optical engineering.

The ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’, located at Leica’s global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications. Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions.

In addition to R&D resources from both companies, Huawei and Leica plan to collaborate with German and international universities and research institutions.

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Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei, and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann of Leica Camera AG

The launch comes seven months after the public announcement of their long-term technology partnership in the field of optical engineering, and five months after the launch of the globally successful, multiple-award winning Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones.

The lab’s establishment is the result of the vision and support of Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei, and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG.

“In the future, over 90 percent of data traffic will be images and videos,” said Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei.

“The Max Berek Innovation Lab provides the capacity to establish an even closer partnership with Leica, leading to continuous improvements in image and video quality. As a result, we will deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers.”

German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses, Mr. Max Berek

German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses, Mr. Max Berek

“Huawei and Leica share not only enormous innovation power and years of research experience but also their dedication to providing the highest quality standards. The innovation lab offers an opportunity to unite the resources and extensive expertise of both companies to pioneer game-changing technologies,” said Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab.

The research and innovation center is named in remembrance of Max Berek (1886 – 1949), the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses.

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