IFA 2022: Kitchen innovations from leading brands rely on SCHOTT glass

01 September 2022, Mainz, Germany

  • Whether as a cooktop, an oven, or an extractor hood, modern kitchen appliances rely on specialty glass.

  • At IFA 2022 in Berlin, well-known household appliance manufacturers will be showcasing SCHOTT’s innovations for the kitchen, including CERAN Luminoir™ and SCHOTT® Duo Design.

From German manufacturer Miele to Turkish brand Kumtel, the household appliance industry will be showcasing its new kitchen appliances featuring specialty glass innovations from SCHOTT at the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA) in Berlin.
Kumtel gas hob manufactured using printed glass-ceramic cooktop by SCHOTT
Nature-inspired design: A special ceramic printing gives flat glass a natural stone look, like marble. Photo: Kumtel

Whether in the iconic black cooktop or in a viewing panel in the oven or refrigerator, glass and glass ceramic are important components of modern, quality kitchen appliances. "We are delighted that our customers will be presenting numerous innovative products at IFA that rely on SCHOTT glass and glass-ceramic," says Dr. Jörn Besinger, Head of Product Management & New Business Development at SCHOTT CERAN®. Well-known brands such as Miele, BSH, Berbel, and Benthaus, as well as Haier, Arçelik, Vestel, and Kumtel will be presenting their newest products featuring various solutions from SCHOTT. "When it comes to new product development, we always work closely with our customers so that they can bring the best technologies and designs to people's kitchens," said Gregor Grosse, Head of Global Product Development & Innovation Management at SCHOTT Flat Glass. International technology group SCHOTT serves as an innovation and design partner for the home appliance industry all over the world.

Trends for the kitchen

For the last few years, the industry has been trending toward smart, connected kitchens. This year, that journey continues. Here, lighting features that visually support appliances’ connectedness and make cooking more exciting and fun are particularly important. Last year, SCHOTT launched CERAN Luminoir™, a new glass-ceramic that allows home appliance manufacturers to easily implement bright and true-color lighting solutions. "Thanks to a new material formulation, our glass-ceramic is more translucent and allows for lighting solutions without additional filters and coatings," explains Evelin Weiß, Head of Material Development Projects at SCHOTT CERAN®. CERAN Luminoir™ can now be seen for the first time in various household appliance brands at the IFA and will also be available to consumers in the coming months.

Light as well as unusual appliance designs are important factors for the kitchens of the future. Appliance fronts featuring flat glass printing technologies like SCHOTT® Duo Design can be design objects: it can provide the look and feel of natural materials, like stone, marble, wood, or even metal, thanks to a special printing technology on both sides of the glass. Even unusual graphic or 3D designs can be realized with the technology, which relies on a special ceramic and environmentally friendly ink. "We offer a large portfolio of different printing technologies. This gives our customers numerous options to get creative. This will make tomorrow's kitchens much more diverse," says Grosse. Above all, he says, individual brand logos design is an important element for household appliance manufacturers in positioning their own products and differentiating them from the competition.


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 Trademarks: SCHOTT CERAN® is a registered trademark of SCHOTT AG.

Examples of lighting features for cooktops enabled by SCHOTT CERAN Luminoir™ glass-ceramic

CERAN Luminoir™ makes unusual lighting features on cooktop possible. Photo: SCHOTT AG

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Example of company logo printed onto a panel of SCHOTT flat glass

SCHOTT printing technologies for flat glass enable fine representations of logos or patterns. Photo: SCHOTT AG

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Pioneering – responsibly – together

These attributes characterize SCHOTT as a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on specialty glass. Founder Otto Schott is considered its inventor and became the pioneer of an entire industry.Always opening up new markets and applications with a pioneering spirit and passion – this is what has driven the #glasslovers at SCHOTT for more than 130 years. Represented in 34 countries, the company is a highly skilled partner for high-tech industries: Healthcare, Home Appliances & Living, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductors & Datacom, Optics, Industry & Energy, Automotive, Astronomy & Aerospace. In the fiscal year 2021, its 17,300 employees generated sales of 2.5 billion euros. SCHOTT AG is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the oldest foundations in Germany. It uses the Group's dividends to promote science. As a foundation company, SCHOTT has anchored responsibility for employees, society and the environment deeply in its DNA. The goal is to become a climate-neutral company by 2030.

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