Corning Announces Partial Reopening of Its Concord, N.C., Optical Fiber Manufacturing Facility
Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced plans to reopen a portion of its Concord, N.C., optical fiber manufacturing facility. As previously stated, the company expects it will take approximately six to nine months to restart fiber manufacturing. Production will be paced to meet market demand.
“The optical fiber market has witnessed volume growth of greater than 15 percent in each of the last two years,” said Eric S. Musser, vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Fiber. “Over 80 percent of worldwide fiber demand now comes from the access and metro segments, and we expect to see continued market growth. The partial start-up of our Concord facility will ensure that we have adequate capacity to capture this expanding market opportunity.”
Another factor in the decision to partially reopen Concord is the growth in demand for Corning semiconductor materials products. In addition to optical fiber, Corning also manufactures high-purity fused silica for semiconductor lithography applications at its Wilmington, N.C., facility. Corning’s semiconductor business is growing at double-digit rates, resulting in the need for increased specialty glass capacity in Wilmington. This demand has displaced some of Wilmington’s fiber making capacity.
“The manufacturing process at the Wilmington facility produces innovative specialty glass for challenging microlithography applications. The lithographic industry is expected to show continued growth with higher semiconductor content in consumer electronics,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager of Corning Specialty Materials.
About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.
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