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New evolution in display cover glass: SCHOTT prepares market launch of an advanced Xensation® 3D – tougher than ever before

SCHOTT has now made its Xensation® 3D cover glass even better. The enhanced lithium alumino-silicate (LAS) cover glass is extremely strong, especially to falls on sharp objects. Its attributes make it an attractive alternative to competing solutions in the cover glass jungle, “Made in Germany” and processed in China. The proven Xensation® 3D – securing smartphone displays from leading Chinese brands – already demonstrates that it is perfectly suited for people’s lives.
A modern love affair: Smartphones are picked up 76 times a day on average and tapped with a finger nearly 3,000 times. No wonder even the smallest scratches, cracks or irritations in the touch display immediately catch the user’s eye. With Xensation® 3D, the international technology group SCHOTT has successfully positioned itself in the smartphone cover glass market. The company has been supplying leading Chinese smartphone makers with lithium alumino-silicate (LAS) glass since 2011, making it a pioneer in LAS glass production.

New generation: tougher than ever

SCHOTT has now made Xensation® 3D even better: the improved composition has been refined to even further increase set-drop performance (a device drop test) on sharp objects. This is enabled by a special production and tempering process that introduces potassium and sodium ions onto the glass surface. This results in an outstanding depth effect of the chemical strengthening that has never been possible before. For comparison, conventional cover glass types diffuse only potassium ions into the material during chemical toughening.

“The cover glass market is in urgent need for diversity. With an advanced Xensation® 3D, SCHOTT now prepares the market launch of a high-performance cover glass option. The outstanding results of the drop test paint an extremely attractive picture,” says Dr. Reiner Mauch, Head of SCHOTT’s Xensation® product group. “Our goal is to further expand our cover glass market share with the Xensation® 3D product lineup through consistent further development of the product. By 2019, we want to be protecting over 100 million smartphones from the challenges of everyday life.”

SCHOTT’s strong performance is mainly driven by the increased demand for high-quality glass types for touchscreen devices such as smartphones. The high demand of the past months led to increased cover glass production, ensuring fast supply times, agile reaction times and consistently reliable product quality. SCHOTT has been granted a fully examined and valid patent portfolio, especially in the field of cover glass.

Outstanding glass development for over 130 years

After Xensation® and Xensation® 3D, SCHOTT is now preparing the market launch of an improved cover glass “made in Germany.” This latest step of Xensation® 3D is the result of SCHOTT engineers from Germany and China further improving the glass’s ion exchange capabilities.

SCHOTT cover glass initiative

The introduction of an enhanced Xensation® 3D marks the next step in SCHOTT’s ongoing cover glass initiative. This initiative has seen the company introduce numerous unique and groundbreaking key technologies made of special glass that are enabling pioneering innovations in mobile devices. Visitors to the C-Touch trade show in Shenzhen last week were invited to see SCHOTT’s current product lineup at the SCHOTT booth. Xensation® was joined on display by SCHOTT AS 87 eco, an ultra-thin glass ideally suited as 2.5D and 3D Protective Cover Film for smartphones and smartwatches.

Besides the robust and comparatively thick Xensation® 3D cover glass (available in thicknesses from 0.55 to 0.8 millimeters), SCHOTT is also advancing its development of ultra-thin glass thinner than a human hair. The flexible material can be used to make foldable smartphones or flexible displays. Ultra-thin glass with a thickness of 0.07 millimeters, for instance, is 32 times thinner than a 1-euro coin.

Xensation® is a registered trademark of SCHOTT AG.

SCHOTT Xensation® 3D website 

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. With more than 15,500 employees at production sites and sales offices in 33 countries, the group has a global presence. In the 2016/2017 fiscal year, SCHOTT generated sales of 2.05 billion euros. 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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