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06.09.2006, SCHOTT AG

SCHOTT Lays Cornerstone for Solar Manufacturing in Jena
60 Million Euros in Investments and 160 Jobs

SCHOTT, the technology group based in Mainz, Germany, announced that the cornerstone was officially laid today for the solar product manufacturing facility to be built in Jena, Germany. In total, 60 million Euros are being invested to enable the company’s subsidiary, SCHOTT Solar GmbH, to manufacture thin-film solar electricity modules. The facility is scheduled to go into operation in the fall of 2007. The manufacturing capacity will then exceed 30 megawatts (MW) per year. By establishing this solar manufacturing facility, SCHOTT will be creating an additional 160 new jobs at its joint site in Jena.
SCHOTT, the technology group based in Mainz, Germany, announced that the cornerstone was officially laid today for the solar product manufacturing facility to be built in Jena, Germany. In total, 60 million Euros are being invested to enable the company’s subsidiary, SCHOTT Solar GmbH, to manufacture thin-film solar electricity modules. The facility is scheduled to go into operation in the fall of 2007. The manufacturing capacity will then exceed 30 megawatts (MW) per year. By establishing this solar manufacturing facility, SCHOTT will be creating an additional 160 new jobs at its joint site in Jena.

With the Minister-President of Thuringia, Dieter Althaus, in attendance, Professor Dr.-Ing. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG, stated: “With solar, we are bringing yet another new promising venture for the future to Jena and, thus, strengthening the location where SCHOTT was founded. The establishment of this solar factory represents another milestone in our efforts to expand our solar activities. This means we will be expanding our thin-film technology to the industrial series production level. As a result, we’ll be improving our position among the world’s leading manufacturers in this field, as well.”

The new production facility will manufacture ASI® thin-film modules based on amorphous silicon. This process calls for amorphous silicon to be vapor deposited onto a thin pane of glass. Dr. Hans-Joachim Konz, member of the SCHOTT Corporate Management Committee and responsible for solar activities, explains the advantages of this technology as follows: “The thin-film technology conserves raw materials, because it requires far less silicon. As a result of the considerable flexibility with respect to shape and design, thin-film modules are perfectly suited for integration in buildings. They offer architects interesting possibilities to create glazing applications for windows, roofs and façades in conjunction with environmentally friendly power generation.”

The SCHOTT Group has consolidated its PV solar electricity activities inside its subsidiary, SCHOTT Solar GmbH. With its SmartSolarFab® in Alzenau (Bavaria), SCHOTT Solar operates the world’s most modern fully integrated manufacturing facility for producing PV solar electricity components based on crystalline silicon wafers. Additional manufacturing sites are located in the Czech Republic and the United States. With a manufacturing capacity of over 100 megawatts, SCHOTT Solar ranks as Europe’s largest fully integrated supplier capable of covering the entire value creation chain, including crystalline wafers, cells and modules. In the area of thin- film technology, SCHOTT Solar currently operates a facility for producing ASI® thin-film modules in lesser quantities at its site in Putzbrunn, near Munich, Germany. This is now being joined by industrial serial production in Jena.

In addition to its activities in the PV solar electricity sector, SCHOTT is also active in the field of solar thermal energy. At its site in Mitterteich (Bavaria), the company manufactures tube collectors that utilize energy from the sun to provide heat and warm water, as well as solar receivers, a key component of solar thermal power plants.

SCHOTT is an international technology group that sees its core purpose as the lasting improvement of living and working conditions. For this purpose, special materials, components and systems are developed. The main areas of focus are the household appliances industry, optics and opto-electronics, pharmaceuticals and solar energy. The SCHOTT Group has a presence in proximity to its customers through its production and sales companies in all its major markets. It has approximately 17,000 employees producing worldwide sales of approximately 2 billion euros. The company's technological and economic expertise is closely linked with its social and ecological responsibility.

SCHOTT is one of the leading solar industry companies worldwide. The international technology group supplies components for almost all photovoltaic and solar thermal applications. PV solar electricity modules with various performance ratings are used for decentralized power generation. Receivers are the key components in solar thermal parabolic trough power plants, a future technology for centralized power generation along the Earth's sunbelt. Highly efficient evacuated tube collectors provide solar heat for warm water, heating and air conditioning.
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