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

                      Improving our world through glass and materials science since 1851

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                      Optical Communications

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                      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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