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.
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.
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.