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16.05.2012, SCHOTT AG, Mainz/Germany

Universal Home initiative presents future scenarios on “Living in 2030”

SCHOTT a member in the company network project on innovative solutions for the future
The company network Universal Home presented the results that its 10 member companies have compiled on the subject of “Living in the year 2030” at a meeting held today at the Zollverein World Heritage site in Essen, Germany. The technology group and special glass manufacturer SCHOTT is a member of this network of companies that support the joint, cross- company development of future products and technologies. Universal Home makes this innovation platform on topics like living in the future, efficient use of energy, ultramodern materials, the latest products and technologies for demanding users available to its members.

“SCHOTT has been conducting research on the use of glass and glass-ceramics in innovative products for the many different markets for many years. Technologies for modern buildings, whether the focus is on private homes or company buildings, are one particularly important topic. For this reason, we welcome and support this initiative and are pleased to be able to contribute our expertise on topics like homes and living,” says Dr. Ulrich Ackermann, a member of the SCHOTT Corporate Management Committee.

“Intelligent networking of various types of technologies and worlds of experience inside a building are one of the main focuses both today and for the future. Developing the necessary standards is but one of the objectives of the ‘Universal Home’ project. The goal here is to encourage future product innovations through systematic networking of the partner firms along the value chain,” notes Markus Wessel, Project Manager for Network Management at Universal Home.

Further information is available here: www.universalhome.de

10 globally active companies (3M, Gira, Griffner, Grohe, Miele, Poggenpohl, RWE Effizienz, SCHOTT, Vaillant and WMF) that employ more than 130,000 people and generate close to €60 billion in sales revenue altogether are cooperating as part of the Universal Home project. The chair for Media Design in Media Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences in Gelsenkirchen and the design department from Folkwang University of the Arts are also involved in this project as scientific partners. After Hermann Marth, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Zollverein Foundation, had spoken, Thomas Lenzinger, CEO of GriffnerHaus AG, Udo Ermert, Head of Product Design Management and Andreas Enslin, Director of the Miele Design Center presented the results of the scenario project “Visions of Living 2030,” showed the related film and then discussed their further plans on how to realize the projects scheduled for completion by the year 2013.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, solar power, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in all major markets. Its workforce of around 17,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2.9 billion euros for the 2010/2011 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.
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