SCHOTT solutions no. 1/2016 > Short stories

SCHOTT Focus
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Hot spectacle

Glowing hot, liquid and orange-red like fire – what looks like a lava lake in the midst of a bizarre landscape is actually a molten mixture of raw materials consisting of quartz sand, soda, lime and other admixtures. This is how homogeneous glass is produced in glass melting furnaces made of stone over several days at temperatures in excess of 1400 °C. The melting is followed by versatile shaping of the material: glass can be blown, cast, thrown, rolled, pressed or pulled. Our ”hot” picture was taken of a melting tank for ultra-thin glass at the SCHOTT site in Grünenplan. <
 
Prof. Volker Rupertus
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Researcher Receives Turner Award

The International Commission on Glass (ICG) has honored Prof. Volker Rupertus with the Turner Award. The SCHOTT researcher received the prestigious prize for his many years of active support of the ICG’s Technical Committees and for his expertise in the field of surface characterization of glass. Prof. Rupertus pioneered the development of a test method for the prediction of glass delamination behaviour, which is the detachment of flakes from the inner glass surface in pharmaceutical vials. He was thus instrumental in introducing the innovation SCHOTT Vials Delamination Controlled. These pharmaceutical vials significantly reduce the risk of delamination. <


MIROGARD® DARO
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Bye-Bye Fingerprints and Dirt

With its new product version MIROGARD® DARO, SCHOTT launched yet another innovative picture framing glass in August 2015. Thanks to its Durable Anti-Reflective coating with Oleophobic (DARO) properties, annoying fingerprints and smudges can now be removed from the glass very easily using a damp, soft cloth. The DARO version also features the extremely low residual reflection of less than one percent that the MIROGARD® product family typically offers. With this innovation, the proven coating with oleopho-bic properties is now also available for the field of art. <
Corrosion protection
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Corrosion protection on a new level

Electronic components used in aviation and aerospace applications have to fulfill high requirements, such as durability in aggressive salt spray tests. SCHOTT has developed a special coating for  glass-to-metal housings that offers corrosion protection even after 24 hours of salt spray exposure. For the first time, the results actually exceed the requirements of the industry. The vacuum-tight housings are used in aviation and aerospace to reliably encapsulate sensitive measurement and control electronics or microprocessors. The special coating can help to further improve their reliability. <
Multi-Million Euro Investment in China
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Multi-Million Euro Investment in China

SCHOTT is looking to extend its presence in the Asian growth market. In the summer of 2015, the company laid the cornerstone for another pharmaceutical packaging plant that will be located south of Shanghai. Starting in 2017, glass packaging for injectable drugs will be manufactured here, in particular vials and ampoules. Furthermore, SCHOTT Group also plans to modernize and expand its existing facilities at its integrated site in Suzhou. The Pharmaceutical Systems division of SCHOTT will invest approx. 30 million euros in total in China over the next three years. These measures will increase the company’s production capacity by 50 percent over the same period. With this expansion, the company is paying tribute to the strong growth of the Chinese pharmaceutical market. <
Neutrino- Observatory
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Hunting for Neutrinos with Glass

Special elementary particles called neutrinos can transform themselves into each other and have mass. The scientists Takaaki Kajita (Japan) and Arthur B. McDonald (Canada) both received the Nobel Prize for Physics for presenting evidence of these neutrinos, which had been lacking in the field of particle physics. SCHOTT supplied special glass components with excellent optical and physicochemical properties for the Canadian Neutrino Telescope for use in this research. According to science, there are three types of neutrinos. In fact, 65 billion electron neutrinos per square centimeter land on Earth every second due to nuclear reactions in the sun. <
New SCHOTT Board Members
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New SCHOTT Board Members

Hermann Ditz (age 56; left) and Dr.-Ing. Heinz Kaiser (age 49; right) were named to the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG effective January 1, 2016. Hermann Ditz is responsible for the Advanced Optics, Electronic Packaging, Lighting & Imaging Business Units and the Corporate Function Technical Services, while Dr. Heinz Kaiser is responsible for the Home Tech and Flat Glass Business Units as well as the Corporate Function Market Development. Both new Board Members have worked for SCHOTT for many years and held various management positions in Germany and abroad. Hermann Ditz was Head of Production for Electronic Packaging Asia in Singapore and Head of the Electronic Packaging Business Unit. Dr. Heinz Kaiser was Head of Lighting & Imaging North America in the USA and Head of the Home Tech Business Unit. <

SCHOTT Increases Sales and Earnings

SCHOTT AG continued to make progress on its growth strategy in fiscal year 2014/2015 by improving all of its key earnings figures. EBIT reached 178 million euros (previous year: 135 million euros), and sales rose by 3 percent to 1.93 billion euros (1.87 billion euros) with consolidated net pro-fit rising by 45 percent to 95 million euros. ”Our focus was primarily on improving our profitability and we fully reached this goal,” noted Dr. Frank Heinricht, Chairman of the Board of Management. SCHOTT employs 15,000 people worldwide, 5,200 of whom are based in Germany. <