Experts offer local support, thanks to a modern infrastructure and in-depth know-how.
(Photo: SCHOTT/J. Siefke)
Technological Trailblazer in Asia
By offering more support to customers, partners and SCHOTT divisions in Asia, the Application Center Asia (aca), with its network of experts, acts as a problem solver when it comes to developing applications.
When it opened in the spring, four of the top five companies of China’s optics industry were present. Not a bad start, after all, when it comes to high-tech optical components, such as high-precision lenses and prisms for digital cameras and projectors, Asia is where all of the action is. SCHOTT has been earning a fine reputation for around 40 years and hopes to achieve roughly 30 percent of its sales there in 2010. ”Mission Asia” is benefiting from a megatrend. According to research results, Asia’s share in global production capacity will grow to exceed 50 percent in 2030. The multi-national development and application centers that are currently springing up like mushrooms in China are techno- logical trailblazers. In 2006, there were 980. This year, this figure is projected to reach 1,200.
In the future, the laboratories will be used to process optical materials and develop customer-specific applications. (Photo: SCHOTT/C. Fei)
The ACA is now forming elite networks of experts in select fields inside Asia. Cooperation is taking place with institutions in China, such as the Zhejiang University, the Soochow University, the Institute of Optics and Mechanics in Chengdu and the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics. The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Chung Hua University in Taipei, Taiwan, is also a partner. The topics currently focus on promising future optical technologies, such as precision blank pressing of low Tg glasses (glasses with low transformation temperatures) for use in effcient manufacturing of aspherical lenses and diffractive optical elements. Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese companies and universities are involved. A panel of experts has driven these topics forward.
”We are moving closer to the goal of expanding our expertise on site.”
Dr. UIrich Ackermann, President and ceo of SCHOTT Asia
(Photo: SCHOTT/A. Sell)
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