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06.11.2013, SCHOTT AG, Mainz/Munich

SCHOTT Research fellow to Chair the Advisory Board on Glass Technology

Mainz-based technology group SCHOTT supports Museum with know-how and by providing innovative exhibits
Dr. Roland Langfeld (right), Research Fellow at SCHOTT AG, began serving as the Chairman of the Advisory Board on Glass Technology at Deutsches Museum in Munich. He thus succeeds Professor Dr. Helmut A. Schaeffer, who served as Chairman of this body for many years. In the middle of the picture: Dr. Margareta Benz-Zauner, curator of Prehistoriic Technology and Glass Technology. Photo: Deutsches Museum
Dr. Roland Langfeld (right), Research Fellow at SCHOTT AG, began serving as the Chairman of the Advisory Board on Glass Technology at Deutsches Museum in Munich. He thus succeeds Professor Dr. Helmut A. Schaeffer, who served as Chairman of this body for many years. In the middle of the picture: Dr. Margareta Benz-Zauner, curator of Prehistoriic Technology and Glass Technology. Photo: Deutsches Museum
Mainz/Munich, November 06, 2013 – Dr. Roland Langfeld, Research Fellow at SCHOTT AG, began serving as the new Chairman of the Advisory Board on Glass Technology at Deutsches Museum in Munich last week. The Advisory Board that Dr. Langfeld has been a member of since December 2007 advises and supports Deutsches Museum on updating museum exhibits on a regular basis in the Glass Technology department. The world's largest natural sciences and technology museum with more than 100,000 exhibits presents examples of hollow, flat and specialty glass that illustrate the historic development and current status of glass manufacturing and how it is being put to use. According to the new Chairman of the Advisory Board, his new role will involve advising the museum on all issues involving glass from an industry point of view, from manufacturing to applications. “The main focus, however, will be on preparing to integrate glass technology into a new ‘Material and Production’ department,” Dr. Langfeld says.

The Advisory Board on Glass Technology completed a rather unusual project over the past eight years: updating and expanding the museum guide on glass technology, a project which the members of the Advisory Board actively worked on as authors. The result is a four volume popular scientific series of textbooks that consists of the volumes “Flat Glass,” “Specialty Glass,” “Hollow Glass” and “Glass as a Material,” that go well beyond the information presented in the department. The Advisory Board consists of one representative each from the most important glass industries, a professor, and a representative of the Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft (DGG).

The exhibits that SCHOTT has provided Deutsches Museum with only recently include, among other things, a calibration standard (tetrahedron), beamer lamp reflectors and micrometer scales made of ZERODUR® glass-ceramic, and a glass rod that demonstrates the high transparency of optical glass, but also an exhibit that shows how raw ingredients are used to manufacture state-of-the-art optical glass. Presentations of other products provided by SCHOTT and other companies are currently in preparation. A presenter that features rolled up ultra-thin glass from SCHOTT Advanced Optics that was handed over to the Glass Technology department mid of October is even brand-new. This “Glass on a Roll” documents the latest state of the art technology and the power of innovation of German companies.

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 35 countries. Its workforce of around 16,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2 billion euros for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

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