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SCHOTT honored as “Innovator of the Year” 2018

Renowned trade magazine "Design&Elektronik" awards readers' prize for new glass-to-aluminum sealing technology from SCHOTT in Landshut.
With a secure seal, the contents of an enclosure are well-protected and last longer: this is conventional knowledge in packaging applications. Glass specialist SCHOTT is currently proving that this simple wisdom can be meaningfully applied to complex future technologies. The company has developed a lid technology that prevents aluminum electrolytic capacitors and supercapacitors from experiencing electrolyte dry-out. These energy storage devices are considered to be essential for the prospect of charging electric cars in a matter of minutes and are also suitable for supplying power to new energy and the aerospace industry, among other examples. However, these electronic components have a daunting drawback: performance can drop rapidly if their housing seal leaks.

SCHOTT's technology experts have found a solution to this problem. "We have replaced the previously standard plastic seals with special glass. We can melt the electrical contacts in this glass and hermetically seal them to the aluminum cover. This means no liquid or moisture can enter or exit and the performance of the capacitor is maintained," explains Claire Buckwar, head of the battery solutions division. SCHOTT was the first company in the world to create a permanently tight hermetic connection between glass and aluminum.
This achievement did not go unnoticed, even among experts. Renowned German trade magazine "Design&Elektronik" awarded the new glass-aluminum technology (SCHOTT GTAS®) its annual "Innovator of the Year" prize. The readers of the publication honored SCHOTT's innovative performance in the "Passive Components" category. Thomas Pfeiffer, head of SCHOTT's Automotive Product Division, accepted the award at a gala event in Munich at the end of October: "Our 75-plus years of experience in glass-to-metal connections are paying dividends for our future. This technology will help in the development of new capacitors and energy applications that will play a role in our daily lives in many areas." SCHOTT GTAS® will not only increase the reliability and longevity of the capacitors, but also help simplify the design of lithium-ion batteries and increase their overall performance.

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 33 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,000 employees, sales of 2.05 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2016/2017. 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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