Case Study 2
Corning Incorporated, the world’s leader in special glass and ceramics, develops and manufactures components of high-technology systems for consumer electronics, telecommunications and life sciences. It works closely with its clients to convert ideas into products and make technological strides. Corning’s engineers and experts, and their counter- parts at the firm’s corporate clients, jointly develop the best solutions on a case-by-case basis.
A collaboration between Corning and Sharp has enabled manufacturing of larger, more environmen- tally-sound LCD screens that meet the demands of today’s consumers. The same technology that has made the larger sizes possible also obviates use of toxic arsenic compounds, previously used to elimi- nate bubbles on screens.
Corning has also teamed up with Volkswagen to produce filters to make Volkswagen’s diesel cars run cleaner. Instead of simply following the competition by using silicon carbide, they developed an innova- tive material called aluminum titanate. Thanks to this alliance, Volkswagen has maintained its position as world leader in the diesel automobile market.
The telecommunications and entertainment provider Verizon has worked with Corning to deliver fiber- optic Internet service to densely populated housing blocks, which account for 25 million households in the USA. The long, complicated paths used with tra- ditional copper cables in these areas are not ame- nable to fiber-optics, as they lead to gradual signal loss. Thus, the two firms have designed a more-flex- ible, robust and compact fiber-optic cable whose core is surrounded by an innovative nano-structure ring that prevents light from escaping.
Johns Hopkins University has aligned itself with Corning in the area of drug discovery. The fruits of this collaboration include a high-performance tech- nology for detecting both biochemical and cellular interactions without the need for traditional labels (fluorescent or radioactive compounds), which sometimes generate confusing results.