Schott Wins Industry Innovation Award

Jan Hofer, Master of Ceremony (left), Nobel Laureate in Physics Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing (middle) and Dr. Frank Heinricht, Chairman of the Board of Management of Schott (right) at the award ceremony. (Source: Schott)

Jan Hofer, Master of Ceremony (left), Nobel Laureate in Physics Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing (center) and Dr. Frank Heinricht, Chairman of the Board of Management of Schott (right) at the award ceremony. (Source: Schott)

It is flexible like plastic, but as stable as glass. Ultra-thin glass serves as the basis for product innovations in the electronics and semiconductor industries, where it enables faster, more energy-efficient and thinner devices. This success story of ultra-thin glass as a pioneer for innovation ultimately convinced the jury. Schott, an expert in the area of specialty glass, has won this year’s German Industry Innovation Award in the category large companies.

The Chairman of the Board of Management of Schott, Dr. Frank Heinricht, received the award from EU Commissioner Guenther H. Oettinger and Nobel Laureate in Physics Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing at a gala event held in Darmstadt on April 16. “This award is a special honor for Schott and confirmation of our intensive ongoing work on this visionary topic. The award underscores that we have succeeded in bringing a trailblazer for new applications to market with our material innovation ultra-thin glass. Through our close cooperation with national institutes and companies, we are also helping to secure Germany’s position as a site for research and technology,” Heinricht noted.

The jury praised the innovative power of Schott, which has again manifested itself in the example of ultra-thin glass. With this very special material, the company that is positioned at the very beginning of the value chain makes an instrumental contribution to tapping into a relevant global market from Germany. The fact that Schott is already generating sales with its ultra-thin glass and that it is already being used in a few initial applications also deserves mention.

Ultra-thin glass from Schott is robust and flexible for use in a variety of high-tech applications. (Source: Schott)

Ultra-thin glass from Schott is robust and flexible for use in a variety of high-tech applications. (Source: Schott)

Ultra-thin glass from Schott is robust and flexible for use in a variety of high-tech applications. The company produces ultra-thin glasses for innovative functions in the smartphones of tomorrow: from high-strength cover glasses to substrates for bendable OLED displays and “wearables”, for camera systems, novel micro batteries and advanced packaging of micro-electronics, as well as fingerprint and biosensors.

Thanks to a wide variety of high-quality glass types and proprietary down-draw technology, Schott can reliably produce a portfolio of ultra-thin glasses down to a minimum thickness of 25 µm, and yet offers the most unbreakable glass on the market. These products offer many advantages over other materials because they are more stable than plastic and significantly more economical compared to silicon.

Besides the traditional semiconductor industry, this material is also of importance to the field of organic electronics. Schott works with a number of German development partners on building a production infrastructure for industrial processing. The Fraunhofer Institute of Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin are important innovation centers. For instance, advancements from Schott and several of its partners are being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to be able to provide ultra-thin glass on a roll for use in organic electronics. Examples of such applications include touch sensors, flexible displays, lighting components, organic solar cells and intelligent labels. These elements, in turn, enable pioneering innovations in consumer electronics, packaging, household appliances and the automotive industry and thus open up access to the world market. (Source: Schott)

Links: Ultra-thin flexible glass, Schott, Mainz, Germany • Fraunhofer Institute of Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, Dresden, Germany • Fraunhofer Institute for Reliablility and Microintegration IZM, Berlin, Germany • The German Industry Innovation Award

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