Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG.
Progress depends on a sustained string of new inventions from industry. Against the dynamic backdrop of globalization and taking responsibility for the world society, however, the challenge is really to reinvent industry itself. This is clearly a huge challenge, but even more importantly, it represents a chance to achieve a radical change in awareness and true progress. A chance for our future.
SCHOTT wants to participate in designing this future – namely actively in the sense of our corporate vision: we seek to make SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives. In the area of environmental compatibility and sustainability, for instance: our ultrapure PURAVIS™ glass fibers not only set new standards for performance, they are also manufactured without using any lead, arsenic or antimony and thus already satisfy the EU directives RoHS and REACH that will apply in the future.
We set high standards when it comes to ecology and strive to create and distribute new value, through our commitment to solar thermal power plants, for instance. Power from these sources can be stored rather easily and then be fed in when it is needed. This technology is therefore the instrument of choice for setting up stable power grids in more and more countries.
Our products and solutions play a role in important projects that create new ways of life and worlds of experience: in Abu Dhabi’s latest city quarters “Central Market”, “green” museums with modern exhibit designs or fascinating digital 3D cinemas. Here, the expertise we offer as a service to the growing pharmaceutical industry even extends all the way to the molecular microcosm of materials. Vast treasures still lie buried here that outstand ing researchers like our former Board member Professor Jürgen Petzoldt and – most recently – young SCHOTT researchers know how to unearth. Treasures that allow us to reinvent our future.
I hope you enjoy reading this edition!
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Ungeheuer