Cooking in Style
SCHOTT manufactures its 100 millionth Ceran® cooktop panel and transforms the kitchen into a place for encounters.
Cooking is currently in and receives a great deal of media attention. But even far away from the tv cameras, more and more people are devoting a lot of their spare time to cooking. Nevertheless, the focus isn’t always on elaborate recipes, but also on the kitchen as a meeting place. SCHOTT has contributed towards this development with its customized and futuristic products. Today, the kitchen is a room in which design and appearance are of major importance. This has not always been the case, however. At the beginning of the 20th century, kitchens mainly performed a practical function and offered very little technical support or design. Cooking technology continued to develop during the postwar period. Electric coil ranges became mass products, yet offered hardly any latitude for individual designs. They were also difficult to clean and extremely sensitive to scratches. Cooking on glass ceramic was hard to imagine back then.
Appearance and design reign in modern kitchens. Ceran Cleartrans® cooktop panels provide design impulses. Photo: SCHOTT
In the meantime, SCHOTT Ceran® has managed to become an important design element; therefore manufacturing of this glass ceramic has nearly doubled over the last five years. In the fall, SCHOTT will manufacture its 100 millionth cooktop panel. “The expansion of capacities in order to meet rising demand and the quality expectations of our customers was largely responsible for this increase,” says Dr. Ioannis Kosmas, Vice President of the Glass Ceramics Business Segment. “This included automated manufacturing techniques and a patented technology for the melting process that is unique in the world today,” he adds.
Sights set on innovation: SCHOTT is constantly working to improve both the material and the design of Ceran® cooktop panels. Photo: SCHOTT
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