Editorial

Dear readers,

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management SCHOTT AG
SCHOTT has been developing and manufacturing specialized materials, components and systems that improve people’s living and working conditions for nearly 125 years. The driving force behind our commitment is clearly our desire to consistently overcome the existing limi-tations that we encounter through innovation, to develop enduring solutions for the future and, thus, contribute towards the success of our customers.

For example, our innovative functional coatings open up interesting prospects for the pharmaceutical industry. Water-repellent layers on pharmaceutical packaging are the key to providing better protection for the extremely sensitive biotechnology preparations used in oncology and extending their shelf lives.

In the field of industrial material processing, compact and highly energy-efficient high-performance diode lasers are being put to use more and more often to optimize processes. These ”dwarf lasers” also show their strength thanks to micro-rod lenses from SCHOTT that direct their beam in a precise manner.

Customers in the electronics industry and television viewers both benefit from calcium fluoride, a high-tech material from SCHOTT that is used in the lenses of HDTV cameras to offer brilliant TV quality in a large format.

With WACKER SCHOTT Solar GmbH, we are able to secure our supply of silicon and strengthen our position within the dynamic photovoltaic growth market. In addition to wafer-based technology, we established yet a second source of revenue in the form of mass production of thin-film modules and have, thus, advanced to take on a global leadership position in this attractive market, as well. As this suggests, we are now in an excellent position to be able to live up to our own expectations of promoting environmentally compatible solutions for the future through innovations. Using natural and sustainable energy sources – powered by SCHOTT.

I wish you enjoyable reading.

Sincerely Yours,
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Ungeheuer