When it comes to vacuums, most people do not think any further than the dust in their living rooms. Yet vacuum technology goes far beyond that. Modern touch screens, for example, depend on vacuum technology to work, and the specialist applications do not end there. In 2010, the SCHMID Group, a family-run company with 150 years of experience in inventing solutions for dynamic industries, established the subsidiary SCHMID Vacuum Technology GmbH to exploit the myriad possibilities presented by vacuums in advanced applications. Just two years later, the fledgling company chalked up orders worth 23 million EUR – not bad going for a relative newcomer to the industry.