Schott’s production line for floated borosilicate glass went into operation in Jena in 1993.

It was the world's first microfloat facility for manufacturing floated borosilicate glass, which has subsequently become a successful product for a broad range of applications including fire resistant glazing, safety glazing for armoured limousines, lighting technology, the internal pane of pyrolysis ovens and optical filters.

It has many different characteristics, such as resistance to extreme temperatures, high mechanical load-bearing capacity, excellent surface quality and outstanding optical properties.

With float technology, the liquid glass floats as a continuous ribbon on molten tin. Therefore, there is no need to grind the glass because it takes on a smooth, mirror-like surface during the manufacturing process.