On the basis of his new scientific discoveries, Otto Schott manufactured specialized glasses with precisely defined and reproducible properties for the first time ever. These made it possible to mass produce powerful microscopes and other optical devices in consistently high quality and substantiated the international reputation of Germany’s optical industry and the specialized glass industry. Borosilicate glass was yet another one of Otto Schott’s monumental inventions. Stable with acids and bases, and extremely resistant to heat and severe temperature changes, this new glass was ideally suited for a wide variety of technological applications. At first, SCHOTT used it to produce thermometer glass, laboratory glassware and lamp cylinders. Later, flat glass products and tubes as a preliminary product for making pharmaceutical packaging were added, as were ampoules and syringes, and household glass marketed under the popular brand name Jenaer Glas®. Around 1895, borosilicate glass helped gas lighting to achieve its breakthrough. Within only a few years, mass production of lamp cylinders had transformed the glass technology laboratory into an industrial company.
Even today, borosilicate glass has remained the standard for quality in the pharmaceutical industry. It has been successfully on the market under the name Fiolax® since 1911 and is known for its extremely high chemical resistance, neutrality, density and rigidity. Year for year, SCHOTT produces well over seven billion syringes, cartridges, vials and ampoules at manufacturing sites all over the world.
Shortly after the company was founded, specialized glasses from SCHOTT were already in demand all over the world. By 1900, exports already accounted for 50 percent of sales.
“Three constants have continued to influence the development of SCHOTT: technological expertise and the power of innovation, continuation of internationalization and responsibility for employees and society.”(Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG)
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