We have been successful in driving the modernization process forward inside the group in recent years. The new building will offer visible proof that a lot has been going on at SCHOTT,” notes Professor Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management, during a meeting with the press.
As of December, 2009, the office workplaces of key corporate functions, for instance marketing, public relations, legal and controlling, that are currently located in seven different places on the main plant grounds will be bundled together. This will shorten communication channels considerably in the future.
In addition to the latest findings on work-related ergonomics and effective work organization in designing office space, considerations on energy efficiency have also played a key role in this endeavor. For instance, the glass roof of the building consists of 300 square meters of semi-transparent thin-film modules from SCHOTT Solar. Their output will sufficiently cover the electrical power needs of around 40 office workplaces. Water from the plant’s own ground water well is also being piped through the floor of the glassy atrium to help regulate the temperature inside the building in a manner that saves energy. “Amiran” facade glasses from SCHOTT that are low in reflection allow for more effective use of daylight in illuminating workplaces.
Modernization of the corporate headquarters is but one of several investment projects that the SCHOTT Group is currently pursuing in Mainz. Construction work for the new headquarters building of the group subsidiary SCHOTT Solar has also started on Hattenbergstrasse. Two new tanks for use in manufacturing specialized glass tubing are being built at the main plant. In total, SCHOTT AG has invested more than 400 million euros towards the site in Mainz only since the year 2000.
SCHOTT is an international technology group that sees its core purpose as the lasting improvement of living and working conditions. To this end, the company has been developing special materials, components and systems for 125 years. The main areas of focus are the household appliances industry, pharmaceuticals, solar energy, electronics, optics and the automotive industry. The SCHOTT Group is present in close proximity to its customers with production and sales companies in all its major markets. The Group’s approximately 17,300 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2.2 billion Euros in the fiscal year 2007/2008. The company’s technological and economic expertise is closely linked with its social and ecological responsibility. The SCHOTT AG is an affiliate of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung (Foundation).