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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            Creating richer entertainment experiences through display glass innovation

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