Corning Invests in U.S. Manufacturing
Company expanding Kentucky facility to support Gorilla® glass growth
August 03, 2010 08:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time
CORNING, N.Y.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced that
its board of directors recently approved a capital expenditure of approximately $180 million to expand the
company’s Harrodsburg, Ky., manufacturing facility. The expansion will provide additional capacity for Corning’s
surging Gorilla® glass business and entry into the growing thin-film photovoltaic glass market.
“Growing demand for Gorilla glass is quickly consuming our available capacity,” James P. Clappin, president,
Corning’s Precision Glass businesses, said. “We are on track to reach sales in excess of $250 million this year and
sales could approach the $1 billion mark in 2011. We are making Gorilla glass manufacturing and technology
investments today to meet the growing market need of the future,” he said.
Gorilla glass is currently used or designed into more than 200 mobile devices and is planned for about 100 others.
Gorilla glass is an ideal cover glass for smart phones, which today represent almost 60 percent of the global mobile
phone market. “Gorilla glass is also an appealing solution for the emerging slate computing environment. It is highly
damage-resistant and scratch-resistant. The optical quality and elegance of Gorilla glass also makes it a superb cover
glass for the thin, edge-to-edge design of LCD televisions,” Clappin said.
Glass for thin-film photovoltaics
Corning also will build capacity in its Harrodsburg facility to begin producing specialty glass for thin-film
photovoltaics. The company will use its proprietary fusion manufacturing process to produce the thin-film
photovoltaic glass. Corning’s new specialty thin glass can greatly improve the solar module’s energy conversion
efficiency and reduce weight while maintaining product strength and long-term reliability.
“Thin-film photovoltaic technology is a ra