It’s unusual for component makers to get almost the same recognition as the manufactures of devices, especially when it comes to the transparent display covering surface. With Corning, that’s different. The company is well-known for producing the toughened glass featured on thousands of different smartphones’ touch screens. Its product has been on iPhones since the very beginning and set the standard for hardness.
It’s been innovating glass-making technologies for a long time. Last year, it was the ultra-thin, flexible Willow glass. This year, it could be something even more incredible: 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass.
CORNING, N.Y., January 03, 2014 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced the manufacturing readiness of a novel 3D glass-forming technology to shape Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Corning is targeting commercialization of finished 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts in 2014 and is working with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC) to establish a vertically integrated operation in Taiwan.
Product design continues to drive the consumer electronics industry. More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves, and the demand for even more-dramatic form factors is increasing. Corning’s 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers.
3D-forming also allows the company to achieve very accurate tolerances in a manufacturing process that’s more economical than currently used methods.
If the iPhone does incorporate curved glass of any kind at some point in a future generation model, Corning is all good and ready for it.