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30.03.2011, SCHOTT AG, Mainz, Mitterteich

Attractive Ideas Competition on the Internet

Open innovation at SCHOTT-Rohrglas/Prizes valued at more than 15,000 euros
"Conturax" Pro: SCHOTT manufactures angular profiled tubes using a patented, direct drawing method. Based on the principle of “open innovation” – this is the first project of its kind at SCHOTT – everyone is invited to submit their ideas on new applications and markets for "Conturax" Pro glass profile tubing.
"Conturax" Pro: SCHOTT manufactures angular profiled tubes using a patented, direct drawing method. Based on the principle of “open innovation” – this is the first project of its kind at SCHOTT – everyone is invited to submit their ideas on new applications and markets for "Conturax" Pro glass profile tubing.
Mainz/Mitterteich, Germany; March 30, 2011 - Starting on March 30, SCHOTT-Rohrglas GmbH will be sponsoring a competition on ideas to encourage people to make clever suggestions on what can be made out of an angular glass tube. After all, whether or not it is square, rectangular or five or more sided, glass tubing from SCHOTT-Rohrglas, based in the Bavarian town of Mitterteich, hasn’t been just round for some time. And this is what opens up unlimited possibilities for new applications.

Based on the principle of “open innovation” – this is the first project of its kind at SCHOTT – everyone is invited to submit ideas on new applications and markets for “Conturax” Pro glass profile tubing, and thus “help shape the future,” says Dr. Nikolaos Katsikis, who heads the project. Registration to participate in the competition can be done online by going to the website www.innovationskraftwerk.de Attractive cash prizes worth a total of more than 15,000 euros are being offered and, of course, one even has a chance of seeing one’s own ideas implemented in marketable products. The winners will also be given the chance to present their ideas to the management jury during an award ceremony to be held at the headquarters of SCHOTT Group in Mainz.

SCHOTT-Rohrglas GmbH in Mitterteich is a subsidiary of SCHOTT Group, which has its headquarters in Mainz.

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SCHOTT-Rohrglas GmbH
Marion Pyschik
Director Marketing/Business Segment Tubing
Mitterteich
Phone: +49 (0) 9633 / 80-263
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