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Opalescent Symphony for a harp

The multifaceted glass façade of the new Concert and Congress Centre Harpa (Icelandic for harp) plays with the lighting moods created by the sea, city and sky in the harbor of Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík. This is made possible by color effect glasses and over 1,000 pentagonal and hexagonal glass elements, including products supplied by SCHOTT. The 28,000 square meter building is the result of the collaboration between the star artist Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen Architects. <|
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New President

Prof. Udo Ungeheuer now head of the world’s leading trade fair glasstec

Prof. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG, is the new President of glasstec 2012, the world’s leading trade fair for the glass industry. Besides the positions he holds with the SCHOTT Group, Udo Ungeheuer is also President of the Federal Association of the German Glass Industry e.V. among other things. The glasstec/solarpeq takes place every two years and ranks as the only international trade fair that covers the entire value chain on glass. The exhibition will be held at the Düsseldorf fairgrounds in October, 2012. <|

Shaped Laser Light without Lenses

Beam shaper makes collimation lenses for laser diodes dispensable

Laser diodes are compact and efficient and are used today in a variety of different applications. They emit light, but in a way that fans out broadly. For this reason, so-called “Fast Axis Collimation” lenses (FAC) that are difficult to position are used to form the beam. The new beam shaper launched by SCHOTT is much easier to use. It consists of flexible glass fibers that have been melted together to form a rectangular inbound profile and can be attached directly to laser diodes. Then, it can shape their light into homogeneous beams of any shape that offer high beam quality. <|
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LED Lighting Combines Strengths

The first co-production between SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik

A new lighting solution for aircraft cabins combines the strengths of modern lighting technologies in a unique way. This new development uses light diodes, glass elements and fiber optic light guides to deliver homogeneous and energy-efficient illumination. It emits light evenly, just like a fluorescent tube, but uses two long-lasting LEDs that project their light into the opposite face sides of the round glass rod. Both the light direction and the aperture angle can be adjusted precisely. This product also ensures extremely homogeneous light distribution with linear emission. <|
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Laser Glasses that Protect the Eyes

For measurement and medical technology

The new active laser glasses from SCHOTT that go by the names LG-910 and LG-930 emit at a wavelength of 1.5 μm that go easy on people’s eyes – an important prerequisite for being put to use in measuring distances, marking targets or cosmetic laser treatments in dermatology, for instance. The phosphate glasses feature a dielectric coating, are highly resistant to laser radiation and meet the highest environmental standards. They are mainly for use in pumped solid-state lasers and offer better thermomechanical properties and higher efficiency than competitive technologies in pulsed applications. LG-940, a new version of the product family, will be launched in the spring of 2012. <|
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A Prime Example of Sustainability

The environmentally friendly glass-ceramic cooktop panel SCHOTT CERAN® ranks among ­Germany’s most sustainable products

SCHOTT made it to the top 3 in the category ”Germany’s Most Sustainable Products and Services” with its well-known brand CERAN® in the presentation of the German Sustainability Award 2011, for which Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel acted as the patron. The German Sustainability Award is presented each year to companies who combine economic success with social responsibility and environmental protection in an exemplary manner. The expert jury paid tribute to SCHOTT’s outstanding technological expertise and the way in which the company takes responsibility for society and the environment. After developing a new melting technology, the technology group became the world’s first company to introduce a black glass-ceramic cooktop panel that is manufactured without using the additives arsenic and antimony in the production process. This spares the environment 180 tons of these substances each year and thus significantly reduces the burden on the environment. SCHOTT is therefore the leader in the area of ”green” glass-ceramic. <|
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Well-informed with MIRONA®

Frankfurt Airport Center guides passengers with information terminal from SCHOTT

A glass cube that features several monitors serves as the main component of a guidance system at the newly renovated Frankfurt Airport Center. The information terminal encased in the special glass MIRONA® from SCHOTT points the way for visitors to the office and conference center at Frankfurt Airport and offers access to travel data via touchscreens. The metamorphosis glass from SCHOTT used in this application features a special coating. Due to the light refraction effects that result, the ­images appear to float on the monitors while the reflective surface remains hidden. <|
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Yes to Solar Module Recycling

SCHOTT Solar supports more stringent European agreement

SCHOTT Solar has signed the new, even more stringent voluntary agreement on the collection and treatment of end-of-life PV modules (Environmental Agreement). The resolution of the industrial association PV CYCLE calls for at least 85 percent of the PV modules in Europe that have reached the end of their service lives to be collected. ”Wise use of our natural resources doesn’t stop at our company’s gates. We view the sustainable change in energy policy as a comprehensive process over the entire life cycle,” explains Dr. Holger Hoppe, Head of Sustainability and EHS at SCHOTT ­Solar and a member of the Board of Management of PV CYCLE. <|