SCHOTT leads the way for UN International Year of Glass

SCHOTT leads the way for UN International Year of Glass

Dr. Frank Heinricht shows one of SCHOTT’s pharmaceutical vials - Image: SCHOTT

Specialty glass manufacturer and international technology group SCHOTT has announced that it will be a major sponsor for the United Nations International Year of Glass 2022. The company, which has delivered breakthrough glass innovations over the past decades, will join the international community in celebrating glass as a key material in daily life, science, and technology.

SCHOTT wants to share its passion for glass, celebrate its contributions to science and technology, and help promote sustainable production in the glass industry. The glass lovers at SCHOTT have a long history of creating innovative products like ultra-thin flexible glass, glass-ceramics, pharmaceutical glass packaging, and optical glass. The company has also committed to making significant technical changes to its energy-intense production to become climate neutral by 2030.

“SCHOTT has been passionate about glass for well over a century, and we are pleased to be sponsoring International Year of Glass events,” said SCHOTT CEO Dr. Frank Heinricht. “As a company, it is important for us to help bring the international community together in celebrating the important contributions that glass makes to our world.”

The company plans to sponsor three major IYOG events:

  • UN IYOG Opening Ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland (February 10 to 11)
  • National Day of Glass in Washington, DC, U.S. (April 5 to 7)
  • 26th International Congress on Glass in Berlin, Germany (July 3 to 8)

As part of the opening conference at the UN’s Palace of Nations in Geneva, Heinricht will be delivering a presentation focusing on the crucial role that glass plays in life science and the pharmaceutical industry. The entire event will be streamed to the public at: https://media.un.org/en/webtv/.

Since 1959, the UN has designated International Years in order to bring attention to key issues and to encourage international action to address concerns that have global significance. This year marks the first time the UN has chosen to promote a material, focusing on the important role that glass plays in society. For 2022, glass was chosen because of its contributions to technology and sustainability.