Transformation into a technology group
“We were looking for a mid-sized city like Jena that was centrally located with good transportation links and also had a university,” said Erich SCHOTT, managing director and son of the firm’s founder, when subsequently explaining the reasons for the choice of location. It was certainly a big benefit for Mainz. SCHOTT is now the city’s largest industrial employer with 4,600 employees and 200 apprentices.
In this anniversary year, departure fever is once again in the air. SCHOTT is accelerating its transformation into an international technology group. Lithography, telecommunications, and photovoltaic are just some of SCHOTT’s new areas of operation. The production of optical glass, which today comes in more than 110 varieties, still accounts for 20 percent of the total group sales revenues of EUR 2 billion.