Schott AG

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Schott AG
Industry Glass
Founded 1884, Jena, Germany
Headquarters Mainz, Germany
Key people
Dr. Frank Heinricht
(Chairman of the Management Board)
Services Glass Manufacturing
Revenue EUR 1.93 billion (2014/15)[1]
Number of employees
15,000 in 35 countries, 5,200 of whom in Germany (2014/15)[1]
Slogan Glass Made of Ideas
Website Schott AG Official Company Website

Schott AG is an international manufacturing group of glass and glass-ceramics. The company is head-quartered in Mainz, Germany. They are active in 35 countries around the world and employs approximately 15,000 people.[citation needed] All shares of Schott AG are solely held by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. Frank Heinricht is Chairman of the Management Board. The company reported sales worth 1.93 billion Euros in its fiscal year 2014/2015.[1]


(Friedrich) Otto Schott

The glass chemist Otto Schott laid the foundation for modern glass science and technology in Jena back in 1884. Together with the congenial Ernst Abbe, Carl Zeiss and his son Roderich Zeiss, he founded the Glastechnisches Laboratorium Schott & Genossen, which would later become Jenaer Glaswerke Schott & Genossen and the today Schott AG.

Erich Schott, the son of the company founder, took over the management of the plant in 1927. The company suffered a severe blow at the end of World War II, when American troops brought its management and select experts over to West Germany. After the main production plant in Jena was expropriated, Erich Schott opened a new plant in Mainz, the company’s current headquarters, in 1952.

During Germany’s division, there were two independent companies, the VEB Jenaer Glaswerk at the historic site, which would later be integrated into the combine VEB Carl Zeiss Jena and the glassworks in Mainz that traded under the name Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Gen. After the close cooperation of the two glassworks in the first years following World War II had been cancelled by the GDR in 1953, a worldwide dispute arose over the use of company names and its logo, a square with a circle and the words Jena Glass with a superscript “er,” that continued over several years. The two parties finally reached an agreement in 1981, which allowed the West German company to use the name “Schott” and the square with a circle, while the East German company was permitted to use the term “Jenaer Glass.” After the fall of the inner German border in 1989, the company based in Mainz acquired the East German company in Jena. While the state-owned enterprise in Jena (VEB) was integrated into the socialist plan economy of the GDR and ranked as one of Eastern Europe’s most important suppliers of specialty glass.[citation needed] Schott in West Germany established an international group of companies with manufacturing and sales sites located in Europe, America and Asia. After the German Reunification, the two companies in the East and the West were reunited.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6]

Schott North America[edit]

Schott Corporation holds a subsidiary in North America named ''Schott North America, Inc.'', it is the North American headquarters and holding company of the North American subsidiaries of the Schott Group.[7]

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.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2014/15". SCHOTT. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Milestones - The corporate history at a glance". Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Schott Solar to shutter PV module production facility in Billerica, MA". PV-Tech. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Schott AG to build PV production in USA". EETimes. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  5. ^ Website Schott Solar
  6. ^ Robinson-Avila, Kevin. "Updated: Schott Solar Mesa del Sol Plant To Shut". Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  7. ^ "SCHOTT Company Profile, SCHOTT North America". Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  8. ^ SCHOTT North America center for Research and Development

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