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01.07.2016, SCHOTT AG, Landshut, Germany

SCHOTT celebrates 75th site anniversary

The special glass expert manufactures high-tech electronic components in Landshut / Attractive employer in the region
SCHOTT has been manufacturing vacuum-tight glass-to-metal housings and penetrations, as well as other components that reliably protect electronic components against moisture, pressure or temperature loads and chemical effects, for 75 years. Photo: SCHOTT
SCHOTT has been manufacturing vacuum-tight glass-to-metal housings and penetrations, as well as other components that reliably protect electronic components against moisture, pressure or temperature loads and chemical effects, for 75 years. Photo: SCHOTT
An electrical component must function reliably, otherwise trouble, often danger is pre-programmed. “One important prerequisite is that the sensitive electronics offer the best possible protection against moisture, pressure loads and harmful environmental influences. High-quality housings made of glass and metal offer solutions to these problems,” explains Christian Geiger, Plant Manager of the SCHOTT site in Landshut. The technology group has been an expert in this field for many decades. The special glass expert develops and manufactures innovative glass-to-metal housings and penetrations for many electronic components as well as very fine glass powder for dental applications and vacuum-sealed LEDs for medical technology at its Bavarian site through its Electronic Packaging Business Unit and currently has around 500 employees. This year, the “hidden champion” is celebrating its site’s 75th anniversary. Under the motto “Discover the future. In the middle of Landshut,” SCHOTT in Landshut is presenting itself not only as a traditional, but especially as an innovative and attractive employer with good prospects for the future. 

The glass company in Landshut started off as a subsidiary of Jenaer Glaswerk SCHOTT & Genossen in 1941. Two years earlier, the glassmakers in Jena had already started with the production of vacuum-tight glass-to-metal seals for the emerging electronics industry, for which SCHOTT in Landshut had built a second production facility. In the early years, this was housed in temporary quarters inside the gymnasium of a former Girls High School of the Ursuline Order. After the end of World War II, Jena Glassworks moved its headquarters and research to Landshut from 1948 to 1952. The main reason was the division of the company in East and West and the loss of the main plant in Jena due to Soviet occupation and the division of Germany. Once the decision had been made in favor of a new main plant in Mainz and it was opened in 1952, SCHOTT concentrated the emerging business with components for electronic components in Landshut. A new factory with a modern infrastructure and space for further development was built here in 1960/61. With the opening of an additional plant in the industrial area Müncherau in 2000, SCHOTT was able to expand its activities in Landshut.

“To the extent that developments in electronics have rapidly contributed to  technical progress, SCHOTT was also able to establish itself quickly as an excellent partner to the electronics industry with its expertise on reliably protecting electronic components using its housing technology,” said Dr. Frank Heinricht, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT, at the official anniversary event held at the Rathausprunksaal in Landshut.
Today, sophisticated electronic packaging products from Landshut offer solutions in various fields of the future. These range from glass tubes for biochips to housings for fast data transmission, automotive applications, thermal fuses for modern home appliances through to uses in areas such as energy, e-mobility and communication technology in outer space. Very special know-how has even been built up in Landshut for non-electronic applications: grounding special glass into fine powder, which is then used in aesthetic and durably stable fillings. Innovative LEDs for use in lighting solutions in medical technology, which for the first time bring a sterilizable light source directly to the tips of dentists’ drills or endoscopes, are yet another example. 

The Electronic Packaging division that is managed from out of Landshut currently has five production sites in Europe, Asia and the US and a total of 1,600 employees. As an employer, SCHOTT in Landshut offers interesting career and training opportunities in commercial and non-commercial areas as well as attractive benefits.
The motto of the site anniversary “Discover the future. In the middle of Landshut” in the anniversary year is an appeal and an opportunity to learn more about the prospects of the “hidden champion” and “global player” SCHOTT. An exhibition in downtown Landshut (Rathausvorplatz) from July 1-10, talks with employees on site and a detailed information booklet will offer the chance to do so in the anniversary year.

About SCHOTT
SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,000 employees, sales of 1.93 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2014/2015. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment. www.schott.com
SCHOTT has been manufacturing vacuum-tight glass-to-metal housings and penetrations, as well as other components that reliably protect electronic components against moisture, pressure or temperature loads and chemical effects, for 75 years. Photo: SCHOTT
SCHOTT has been manufacturing vacuum-tight glass-to-metal housings and penetrations, as well as other components that reliably protect electronic components against moisture, pressure or temperature loads and chemical effects, for 75 years. Photo: SCHOTT
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