SCHOTT puts new tank for architectural glass into operation

Investment in the future will enable continuous manufacturing of high-quality decorative glass products - Following several months of construction work, SCHOTT is now ready to start firing up its new melting tank for manufacturing high-quality special-purpose.

The technology group invested approx. six million euros in the tank equipped with state-of-the-art process control technology that will be used to manufacture premium quality glass products like OPALIKA® white flashed opal glass, ARTISTA® colored glasses, as well as restoration glass for use in architecture.Through this investment in its future, SCHOTT will be able to offer its customers long-term reliability of supply.     

 

The new tank - equipped with state-of-the-art process control technology - at the SCHOTT site in Gruenenplan, will be used to manufacture premium quality glass products like OPALIKA® white flashed opal glass, ARTISTA® colored glasses, as well as restoration glass for use in architecture.

Only months after the old melting tank for colored glass was shut down, SCHOTT now has an ultramodern tank that offers improved productivity and lives up to the SCHOTT standard. In addition to the radiation shielding glass RD 30, mainly architectural glass products like translucent OPALIKA® white flashed opal glass, a material for use in lighted ceilings and surfaces, decorative ARTISTA® colored glasses, and the restoration glasses RESTOVER® and Goetheglas will all be melted in this tank in the standard sizes 1.60 meters x 2.40 meters. “This new tank brings planning security for our customers,” notes Dr. Martin Rüttgers, Vice President of SCHOTT Architecture + Design. The goal is to continue to grow in the area of decorative glasses, an area that is expected to experience solid growth in the future.

SCHOTT also manufactures a number of innovative products for use in technical applications at its site in Grünenplan. The site is also home to the competence centers for ultra-thin glass products and coatings. The most prominent products are currently flexible, ultra-thin glasses only 100 micrometers in thickness for use as a substrate material in electronics and biotechnology. CONTURAN® Daro, a coated glass for use in professional touch displays, is also new. For the first time ever, this development combines antireflective properties with a protective film that resists soiling, fingerprints on cover glasses, for example.

The new tank - equipped with state-of-the-art process control technology - at the SCHOTT site in Gruenenplan, will be used to manufacture premium quality glass products like OPALIKA® white flashed opal glass, ARTISTA® colored glasses, as well as restoration glass for use in architecture. The picture shows (from left to right) plant manager Dr. Jens Ahrens, Dr. Martin Rüttgers, Vice President SCHOTT Architecture + Design as well as the responsible project manager Dirk Weidmann.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, solar power, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with its 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 different countries. Its workforce of around 16,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2 billion euros for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz, Germany, is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

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