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Corning Incorporated is an American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies including advanced optics, primarily for industrial and scientific applications. The company was named Corning Glass Works until 1989.[1] Corning divested its consumer product lines (including CorningWare and Visions Pyroceram-based cookware, Corelle Vitrelle tableware, and Pyrex glass bakeware) in 1998 by selling the Corning Consumer Products Company subsidiary (now known as Corelle Brands) to Borden, but still holds an interest of about 8 percent.

History[]

Corning Glass Works was founded in 1851 by Amory Houghton, in Somerville, Massachusetts, originally as the Bay State Glass Co. It later moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, and operated as the Brooklyn Flint Glass Works. The company moved again to its ultimate home and namesake, the city of Corning, New York, in 1868 under leadership of the founder's son, Amory Houghton, Jr.

In 1908, the firm established one of the first industrial research labs in Corning, New York, where it is presently headquartered. It continues to the research and development facility, as well as operations associated with catalytic converters and diesel engine filter product lines. Corning has a long history of community development and has assured community leaders that it intends to remain headquartered in its small upstate New York hometown.[2]

As of 2014, Corning had five major business sectors: display technologies, environmental technologies, life sciences, optical communications, and specialty materials. Corning is involved in two joint ventures: Dow Corning and Pittsburgh Corning. Quest Diagnostics and Covance were spun off from Corning in 1996.[3]

Apple and Corning[]

After Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone in January 2007, he complained to VP of operations Jeff Williams about the scratches that had already developed on the plastic screen of the prototype and said, "We need glass." Two days later, Corning CEO Wendell Weeks contacted Williams to tell him: "Hey, your boss called and said my glass sucks." Apple and Corning then scrambled to develop a manufacturing process for a new type of chemically strengthened glass that Corning had been researching. By late June, the iPhones began shipping with the glass screens which later became known as Gorilla Glass.[4][5]

Corning develops and manufactures Gorilla Glass for many other smartphone makers, making it one of the world's biggest glassmakers.[6] Corning won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation four times for its product and process innovations.[7][8][9][10]

In October 2020, Apple introduced Ceramic Shield for the screens of iPhone 12 models that were advertised to have 4 times improved drop performance over previous versions.[11] According to Corning, Ceramic Shield consists of colorless ceramic nano crystals embedded in the glass matrix.[12] It is believed to be stronger than Gorilla Glass Victus, which is reinforced with aluminum silicate.[11][13]

References[]

  1. Corning, Form S-3/A, Filing Date Jan 18, 1994. secdatabase.com. Archived from the original on May 24, 2013. Retrieved on March 28, 2013.
  2. Corning Chairman Emphasizes Sustainable Performance and "Unwavering" Commitment to Innovation. Corning.com (April 24, 2008). Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  3. Corning, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Jan 13, 1997. secdatabase.com. Archived from the original on May 24, 2013. Retrieved on March 28, 2013.
  4. What happened to the original iPhone’s plastic screen? by Thomas Ricker, The Verge. 2019-07-09.
  5. Aamoth, Doug. A Story About Steve Jobs, Steel Balls and Gorilla Glass (You, with the Cracked Phone: Read This). Archived from the original on April 24, 2017.
  6. "One of the world's oldest products faces the digital future", The Economist, October 12, 2017. 
  7. 1986 Laureates- National Medal of Technology and Innovation. USPTO.gov. Archived from the original on October 6, 2016. Retrieved on September 24, 2016.
  8. 1994 Laureates- National Medal of Technology and Innovation. USPTO.gov. Archived from the original on October 6, 2016. Retrieved on September 24, 2016.
  9. 2000 Laureates- National Medal of Technology and Innovation. USPTO.gov. Archived from the original on December 24, 2016. Retrieved on September 24, 2016.
  10. 2003 Laureates- National Medal of Technology and Innovation. USPTO.gov. Archived from the original on October 6, 2016. Retrieved on September 24, 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 iPhone 12's display is protected by 'ceramic shield' glass by Sean Keane, CNET. 2020-10-13.
  12. iPhone 12 Comes with Ceramic Shield Cover Glass, Offers 4x Better Drop Performance by Asif Shaik, iPhone Hacks. 2020-10-13.
  13. Apple Launches iPhone 12 with Some Surprises by Ross Young, Display Supply Chain. 2020-10-16.

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