Corning to Expand Light-Duty Diesel Capacity in
Company keeping pace with growth in clean diesel products
August 26, 2010 08:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time
CORNING, N.Y.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) has approved a capital
investment plan to increase the company’s light-duty filter capacity in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The $44 million
investment will be part of Corning’s previously announced 2010-2011 capital expenditures. This expansion, which is
expected to begin early production in the second half of 2011, will increase the company’s capacity to manufacture
current and future generations of light-duty diesel DuraTrap® AT filters.
“Tighter emissions regulations continue to drive demand for diesel emissions control systems,” said Thomas R.
Hinman, senior vice president of Corning Environmental Technologies. “Currently, more than 50 percent of the
passenger cars in Europe are diesel. By 2011, all diesel passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will be
equipped with a filter. By expanding our light-duty diesel capabilities, we will be better positioned to meet increased
demand from customers in Europe and around the world.”
In addition, the company recently announced it will expand its Corning Shanghai Company Limited automotive
substrate facility. This expansion is expected to be operational in the second half of 2012. The Shanghai investment is
part of the company’s previously announced 2011 capital expenditures.
Corning diesel filters are used in emission control systems to remove particulate matter (soot) from vehicle exhaust.
These wall-flow filters collect soot particles using a cellular ceramic structure with alternating channels open at the
inlet and plugged on the outlet of the filter. Periodically the filter is regenerated to consume the soot and clean the
Corning is a leading supplier of advanced cellular ceramic substrates and diesel particulate filters for the world's
major manufacturers of gasoline and diesel engines. T