Schott to offer advanced R&D services for outside parties

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The corporate research and technology development department of Schott has begun offering a range of R&D consulting services, focusing on technical questions involving the use of glasses, glass-ceramics, and coatings. The new service aims to help its customers to find more efficient and cost-effective solutions.

Schott employees 200 staff at its Otto Schott Research Center, which specialises in research on the subject of special-purpose glass. The R&D group acts as a service division for the Schott Group’s 40 production facilities all over the world, and concentrates its activities on application-oriented problems.

The new R&D services range from customer-specific development of materials, contract manufacturing of lab to pilot scale quantities, designing and manufacturing of optical and optoelectronic components, and providing expert advice on material processing, as well as scientific studies in various fields of expertise. In the area of melting in particular, Schott will be offering expert assistance and support for turn-key melting projects, in addition to providing the equipment, parts, processes, simulation and troubleshooting services that customers may require.

The development of special coatings for use in products and analytic measurement services are yet other areas in which Schott sees strong market potential. The company's experts are able to provide comprehensive support in resolving questions on structures, defects, bubbles, chemical compositions, as well as optical and mechanical properties of glasses, glass-ceramics and thin layers.