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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
        Display

        Creating richer entertainment experiences through display glass innovation

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        Automotive
        Automotive

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

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        Life Sciences Vessels
        Life Sciences Vessels

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

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