Project Partners of Equal Status

These landmark ideas require a thorough understanding and mastery of the basic chemical and physical processes occurring both on the glass surface, like the adhesion of coatings to glass, and between glass and other materials. This is the point where the interests of all four of the involved companies converge, and where the scientific competence of Bayreuth University is expected to provide the required support. “Rather than conducting bilateral, order-related project research, we are pursuing a joint concept involving five equal partners,” says Prof. Dieter Brüggemann, coordinator of the university’s WOPAG project, of this whole new approach in German industry. Since the companies involved are not competing with each other, they will be providing their know-how to each other without limitations or restrictions, which avoids parallel developments and saves time and money. “This level of complete openness is a vital element to our project,” claims Jürgen Strabel, Managing Director of Research & Development at SCHOTT-Rohrglas.