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Panasonic, Leica sign strategic agreement for joint development of Leica and LUMIX products, technology

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Leica Camera AG and Panasonic have announced that the two companies have signed a comprehensive, strategic collaboration agreement. As a result of the agreement, Leica and Panasonic will work more closely to jointly develop new technologies under the name L2 Technology (L squared Technology).

The name L2 Technology is symbolic because it includes the ‘L’ from ‘Leica’ and ‘LUMIX.’ In their marketing activities going forward, each company will include L2 Technology. The branding will unify each company’s respective strengths, including in the development of new camera and lens products and next-generation software. The collaboration allows the two companies to jointly invest in new technologies for future Leica and LUMIX products. Going forward, Leica and LUMIX will utilize L2 Technology.

Leica writes, ‘Through this collaboration, both companies will be able to maximize the synergies by Leica’s optical and imaging technology and Panasonic’s video and digital technology that have been cultivated over many years in the camera and imaging market, and jointly explore new creativity and expressive power. They will continue to develop innovative L2 Technology that will create a new imaging world.’

‘With the arrival of an era in which photos and videos are shared globally in real-time, cameras are required to have capability to create more impressive and breathtaking expression. I have always been impressed by the high picture quality and the picture-making philosophy that Leica has developed over its long history,’ said Akira Toyoshima, CEO of Panasonic Entertainment & Communication Co., Ltd. ‘I am very pleased and excited to continue working with Leica to develop technology that will enable people around the world to share their emotions.’

Matthias Harsch (left) (CEO Leica Camera AG) and Yosuke Yamane (right) (Executive Vice President Director, Imaging Business Unit)

‘We have been working with Panasonic for many years in a spirit of partnership and trust, and their extensive expertise is undisputed. The combination of our competencies in L2 Technology is another milestone in the partnership and proves that the best way to meet today’s challenges in the camera market is not to segment and specialize, but to deepen capabilities in order to jointly create solutions for the future,’ said Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG.

Leica Camera AG and Panasonic have cooperated since August 2000, when the companies signed an agreement for lenses of digital, audio-visual equipment. In 2001, the cooperation expanded to include the digital camera sector. In 2018, Panasonic joined with Sigma and Leica to form the L-Mount Alliance. The L-mount standard was originally developed by Leica for its products before being expanded to include other manufacturers.

Leica Camera AG and Panasonic signed strategic comprehensive collaboration agreement

Wetzlar, May 31, 2022. Panasonic Entertainment & Communication Corporation (Headquarters in Osaka, Japan) and Leica Camera AG (Wetzlar, Germany) today announced that they have reached an agreement for a new comprehensive business alliance. Both companies agreed to increasingly bundle their core competencies and to develop new technologies and solutions resulting from this collaboration under the name of “L² Technology ” (L squared Technology) which symbolically uses the two „L“ of “ Leica ” and “LUMIX ” in their marketing activities going forward.

L2 Technology will unify the strengths of two brands, Leica and LUMIX, be a symbol of the collaboration by combining the technologies and know-how of the two companies in the fields of new camera and lens products and next generation software, and create technologies and solutions that deliver new value in the new era. Through this collaboration, both companies will be able to maximize the synergies by Leica’s optical and imaging technology and Panasonic’s video and digital technology that have been cultivated over many years in the camera and imaging market, and jointly explore new creativity and expressive power. They will continue to develop innovative L² Technology that will create a new imaging world.

Through this collaboration, the two companies will jointly invest in new technologies that can be incorporated into camera and lens products, and will incorporate jointly developed technologies into each other’s Leica and LUMIX products to further enhance their product capabilities. Going forward, Leica and LUMIX will utilize L² Technology, which will open up new possibilities for creative camera users, in their marketing activities in order to develop a collaborative system over the long term.

“With the arrival of an era in which photos and videos are shared globally in real time, cameras are required to have capability to create more impressive and breathtaking expression. I have always been impressed by the high picture quality and the picture-making philosophy that Leica has developed over its long history. I am very pleased and excited to continue working with Leica to develop technology that will enable people around the world to share their emotions,” said Akira Toyoshima, CEO of Panasonic Entertainment & Communication Co.,Ltd.

“We have been working with Panasonic for many years in a spirit of partnership and trust, and their extensive expertise is undisputed. The combination of our competencies in L2 Technology is another milestone in the partnership and proves that the best way to meet today’s challenges in the camera market is not to segment and specialize, but to deepen capabilities in order to jointly create solutions for the future,” said Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG.

History of collaboration

The cooperation between Leica Camera AG and Panasonic Corporation has existed since August 2000. Initially, the companies had signed a cooperation agreement for lenses of digital, audio-visual equipment, and in 2001 the decision was made to cooperate in the digital camera sector as well. Since then, the companies have steadily expanded their technological cooperation. In 2018, together with Sigma, the “L-Mount Alliance” was founded, an unprecedented type of cooperation that enables Panasonic, Sigma and, since 2021, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH to use the L-mount standard developed by Leica for their own developments and thus also offer cameras as well as optics with this lens mount.


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