f.l.: Robert Wohlfahrt (ReViSalt), Fabian Schaile (TGFS), Dr. Martin Groß and Michael Heidan (beide ReViSalt)

New investment:

Thinner, lighter, stronger: ReViSalt revolutionizes the strengthening of glass, unlock-ing a new global potential for glass products 


7 June 2023

TGFS Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen announces its investment in ReViSalt GmbH. ReViSalt is a spin-off of the Institute for Glass and Glass Technology at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The founder team has extensive and industry-proven know-how on the complex mechanisms involved in tempering and strengthening glass. This know-how is now being brought to market in the form of special regeneration materials and a new process approach for chemical strengthen-ing. Both technologies are already being tested by well-known players in the glass industry. The TGFS funds and additional capital investments will be used to further expand the company and to build up production.

Chemically strengthened glass has several improved material properties compared to non-strengthened glass: it is more resistant to impact, bending and scratching and also has a higher thermal shock resistance. Conversely, this means that a glass product can be produced thinner and thus lighter with the same or higher strength values as a non-treated glass. This opens up new design and application possibilities, for example as a substitute for plastic, and also helps to reduce costs and emissions in production and transport.

Until now, however, chemical strengthening has been time-consuming and expensive. This is due in particular to the length of time required for the process and its complex mechanisms. For ex-ample, the glass products have to be kept in a special bath of molten salt for several hours for strengthening. However, this salt bath wears out after a few cycles and has to be replaced at great expense. For this reason, this process has so far been reserved for products in the high-price segment.

This is where ReViSalt comes in. With SaltClean, the company develops, produces, and sells appli-cation-specific, non-toxic and non-corrosive regeneration materials. These counteract salt bath degradation, and the salt needs to be replaced less frequently. The useable time of a salt bath can thus be doubled to quadrupled, depending on the application. “The regeneration of a salt bath saves resources, energy and costs – and not the least preserves the quality of the glass re-fined in this way. Our material is simply immersed in the salt bath like a tea bag and can then be removed completely. Another absolute bonus of SaltClean is that the used material can be com-pletely recycled”; says Dr.-Ing. Martin Gross, Co-Managing Director, summarizing the properties.

In addition, ReViSalt has developed a new process approach for chemical strengthening. The new approach accelerates the strengthening process and shortens the cycle time many times over. Combined, the two technologies represent a new stage in the development of chemical strength-ening. “With our technologies, chemical strengthening will become economically viable for a wide range of applications. New products and markets will emerge. The new process for the rapid strengthening of glass is superior to the old process and the state of the art in many aspects”; says Michael Heidan, Co-Managing Director, describing the potential.

“ReViSalt is rethinking a fundamentally well-known process and bringing its products to market at a time when a recycle economy and resource conservation are the guiding principles of a new way of doing business”; said Sören Schuster, managing director of TGFS, describing the new in-vestment. “The team impresses with its excellent technical and sales expertise. Within a short period of time, it has succeeded in establishing solid contacts and references as well as laying the foundations for their own production. We are very much looking forward to supporting the team in its further development”.

Your contact
Sören Schuster | Managing Director
+49 341 256963 30

Deal team TGFS
Birthe Roß and Fabian Schaile