Aerial shot of the SCHOTT plant in Mainz, Germany

SCHOTT Mainz

Although SCHOTT has manufacturing, business and research bases dotted around the globe, its 21st century home is in Mainz, Germany. The SCHOTT Group has its headquarters here, while the city is also home to SCHOTT’s main plant and its central research and development center.

The beating heart of SCHOTT

The city of Mainz is the official legal base of the SCHOTT AG corporation (the AG meaning “Aktiengesellschaft”, a shareholder-controlled company). Here you will not only find the group’s headquarters – the main management center plus the strategic and operational hub of the business – but also the largest production site of the SCHOTT Group. The group’s main research and development unit, the Otto Schott Research Center, is also located here.

For over 60 years, Jena in eastern Germany was home to SCHOTT's headquarters. But in the wake of the political and geographical upheavals that followed the Second World War, SCHOTT’s operations were split between the newly created states of East and West Germany. Since Jena lay in the communist East Germany, the corporation’s headquarters was relocated to Mainz, in the West, in 1952. A new main plant was also built there.  

What we offer

Markets and Applications

In Mainz, SCHOTT has provided the optical industry with a broad range of specialty glasses for over half a century. But the site is now also a center of excellence for glass-ceramics. This innovative material has enabled important advances in applications such as cooktops and panels for fireplaces, as well as highly accurate telescope mirror blanks for the astronomy and technology fields. In Mainz, you will also find a key production site for state-of-the-art optical fibers used to control light in automotive, aviation, and medical devices. Elsewhere in the city, a new melting facility manufactures borosilicate glass tubes for pharmaceutical packaging.

Black CERAN® cooktop with red and blue display

Products

To serve the many applications of SCHOTT glass solutions, a wide range of products are manufactured in Mainz. These include CERAN®, the original, trend-setting glass-ceramic cooktop; ROBAX® glass-ceramic vision panels for fireplaces and specialist optical glasses; and FIOLAX® glass tubing for the safe pharmaceutical packaging of drugs and vaccines. In addition, ZERODUR® glass-ceramics have helped to set new standards for astronomical telescopes, while enhanced fiber optic image and light guides have enabled significant improvements in a number of medical and industrial applications.

	Selection of glass syringes, cartridges, and tubing for pharmaceutical packaging

About the region

A historic city with an eye on the future

Mainz is located on Germany’s Rhine river and is the capital of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. With a population of 220,000, its historical importance is considerable: the city was founded in Roman times and is more than 2,000 years old. Technological advancement has long been associated with the city – Mainz’s most famous historical resident was inventor Johannes Gutenberg, who pioneered the printing press in Europe. Today, the reputation for forward thinking endures, with important businesses based in the city including TV company ZDF and the biotechnology specialists BioNTech, who helped develop a major vaccine to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Dom cathedral of Mainz

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