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07-07-2014, Elmsford, NY


SCHOTT North America announced today that DURAN® YOUTILITY won the highly prestigious Silver IDEA award in the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).
DURAN® YOUTILITY GL 45 laboratory bottle system: ergonomically shaped gripping zones on both sides of the bottle for easier and safer handling.
DURAN® YOUTILITY GL 45 laboratory bottle system: ergonomically shaped gripping zones on both sides of the bottle for easier and safer handling.
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The DURAN Group was awarded the Silver IDEA in the competition organized by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) for the revolutionary YOUTILITY Laboratory Bottle System. This is the third design award won by DURAN® YOUTILITY, which also earned the Red Dot and International Forum (iF) Design awards.

The IDEA program is regarded as one of the foremost design competitions in America, with its scope and influence reaching far beyond the U.S. For the 2014 competition there were more than 2,000 entries, and the new DURAN® YOUTILITY laboratory bottle system, entered in the medical and scientific products category, was one of just 58 products to be awarded silver.

The jury evaluated the entries on aspects of industrial design excellence that included innovation, benefits to the user, sustainability, and the design’s visual appeal. The DURAN® YOUTILITY system excelled in many of these aspects and represents a new generation of user-friendly glass laboratory bottles. The ergonomically shaped glass bottles of the YOUTILITY system incorporate many new innovative features to improve handling, labelling, sample identification, and ease of use, making laboratory work easier and safer.

IDSA will formally award 2014 IDEA winners at the 2014 International Conference in Austin, Tex. at the Austin Hilton on Aug. 13, 2014. The 176 winners, along with the other 514 finalists, were published on

DURAN® YOUTILITY is made available in the U.S. by SCHOTT North America. For more information, product specifications, and distributor information, visit

SCHOTT is an international technology group with 130 years of experience in the areas of specialty glass and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics and transportation industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in 35 countries. Its workforce of 15,400 employees generated worldwide sales of US$ 2.5 billion for the 2012/2013 fiscal year.

DURAN® is a registered trademark of DURAN Group GmbH IDEA® is a registered trademark of Industrial Designers Society of America

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SCHOTT North America, Inc.
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SCHOTT North America, Inc.
Rina Della Vecchia
555 Taxter Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
Phone: 914-831-2286
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