SCHOTT Ceran® glass ceramic cooktop panels represent yet another important product segment. Since 1972, SCHOTT has been producing them exclusively for Rinnai, a leading Japanese household appliance manufacturer. Partnership and customer orientation are important keys to the Japanese market. SCHOTT expects yet another surge in this direction from the Application Engineering Center that recently opened in Tokyo to enable shared development of customized products. A look back at the 90s reveals what this type of team work can achieve. The world’s largest hourglass, five meters high and made from SCHOTT glass, then made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. ”This clock shows how well our superior technology works with products from SCHOTT,” emphasizes Masatoshi Sibata, Chairman of the Board of Management of the manufacturer, Sibata Scientific Technologies. And it stands for efficient use of time, an important factor in Japan’s success. ”Here, the highest quality and precision counts, down to the exact hour, from buying to manufacturing, as well as timely delivery,” says Airi Yukawa, head of SCHOTT Nippon. In this respect, SCHOTT has always worked like a true Japanese company.
40 years of SCHOTT products in Japan: from eyeglass lenses and pharmaceutical glass tubing back in the 1960s to glass-ceramic cooktop panels and optical lenses today.
Photos: J. Göttert/Rinnai
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