Gorilla Glass Goes 3-D

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Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLWannounced on Friday that it’s ready to manufacture a 3-D version of its Gorilla Glass that can be formed into various shapes, paving the way for smartphone makers to embrace devices with curved screens while still using Corning’s extra-sturdy glass.

Corning is working with Taiwanese manufacturer G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. on the project and said it will have parts ready to be used commercially within the year. Corning said the development of curved Gorilla Glass was key as smartphone makers experiment with curved-screen devices.

“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,” the company noted in a press release.

“We can now take Gorilla Glass all the way from flat sheet to a finished 3D-shaped product in Asia, expediting turnaround times and minimizing logistical complexity,” James R. Steiner, Corning Specialty Materials’ senior vice president and general manager, said in the company’s announcement. “That’s a win for Corning and our customers.”

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