Life-changing Innovations

Corning: Life-changing Innovations

From the glass bulbs for Thomas Edison’s electric light to ceramic particulate filters. A 168-year track record. Now technology company Corning has been honored with the Daimler Supplier Award.

Have you ever met Mr. or Mrs. Corning? Certainly not! Because Corning did not get its company name from a particular person, but from its eponymous headquarters’ city in the US state of New York. In 1851 merchant Amory Houghton Sr. opened a small glass company in Somerville, Massachusetts. Recognizing the value of glass as a building material and in a quest to improve access to raw materials and transportation, the company relocated briefly to Brooklyn and then finally to Corning, New York. Since then, the city has changed massively, moving away from agriculture towards a center of glass innovation. Known for more than 100 years as Corning Glass Works, the company was ultimately renamed Corning Incorporated to reflect its high-tech focus and global reach.

Glas for Thomas Edison
1879: Corning helps make electric light a reality. (Photo Courtesy of Corning, Inc.)

Corning has a long track record of life-changing innovations including the ribbon machine to mass produce glass bulbs for Thomas Edison’s electric light, cathode ray tubes, which helped put TVs into living rooms across the world and the tough, thin Corning Gorilla Glass that has been designed into more than 7 billion mobile devices and probably in your pocket right now. Very important for the automotive industry: Corning invented a cellular ceramic substrate in the early 1970s to help address automaker challenges meeting new emissions requirements from the US Clean Air Act. That technology is now the standard for catalytic converters worldwide and Corning has sold over 1.8 billion cellular ceramic substrates globally to date.

Corning has been working with Daimler AG for more than 35 years, initially supplying ceramic emissions control solutions for passenger cars and, beginning in 2005, for commercial vehicles as well. In recent years, Corning developed several new products in partnership with Daimler to address tightening regulations in gaseous and particulate emissions, including large-diameter thin wall substrates and particulate filters for diesel and gasoline vehicles.

Corning: Gasoline particulate filters
2016: Corning DuraTrap GC gasoline particulate filters (Photo Courtesy of Corning, Inc.)

Earlier this year, Corning was honored with Daimler Supplier Award of Mercedes-Benz cars in the category “Partnership” in recognition of the company’s close and exemplary collaboration and offering extraordinary support with next-generation gasoline particulate filters for high-performance emissions control. “It is an honor to receive Daimler’s most prestigious supplier recognition as a reflection of our longstanding and productive relationship,” said Klaus Wellstein, General Manager, Corning GmbH. “Daimler’s focus on innovation and premium quality across all its vehicle platforms creates demanding specifications and fits perfectly with Corning’s goal to partner with customers to solve their toughest technology challenges.”

Daimler Supplier Award for Corning
Klaus Wellstein, General Manager, Corning GmbH with Daimler Supplier Award.

With a 168-year track record of life-changing inventions, Corning applies its expertise in glass science, ceramic science and optical physics to diverse and dynamic industries such as  telecommunications and consumer electronics. Beyond emissions control in the automotive industry, the technology company’s glass science expertise provides a sneak peek at futuristic automotive trends: pillar-to-pillar dashboard displays and sleek glass-covered center consoles. And what about Mr. and Mrs. Corning? Still not in sight.

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Jul 23, 2019
Rasmus Muttscheller