SCHOTT Gemtron has been producing innovative flat glass in San Luis Potosí for 25 years

Exceptional quality and safety standards are hallmarks of the production at SCHOTT Gemtron´s flat glass plant in San Luis Potosi. Photo: SCHOTT
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Exceptional quality and safety standards are hallmarks of the production at SCHOTT Gemtron´s flat glass plant in San Luis Potosi. Photo: SCHOTT

Date: 14 September 2017

A quarter of a century ago, the German technology group SCHOTT followed a customer to San Luis Potosí, and a Latin American success story began

This year, the plant, which manufactures flat glass for the household appliance industry, is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and setting itself up with innovative technologies for the future.

This plant for the Flat Glass Business Unit was initially founded by the U.S. company Gemtron in 1992, but following a joint venture in 1998, it became part of SCHOTT. Today more than 130 employees work on five production lines in San Luis Potosí over an area of 4,500 square meters.

The plant chiefly produces refrigerator shelves, cook tops, control panels and oven doors, each in various versions. In the past fiscal year, more than 5 million processed glass parts were shipped to customers. Important customers since the beginning are Mexican companies in the home appliance segment.

The flat glass business in San Luis Potosi started 25 years ago. Today the facility in Mexico was certified with the international Quality standard ISO9000 and has received numerous safety awards from the Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social. Photo: SCHOTT
The flat glass business in San Luis Potosi started 25 years ago. Today the facility in Mexico was certified with the international Quality standard ISO9000 and has received numerous safety awards from the Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social. Photo: SCHOTT

The SCHOTT Gemtron plant is certified with the international quality standard ISO9000 and has received numerous safety awards from the Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare, and recognitions from customers.

Huge improvements in quality and service standards have been a decisive factor for success. The technology group’s production site for its flat glass business unit is not only celebrating the milestone anniversary with its employees, but also looking ahead to how it can continue on a sustainable path forward.

In the past fiscal year, more than 5 million processed glass parts from the flat glass facility were shipped to customers. Photo: SCHOTT
In the past fiscal year, more than 5 million processed glass parts from the flat glass facility were shipped to customers. Photo: SCHOTT

“We are considered as one of the most reliable suppliers in our industry”, says Dr.Christian Mias, VP SCHOTT Flat Glass/ Operations Americas. “To fend off the competition – primarily from Asia – and to remain competitive, progress in innovation is critical. The next step is to make further progress in terms of innovation and productivity. Whether metallic refrigerator shelf designs, integrating innovative LED technology into household appliances or the large glass tablets that the team recently developed using laser technology, I’m confident that innovations like these take us to the next level.”

If you want to know more about the company and SCHOTT Flat Glass visit: www.schott.com/home-appliance

The primary products from SCHOTT Gemtron are shelves for refrigerators (photo) and glass panels for oven doors, each manufactured in a wide range of design options. Photo: SCHOTT
The primary products from SCHOTT Gemtron are shelves for refrigerators (photo) and glass panels for oven doors, each manufactured in a wide range of design options. Photo: SCHOTT

 

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