- Sales in U.S. rose 7% to more than $520 million in fiscal year 2021-22
- Main contributors include SCHOTT’s solutions for pharmaceutical industry, home appliances, and microchip production
- Specialty glass products played a role in the recent achievement of fusion ignition at NIF
RYE BROOK, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SCHOTT, the international technology group and inventor of specialty glass, maintained strong growth in the United States amid global challenges in fiscal year 2021-22. The company achieved U.S. sales of more than $520 million for a 7% year-over-year increase. An additional $23 million was invested in 2022 to support organic growth, bringing its five-year investment total to nearly $75 million. Prior investments created production efficiencies that fostered success across six production sites, its research and development center, and the U.S. Headquarters.
All of SCHOTT’s business units in the U.S. experienced growth, with pharmaceutical systems, home tech, and advanced optics leading the way. A key highlight for SCHOTT Pharma USA was the plan to triple capacity of high-value pharmaceutical vials at the facility in Lebanon, PA.
“Investments in equipment and facility upgrades allowed us to mitigate numerous challenges and maintain our steady progress in the U.S. market,” said Christopher Cassidy, President of SCHOTT North America. “We’ve committed another $24 million in planned investments this year, that will allow us to build on our momentum. Just this month we opened a new diagnostics facility in Phoenix, a one-stop-shop for point of care diagnostics that increases domestic manufacturing and underscores SCHOTT’s ability to be a reliable partner within the U.S.”
The company also made important contributions toward sustainability in 2022. Most notably, SCHOTT made the switch to 100% green energy and plans to move closer to its climate neutrality initiative this year. In December 2022, SCHOTT laser and optical glass helped achieve a spectacular breakthrough in nuclear fusion. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California generated more energy than was consumed in a fusion reaction, opening new possibilities for the future of clean power. SCHOTT has supplied more than 1,000 parts to the NIF and continues its role in the decades-long challenge of producing commercial-scale laser fusion energy.
In 2023, SCHOTT is focused on advancing its core business units and making strong gains in the areas of med-tech, aerospace, and semiconductors. SCHOTT’s increased capacity to manufacture adaptiQ® ready-to-use vials and components for diagnostics and medical laser therapies will play a large role in advancing healthcare technology. Moreover, SCHOTT’s ultra-thin glass is protecting photovoltaics on satellites orbiting the Earth, while ZERODUR® glass-ceramics will enable never before seen insights from telescopes such as those at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Other specialty glass products such as BOROFLOAT® or fiber optic light guides are supporting local microchip production. In the future, specialty glass can also enable advanced chip packaging designs for the most powerful microchips.
More highlights from 2022 in the U.S. include:
- Established 37,500-square-foot diagnostics manufacturing facility in the U.S. (officially opened in Phoenix, AZ, on Jan. 9, 2023)
- Continued accident-free safety record at the site (0 lost time accident rate since March 2018)
- Used ZERODUR as mirror substrates for the DRACO imager to guide the spacecraft and provide hi-res images on NASA’s DART mission
- Fiber optics for medical components drove sales
- Focused on operations to implement strategic productivity projects quickly and efficiently
- Increased effort on automation projects
- Sales for adaptiQ® RTU vials grew as demand for high-value drugs, such as biologists and vaccines, increased
Pioneering. Responsibly. Together.
These attributes characterize SCHOTT as a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on specialty glass. Founder Otto Schott is considered its inventor and became the pioneer of an entire industry. Always opening up new markets and applications with a pioneering spirit and passion – this is what has driven the #glasslovers at SCHOTT for almost 140 years. Represented in over 30 countries, the company is a highly skilled partner for high-tech industries: Healthcare, Home Appliances & Living, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductors & Datacom, Optics, Industry & Energy, Automotive, Astronomy & Aerospace. In the fiscal year 2022, its 17,200 employees generated sales of 2.8 billion euros. SCHOTT AG is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the oldest foundations in Germany. It uses the Group’s dividends to promote science. As a foundation company, SCHOTT has anchored responsibility for employees, society and the environment deeply in its DNA. The goal is to become a climate-neutral company by 2030.
Rina Della Vecchia
SCHOTT North America