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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