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23.10.2017, Mainz

Winning streak continues: Smart Access from SCHOTT lands Gold in 2018 German Design Award

The hands-free glass door system SCHOTT Termofrost® Smart Access has won over the judges for the 2018 German Design Award, an international competition run by the German Design Council, and received the Gold prize for its excellent product design in the “Retail” category. Previously, at EuroShop in March 2017, SCHOTT was awarded the AIT (Architektur Innenarchitektur Technischer Ausbau) innovation award.
Christian Köhler and Dietmar Nilles from SCHOTT are delighted to receive the award. Picture: SCHOTT
Christian Köhler and Dietmar Nilles from SCHOTT are delighted to receive the award. Picture: SCHOTT
SCHOTT Termofrost® Smart Access doors for refrigerated cabinets open hands-free using motion detection sensors. Made entirely of glass with no frame, this virtually invisible door system provides shoppers a panoramic view of and easy access to products.

In an effort to differentiate themselves from growing online retail outlets, supermarkets are investing in shop design concepts that create a feel-good atmosphere and provide exceptional customer experience. Product freshness and convenience are the two most important contributing factors, according to the EHI Retail Institute. Appealing product presentation in particular can set retail outlets apart from online retail.

With this in mind, SCHOTT and NOA Design developed a fridge door system of the future for the German supermarket chain REWE. “Our world is modernizing rapidly. Convenience, efficiency, customer experience and environmental friendliness all shape our day-to-day life, including how we shop”, Michael Lammel, Managing Partner of NOA says. Christian Köhler from SCHOTT adds: “Unique store concepts help grocery store managers connect with their customers. Closed refrigerated cabinets will be an integral part of the food retail sector of the future since they save energy. Our automatic fridge door system goes even further. The added convenience and appealing design creates a new, positive customer experience.”

The official award ceremony will be held in February 2018 during Ambiente, the consumer goods tradeshow, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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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 35countries. 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.

Termofrost® is a registered trademark of SCHOTT AG.

About the German Design Award

The German Design Award is presented by the German Design Council. Its objective is to discover, present and honor unique design trends. Every year, high-quality product and communication designs are recognized, all of which are considered ground-breaking in the international design landscape. In 2017 more than 5,000 entries were received, 49% in the category Excellent Product Design and 51% in Excellent Communications Design. The majority of entries are submitted by German companies, institutions, and individuals, with 758 international entries. In total, 45 products/projects received the Gold award.
Highest honor: SCHOTT Termofrost® Smart Access wins gold German Design Award 2018. Picture: SCHOTT
Highest honor: SCHOTT Termofrost® Smart Access wins gold German Design Award 2018. Picture: SCHOTT
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