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              1. 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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