Corning Inc. (GLW:US) has a manufacturing process ready to begin molding its shatter-resistant smartphone glass covers into three-dimensional shapes, giving device makers new options for designing their products.
Corning, which counts top sellers Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. among its Gorilla Glass customers, is working with Taiwan-based G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. on 3-D manufacturing, according to a statement today. The technology will make the thickness of Gorilla Glass uniform even when it’s molded into different shapes, Corning said.
Smartphone makers are pushing Corning and other suppliers for more flexible parts so they can go beyond their commonplace slab-shaped devices. Corning, the 163-year-old glassmaker, depends on display technology, which makes up about a third of sales and the majority of its profits.
The company, based in Corning, New York, said it continues to expect 3-D Gorilla Glass sales to begin this year.
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