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01-27-2009, SCHOTT North America, Inc.

SCHOTT Celebrates 125th Anniversary with New Apochromatic Microscopy Glasses, DOEs, Large-Image Faceplates and TO Plus 17 Gbits at SPIE Photonics West

SCHOTT’s Latest Technologies and Remarkable Company History on Display at Booth 809

January 27, 2009 (at SPIE Photonics West- San Jose, Calif.) – SCHOTT (Booth #809) is celebrating 125 years in business by introducing several new products to the North American market at the SPIE Photonics West Exhibition. Although the major theme of the display will be the anniversary, the company is unveiling new additions from several SCHOTT businesses to the full range of SCHOTT photonics-related products at the show.

The Electronic Packing business introduced a new, complete TO Plus solution capable of handling the 17 Gbit/s standard that will be required to manage ever-increasing data flows. Also on display is the new line of customizable Aspherical Lens Caps that use proprietary SCHOTT low Tg glasses. The Aspherical Lens Caps complete the range of SCHOTT’s microelectronic glass-to-metal and ceramic-to-metal sealing technologies, providing a one-stop solution for electronic products manufacturers. Finally, the business recently received a special “supplier award” from BAE Systems for its consistent on-time delivery of hermetically sealed power and control/instrumentation feedthroughs for the Astute-class submarines of the Royal Navy.

From the Fiber Optics business comes increased capacity one-piece fiber optic faceplates that double the image to 300 sq. millimeters. The new faceplates will be of particular interest to producers of medical X-Ray machines and displays for commercial and defense applications.

“True Color” special short flint glasses, N-KZFS4, N-KZFS5 and N-KZFS8 enabling high-end apochromatic design, were introduced by the Advanced Optics business. These glasses, which highly transmit light in the blue violet range, are well suited for life science applications like fluorescence microscopy. The business also announced and will present a paper detailing the development of superior optical glass laser beam shaper Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) that can be mass-produced by a precision molding process adapted from the high precision glass molding used for the production of aspherical lenses.

Guests at the SCHOTT booth will be invited to review the company’s eventful 125-year history that not only parallels the development of modern technology and science, raging from small laboratory instruments to the largest astronomical telescopes on earth, but also serves as a microcosm of the division and reunification of Germany itself in the Cold War and its aftermath.

The most recent developments in that long history are the acquisition of DiamondView Armor Products, LLC (DAP) of Boothwyn, Pa., which has been renamed SCHOTT DiamondView Armor Products (SCHOTT DAP). SCHOTT DAP produces transparent and opaque armor systems to protect personnel, structures and vehicles from blasts and projectiles, primarily in defense applications. Another recent acquisition gave SCHOTT 70.8 percent of Japan’s Moritex Corporation, a leader in the field of LED-based and fiber optic lighting systems, as well as optical imaging systems for use in industrial image processing (so-called machine vision systems).


SCHOTT is a technology-driven, international group that sees its core purpose as the lasting improvement of living and working conditions through special materials and high-tech solutions. Its main areas of focus are defense, household appliance industry, pharmaceutical packaging, optics and opto-electronics, information technology, consumer electronics, lighting, automotive engineering and solar energy.

SCHOTT has a presence in close proximity to its customers through highly efficient production and sales companies in all of its major markets. The company has approximately 17,000 employees producing worldwide sales of approximately $3 billion. In North America, SCHOTT’s holding company SCHOTT Corporation and its subsidiary SCHOTT North America, Inc. and their affiliates employ about 2,500 people in 13 production operations with 4 sales offices.

The company’s technological and economic expertise is closely linked with its social and ecological responsibilities.

Links to the Press Kit

SCHOTT High End Microscopic Glasses Enable Apochromatic “True Color”

SCHOTT Doubles Fiber Optic Faceplate Image Size to 300 Sq. Millimeters

SCHOTT’s New Glass Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) enable Homogeneous Intensity Distribution in Rectangular Laser Beam Shapers

SCHOTT’s Electronic Packaging Business Presented with a Special “Supplier Award” by BAE Systems

Aspherical Lens Caps Join the SCHOTT Electronic Packaging Product Suite

SCHOTT Celebrates 125-Year Anniversary

SCHOTT Electronic Packaging Ready for Next Generation High-speed Datacom

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