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21.03.2016, SCHOTT AG, Mainz, Germany

Revolutionizing design – with the next extreme material from SCHOTT

Would you like to watch your breakfast toast turn brown? A high-tech glass-ceramic called NEXTREMA® makes this possible.
The eye-catcher from the Morphy Richards Redefine Collection: The transparent glass-ceramic from SCHOTT turns the high-end toaster into a “must have” appliance. Photo: SCHOTT.
The eye-catcher from the Morphy Richards Redefine Collection: The transparent glass-ceramic from SCHOTT turns the high-end toaster into a “must have” appliance. Photo: SCHOTT.
With it, SCHOTT transforms appliances into design objects that fall into the “must have” category, while offering high strength. The material combines a number of sophisticated technical characteristics, such as those that glass and ceramics are known for, in one material and offers special design freedom.


The designers and product developers who work for the British appliance manufacturer Morphy Richards have made this combination of properties their own: “A product idea stands or falls with the material. You can come up with a gorgeous design and then have physics get in your way. The NEXTREMA® glass-ceramic from SCHOTT allows us to realize unique ideas,” says Mike James, Design & Innovation Director at Morphy Richards. The company recently introduced a transparent toaster and an iron with a transparent sole to the market – both were made possible by the material from SCHOTT.

“The recipe for success with our ‘Next extreme material’ NEXTREMA® is the combination of technical properties with a variety of design options. This glass-ceramic is very strong, has a smooth, non-porous surface and can be used in the infrared range. At the same time, it withstands very high temperatures of up to 950° C and defies rapid temperature changes. Furthermore, NEXTREMA® is available in six different colored material versions: from transparent or translucent to blue-grey, black or white, diversity is offered,” notes Product Manager Andy Rinaldi, in summarizing the strengths of NEXTREMA®.

Manufacturers of infrared radiant heaters for outdoor use are also convinced of the possibilities NEXTREMA® glass-ceramic offers. When covered by the wonder material, the glare of the radiant heater is reduced quite significantly. At the same time, they still have very high heating power and therefore fits in elegantly with the concepts for chic cafes or terraces.

Another application example is its use as a curved, transparent cover for high-quality grills. Glass-ceramic is well suited for this because it is a very safe material. Due to its high thermal shock resistance, it withstands temperature changes that occur with hot embers compared to the cooler ambient temperature. In fact, it even stands up to hail. A design upgrade is achieved by deforming it into aesthetically curved versions.

SCHOTT CERAN® glass-ceramic cooktop panels have been on the market for over 40 years. By continuously developing the material glass-ceramic, SCHOTT has succeeded in pushing its limitations and constantly developing new applications. This ability characterizes SCHOTT as a material expert on glass and glass-ceramics.

For more information, please visit our innovation platform: http://www.schott.com/innovation/en/nextrema/

CERAN® and NEXTREMA® are registered trademarks of SCHOTT AG.

About SCHOTT:

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,000 employees, sales of 1.93 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2014/2015. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment.
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Thanks to their cover with SCHOTT NEXTREMA® glass-ceramic, infrared radiant heaters for outdoor areas provide soft light and thus elegantly set the scene for cafes. Photo: ©heatscope.com
Thanks to their cover with SCHOTT NEXTREMA® glass-ceramic, infrared radiant heaters for outdoor areas provide soft light and thus elegantly set the scene for cafes. Photo: ©heatscope.com
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