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13.09.2017, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

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SCHOTT Gemtron has been producing innovative flat glass in San Luis Potosí for 25 years
A quarter of a century ago, the German technology group SCHOTT followed a customer to San Luis Potosí, and a Latin American success story began. This year, the plant, which manufactures flat glass for the household appliance industry, is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and setting itself up with innovative technologies for the future.

This plant for the Flat Glass Business Unit was initially founded by the U.S. company Gemtron in 1992, but following a joint venture in 1998, it became part of SCHOTT. Today more than 130 employees work on five production lines in San Luis Potosí over an area of 4,500 square meters. The plant chiefly produces refrigerator shelves, cook tops, control panels and oven doors, each in various versions. In the past fiscal year, more than 5 million processed glass parts were shipped to customers. Important customers since the beginning are Mexican companies in the home appliance segment.

The SCHOTT Gemtron plant is certified with the international quality standard ISO9000 and has received numerous safety awards from the Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare, and recognitions from customers. Huge improvements in quality and service standards have been a decisive factor for success. The technology group’s production site for its flat glass business unit is not only celebrating the milestone anniversary with its employees, but also looking ahead to how it can continue on a sustainable path forward.

“We are considered as one of the most reliable suppliers in our industry”, says Dr.Christian Mias, VP SCHOTT Flat Glass/ Operations Americas. “To fend off the competition – primarily from Asia – and to remain competitive, progress in innovation is critical. The next step is to make further progress in terms of innovation and productivity. Whether metallic refrigerator shelf designs, integrating innovative LED technology into household appliances or the large glass tablets that the team recently developed using laser technology, I’m confident that innovations like these take us to the next level.”

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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, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, 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 34 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,000 employees, sales of 1.99 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2015/2016. 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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