SCHOTT Milestones

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The cornerstone of our organization was laid in Jena, Germany, back in 1884 by Otto Schott, Ernst Abbe and Carl and Roderich Zeiss, and known at the time as «Glastechnisches Laboratorium Schott & Genossen».

Of course, a lot has happened since then. That’s why we would like to invite you on a very special journey through 200 years of the history of glass and show you the most exciting milestones of SCHOTT and SCHOTT CERAN®.

1968 | Starbound with glass

ZERODUR® is the name of the glass-ceramic which heralded a new era of telescope mirror substrates for astronomy. Its outstanding temperature resistance and low coefficient of expansion, good material homogeneity, chemical resistance, long-term stability and consistent mechanical properties enable an unprecedented and unadulterated view of the heavens. And provided a new idea for the kitchen.

1969 | Glass as contemporary witness of the moon landing

Optical glass from SCHOTT is used in television and photography cameras to make spectacular photos and television images of Apollo 11 as Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin become the first persons to walk on the moon.

1973 | Glass revolution at the stove

Once glass-ceramic had conquered space, the brand SCHOTT CERAN® finds its way into the kitchens of the world.

1979 | Fire and flame for glass

ROBAX® glass-ceramic, a new idea for windows on stoves and fireplaces, catches fire. From now on cozy fires can be admired from behind safety glass. And since then not only inside, but outside as well. More information

1986 | Glass and Art

The artist Christopher Ries is given a permanent studio at SCHOTT (USA). Special cranes were used to transport the massive pieces of glass, one at a time, from one production phase to another. Over months at a time Ries reshapes the glass to create spectacular and unique sculptures. More information.

1991 | Glass extra large

A new process extends ZERODUR® to a diameter of 8.2 m for use as a telescope mirror substrate in the Very Large Telescope, or VLT, in Chile.

2002 | Glass – for the sake of the environment

Glass is not the only thing constantly reinvented, but the production processes as well. SCHOTT CERAN® is a pioneer in the manufacture of black glass-ceramic cooktop panels without adding the heavy metals arsenic and antimony.

2013 | Glass gets smart

The ultra-thin glass SCHOTT AS 87 eco turns a vision into reality. Working together with different manufacturers of fingerprint sensors in smartphones has delivered a wafer-thin glass that is nevertheless highly resistant to bending and breaking – all without environmentally-hazardous substances.

2016 – Hello Tough Beauty

The kitchen undergoes a second revolution: SCHOTT CERAN® Miradur™ is the first glass-ceramic with a degree of hardness that comes close to that of a diamond. Even after years, the cooking surface still looks like it did the first day.

What will the future bring?

We are sure that glass and glass-ceramic still have endless properties, functions, shapes and colors which we have not yet coaxed out of it. There is no end to material research. To make glass even thinner while remaining break-proof we inspect cracks, for instance, very carefully. The properties of glass can also be put to good use where there are temperature fluctuations. How about a toaster with viewing panel? When it comes to design we can surely look forward to other highlights. Glass will soon be used as ink for 3D printing. And as to the future of glass-ceramic, you can help shape or follow it in the present at our international SCHOTT CERAN® DESIGN AWARDS. Stop by and take a look.

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