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      Life-Changing Innovation at Corning

      Life-Changing Innovation at Corning

      Overview

      For more than 165 years, Corning has been solving tough problems and improving people’s lives with glass and materials science.

      Our innovations have made the air cleaner, helped information travel faster, enabled new discoveries in science and medicine, and transformed the way we interact with our environment … and each other.

      Here is our story.

      1851
      1851

      1851

      BUILDING BLOCKS

      Recognizing the value of glass as a building material, merchant Amory Houghton Sr. opens a small glass company, laying the foundation for Corning Incorporated.

      1877

      1877

      CLEAR SIGNALS

      Corning improves railroad safety by designing a revolutionary lens for signal lanterns. Corning follows that innovation with colored lenses that increase visibility and low-expansion glass that resists shattering.

      1879
      1879

      1879

      LIGHTING THE WAY

      Corning helps make electric light a reality by developing a glass encasement for Thomas Edison’s carbon filament. Corning later invents an economical way to mass-produce the bulbs, making them affordable for the general population.

      1915

      1915

      COOKING UP INNOVATION

      An unconventional experiment results in Corning’s development of PYREX? glass, creating a successful line of highly durable cookware and industry-leading laboratory products.

      1932
      1932

      1932

      MULTI-TASKER

      Corning’s willingness to let scientists “tinker” in the labs pays off with the discovery of high-purity fused silica, the foundation of numerous innovations from telescope mirrors to 3D sensing components in mobile phones.

      1934
      1934

      1934

      SYNTHETIC WONDER

      Corning synthesizes the first silicone resins and creates a new category of materials with broad applications, including adhesives, sealants, and lubricants.

      1935

      1935

      GALAXY GAZER

      Corning produces the world’s largest piece of glass to date for the groundbreaking Hale Telescope. The 200-inch mirror helps astronomers determine that the universe is made of billions of galaxies.

      1939
      1939

      1939

      PICTURE THIS

      Corning’s 9-inch circular cathode ray tube goes on display at the World’s Fair in New York City as part of RCA’s futuristic demonstration of television. Within the decade, Corning invents a process to mass-produce TV picture tubes, helping to make televisions affordable for millions.

      1952
      1952

      1952

      GOING TO EXTREMES

      A combination of scientific rigor and serendipity leads to Corning’s development of glass ceramics. Marketed as CorningWare?, the revolutionary new material withstands extreme temperature changes and drops.

      1961
      1961

      1961

      SHOOTING FOR THE STARS

      Corning helps propel the first Americans safely into space by supplying heat-resistant windows for Project Mercury. Corning goes on to create window glass for every manned American spacecraft and the International Space Station.

      1964

      1964

      INNOVATION OVERFLOW

      With the development of the fusion overflow process, Corning scientists are able to manufacture exceptionally flat glass with unparalleled surface quality.

      1970

      1970

      COMMUNICATION AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT

      Corning invents the first low-loss optical fiber and ushers in a communications revolution.

      1972

      1972

      POLLUTION SOLUTION

      Corning helps automakers comply with the Clean Air Act’s tough new emissions regulations by inventing the cellular ceramic substrate that enables catalytic converters.

      1982
      1982

      1982

      INNOVATION ON DISPLAY

      Corning’s new glass compositions and fusion process help fuel the development of the liquid crystal display market. Corning LCD glass is extraordinarily precise, thin, flat, and stable – great for applications like laptops and TVs.

      2000

      2000

      BIGGER AND BETTER

      Corning develops an extremely low-density glass composition that takes LCDs to places previously unimagined. Combining exceptionally light weight with high resolution, the EAGLE glass product line helps drive the proliferation of LCD TVs.

      2004

      2004

      ACCESS ON TAP

      Corning simplifies fiber-to-the-home installations with the introduction of OptiTap? connectors, laying the foundation for the Internet of Things.

      2007

      2007

      TOUGH, YET BEAUTIFUL

      Beauty meets durability in Corning’s revolutionary new cover glass for mobile devices. Thin, damage-resistant Gorilla? Glass enables sleek designs that are better able to survive drops and bumps.

      2007

      2007

      BENDING THE RULES

      Corning introduces ClearCurve?, an industry-changing fiber that can bend at 90-degree angles with minimal signal loss, enabling optical connections in challenging environments.

      2007
      2007

      2007

      CELL BOOSTER

      Corning's HYPER technology products help drug developers and producers increase their productivity by allowing them to grow large quantities of adherent cells in a compact space.

      2012
      2012

      2012

      MIND-BENDING POSSIBILITIES

      Corning develops a glass that’s ultrathin, lightweight, and flexible. Slimmer than a dollar bill, Willow? Glass enables new applications in electronics and architecture.

      2013
      2013

      2013

      MICROBE MANAGER

      Corning creates the world’s first antimicrobial cover glass, opening new possibilities for glass surfaces in a variety of microbe-sensitive environments.

      2013

      2013

      ONE FOR ALL

      Corning enables reliable connections in dense environments like hotels and convention centers with the Optical Network Evolution, a fiber-based network that delivers future-ready connectivity for wireline, wireless, and cellular applications in a single, simplified infrastructure.

      2015
      2015

      2015

      READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP

      Corning supplies high precision mirrors for NASA’s New Horizons mission that help capture the first-ever detailed images of Pluto.

      2015
      2015

      2015

      DRIVING INNOVATION

      Corning transforms the driving experience with Gorilla Glass for Automotive, which enables lightweight, damage-resistant windows and beautiful interior displays featuring smartphone sophistication.

      2015

      2015

      SHEDDING THE BULK

      Featuring high transmission and outstanding dimensional stability, Corning Iris? Glass enables manufacturers to produce TVs and monitors as slim as smartphones.

      2016

      2016

      BREATHE EASIER

      Corning introduces a range of gasoline particulate filters to reduce emissions from gasoline-powered passenger vehicles. Corning? DuraTrap? GC filters help automakers meet tighter air-quality standards without sacrificing engine performance and fuel efficiency.

      2016

      2016

      TOUGH WEARS WELL

      As smartwatches and fitness trackers ignite the tech market, Corning creates Gorilla? Glass SR+ to arm wearable technologies with exceptional scratch resistance.

      2017
      2017

      2017

      CARE PACKAGE

      Corning develops revolutionary pharmaceutical glass packaging. Valor? Glass helps protect patients and improve pharmaceutical manufacturing by dramatically reducing particle contamination, breaks, and cracks.

      today

      At Corning, we are committed to life-changing innovation.

      Our track record is long, but our vision is infinite.

      We’ll keep solving tough problems. We’ll keep transforming industries. We’ll keep enhancing people’s lives.

      We’ve been at it since 1851 … and we’re just getting started.

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      History & Innovation
      History & Innovation

      Improving our world through glass and materials science since 1851

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      Optical Communications
      Optical Communications

      Transforming the way the world connects

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      Mobile Consumer Electronics
      Mobile Consumer Electronics

      Innovating the next generation of thin, tough glass for mobile devices

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      Display

      Creating richer entertainment experiences through display glass innovation

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      Automotive

      Helping to drive the trend toward cleaner, safer, more connected vehicles

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      Life Sciences Vessels

      Delivering solutions that enable life-changing, life-saving medicine

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