SCHOTT solutions no. 2/2016 > Products and know-how
The Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT, Dr. Frank Heinricht, accepted the prestigious innovation award at a gala event (upper right in the picture). Photo: SCHOTT/A. Sell
Award for innovation
SCHOTT receives the 2016 German Industry Innovation Award in the large company category for its ultra-thin glass.
Dr. Haike Frank
Thinner than a human hair and yet so flexible that you can wrap it around your little finger, ultra-thin glass speeds up product innovations in the electronics and semiconductor industries, where it enables faster, more energy-efficient, and thinner devices. This success story convinced this year’s German Industry Innovation Award jury to choose SCHOTT as the winner in the large company category.
With great thanks, Dr. Frank Heinricht, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT, accepted the prestigious award from the EU Commissioner, Günther H. Oettinger, and the Nobel Prize Laureate for Physics, Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing. ”This award is a special honor for SCHOTT and confirmation of our intensive ongoing work on this visionary topic,” Dr. Heinricht noted.
With this special material, the company that is at the forefront of the global value chain contributes substantially to reaching a worldwide market from Germany, the jury praised. Here, it should also be emphasized that ultra-thin glass is already generating sales for SCHOTT and that it is being used in initial applications.
Photo: SCHOTT/C. Costard
Thanks to SCHOTT’s proprietary down-draw technology, ultra-thin glass has a minimum thickness of 25 micrometers for innovative functions in the smartphones of tomorrow – from high-strength cover glasses to substrates for wearables, camera systems, novel micro batteries, as well as fingerprint and biosensors. The glass has many advantages over plastic and silicon and is also suitable for use in organic electronics, including touch sensors, flexible displays and lighting components. SCHOTT is partnering with a number of companies on setting up a production infrastructure for industrial processing. —