Huawei, Leica Camera AG establish R&D centre

The R&D centre will be named Max Berek Innovation Lab after the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses

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Huawei, Leica Camera AG establish R&D centre Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab and Ren Zhengfei, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  September 25, 2016

Huawei and Leica Camera AG have expanded their strategic collaboration with the opening of a joint research and innovation centre, dubbed the "Max Berek Innovation Lab".

Located in Leica's global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, the lab aims to drive further development of optical systems and software based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications. Other areas of focus will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions.

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

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann emphasised: "With the founding of the Max Berek Innovation Lab, HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG are expanding the scope of their successful strategic relationship and are laying the foundation for close collaboration in research and development of groundbreaking technologies in the imaging segment."

Ren Zhengfei, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei, said: "In the future, over 90 percent of the data traffic will be images and videos. 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."

"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 Max Berek Innovation Lab offers us a historic opportunity to unite the resources and extensive expertise of both companies to pioneer game-changing technologies," concluded Markus Limberger, chief operating officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab.

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

The R&D centre is named in remembrance of Max Berek (1886 - 1949), the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses, who was also responsible for the optical design of more than 20 lenses for the legendary 35mm camera invented and built by Oskar Barnack.

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