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SCHOTT Milestones

schott milestones optical glasses
1884
Otto Schott develops new optical glasses and provides the scientific basis for developing specialized glasses.

1884
Glass tubing for thermometer and water gauge glasses.

1887 / 1893
Invention of chemically resistant borosilicate glass that is able to withstand high temperatures and thermal shocks.

1894
Casting of large scale optical disks up to 140 cm in diameter for astronomical telescopes.

1895
Extremely durable cylinders made of borosilicate glass help the Auer incandescent lighting achieve its breakthrough.

1908
Glass tubing for pharmaceutical ampoules, which are distributed under the brand name FIOLAX® starting in 1911.
schott milestones continuous melting
1911
SCHOTT becomes the world’s first specialized glass manufacturer to adopt continuous melting in tanks.

1914
Processed flat glasses for the household appliance industry.

1918
Market launch of heat resistant household glasses that are marketed under the brand name JENAer GLAS® as of 1921.

1923
Automated and continuous drawing of glass tubing based on the Danner process.

1923
Ampoules for pharmaceutical packaging, initially manufactured by hand, are manufactured by machine starting in 1928.

1930
Automated and continuous drawing of flat glass based on the Fourcault process.

1935
Manual production of television bulbs.

1938
Development of the first coating techniques.

1939
Glass-to-metal seals for electrotechnology.

1950
DURAN® laboratory glass becomes the new universal glass for the chemistry laboratory.
schott milestones automated production
1955
Fully automated production of television glass components and hollow glass.

1957
Optical glasses from Mainz and Jena are put to use in both American and Soviet aerospace applications.
schott milestones lighting
1964
Fiber optic components for light and image guides. The main application fields are medical technology and lighting technology.

1968
ZERODUR® glass-ceramic introduces a new era of telescope mirror substrates for astronomy.

1969
Optical glasses from SCHOTT in television and photo cameras deliver spectacular photos and television images of "Apollo 11", when Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin become the first human beings to walk on the moon.

1969
Market launch of glass-to-metal seals for automotive applications.
schott milestones ceran
1973
SCHOTT CERAN® glass-ceramic cooking surfaces make their way into kitchens worldwide.

1973
Light weight eyeglass lenses result in improvements for eyeglass wearers.

1978
Market launch of the fire resistant glass PYRAN®.

1979
The first dust removal system is put into operation on a glass melting tank. In the years that follow, SCHOTT sets standards in environmental protection.

1979
ROBAX® transparent glass-ceramic for window panels in stoves and fireplaces.

1983
Glass tubing for solar thermal power plants based on parabolic trough technology.

1985
Anti-reflective AMIRAN® glass for glazing shop display windows, for example.

1986
Electronic packaging components for aviation technology.

1989
Expansion of expertise in processing flat glasses for the household appliance industry by founding joint ventures with the float glass manufacturers Glaverbel (Belgium) and Gemtron (U.S.A.).
schott milestones zerodur
1991 / 1996
Manufacturing of ZERODUR® telescope mirror substrates with a diameter of 8.2 meters for the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, using the centrifugal casting process.

1993
Thin glasses with thicknesses that start at only 0.03 mm help advance flat display technology.

1994
Manufacturing of borosilicate glasses for a wide variety of applications using the microfloat process.

1996
Internally coated SCHOTT Type I plus® pharmaceutical vials.

schott milestones photovoltaics
2002
SCHOTT CERAN® glass-ceramic cooking surfaces produced without the heavy metals arsenic and antimony.

2002
Serial manufacturing of prefillable polymer syringes.
schott milestones glass tubes
2004
Backlighting glass tubes, used for background illumination of displays.

2005
Market launch of solar receivers for solar thermal power plants based on parabolic trough technology.

2007
Floated glass-ceramic

2008
Nomination of the solar receiver as one of three very important innovations for the German Future Prize by Germany’s Federal President Horst Köhler.

2010
Winner of the German Innovation Award for enviornmentally friendly SCHOTT CERAN® glass-ceramic cooktop panels.

2011
Xensation® Cover glass for touch applications.

2013
The American Ceramics Society honored SCHOTT's eco-friendly manufacturing process for CERAN® and PYRAN® Platnium glass-ceramics with their Corporate Enviornmental Achievement Award.