Schott AG

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Schott AG
Type S.A. (corporation)
Industry Glass
Founded 1884, Jena, Deutschland
Headquarters Mainz, Deutschland, Germany
Services Glass Manufacturing
Employees 16,000 (2011/12)[1]
Website Schott AG Official Company Website

Schott AG, founded in Jena in 1884, is a German developer and manufacturer of high-quality industrial specialty glass products. Its main markets are household appliances, pharmaceutical industries, solar energy, electronics, optics, and automotive. According to the 2012 Annual Report, Schott AG employs 16,000 people in 35 countries.[2] Sole shareholder of SCHOTT AG is the foundation Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung, Germany.

Schott AG manufactures the optical glass components of, for example, Zeiss and Schneider Kreuznach lenses. They also publish the Schott Glass Catalog, a standard reference for the properties of the many optical glasses produced by them and other companies. In 2012, Schott introduced Xensation, a range of break- and scratch-resistant aluminosilicate cover glasses for touch-sensitive electronic devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, said to have 20% higher bending strength than "competitor glass types" (such as Corning Inc. Gorilla Glass).[3][4][5]

SCHOTT Solar[edit]

In 2009, Schott inaugurated a US$100 million state-of-the-art solar manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA to build receivers for concentrated solar thermal power plants (CSP) and 64 MW of photovoltaic modules. They had already been making 15 MW of photovoltaics annually in Billerica, Massachusetts, until the factory was closed in 2009.[6] In 2008, Schott said that it planned to produce crystalline PV cells and modules with a total of 450 MW annually. It also planned to produce thin-film PV wafers with a capacity of 100 MW.[7][8]

On Friday, June 29, 2012, Schott announced that its Albuquerque plant would close down, laying off all photovoltaic cell manufacturing employees immediately and ramping down the remaining employees over the rest of the summer.[9]

SCHOTT North America[edit]

SCHOTT Corporation, with its subsidiary SCHOTT North America, Inc., is the North American headquarter and holding company of the North American subsidiaries of the SCHOTT Group. With 16 divisions and subsidiaries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, SCHOTT Corporation employs approximately 2,500 people for the manufacture and distribution of specialty glass as well as glass-related materials and systems.[10]

SCHOTT Research and Development[edit]

Located in Duryea, PA, SCHOTT’s North America center for Research and Development provides support for SCHOTT business divisions and external customers in science and engineering.[11]


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2011/12". SCHOTT. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  2. ^ SCHOTT AG Annual Report 2011/12
  3. ^ Gorilla Glass maker unveils ultra-thin and flexible Willow Glass
  4. ^ EE Times: Touchscreen glasses tuned for specific application types, 5 December 2011
  5. ^ Schott Web site: Xensation
  6. ^ Schott Solar to shutter PV module production facility in Billerica, MA
  7. ^ Schott AG to build PV production in USA, 21 January 2008
  8. ^ Website Schott Solar
  9. ^ Schott Solar Mesa del Sol Plant To Shut
  10. ^ Company facts Schott North America, Inc.
  11. ^ SCHOTT North America center for Research and Development

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