Corning Announces the First Smartphone Using Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass

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Corning Announces the First Smartphone Using Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass

First Smartphone Using Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass

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Corning Announces the First Smartphone Using Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Corning Announces the First Smartphone Using Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass
CORNING, N.Y. | Corning Incorporated | July 21, 2015
Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass helps protect the ZTE AXON’s 5.5-inch touchscreen from damage as well as odor and stain causing bacteria

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced that ZTE Corporation has chosen Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass for its newest flagship smartphone in China, the ZTE AXON.

“With the rise of touch technology and our constant interaction with people and public surfaces, the microbes on our smartphones are not our own,” said Dr. Joydeep Lahiri, division vice president and program director, Specialty Surfaces, Corning Incorporated. “We developed Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass to address this concern and are excited to see this technology enter the consumer electronics space with the launch of the ZTE AXON.”

Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass is the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass. It combines the renowned benefits of Corning Gorilla Glass technology, including durability, scratch resistance and toughness, with a built-in antimicrobial property to last the lifetime of the display cover glass.

"We are delighted to work with Corning to offer the first smartphone with Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass,” said Dr. Ji Zhongwei, chief technology officer of ZTE Mobile Devices and vice president of ZTE Corporation. “The AXON phone is our flagship device and incorporates the latest innovations in smartphone hardware and software in a stylish package that we believe will have outstanding customer appeal.”

Corning Gorilla Glass is the world leader in damage-resistant cover glass. Since its launch in 2007, Corning Gorilla Glass has been featured in nearly 4 billion devices worldwide on more than 1,550 product models across 40 major brands. Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass is the same product with added antimicrobial properties. For more information on Corning Gorilla Glass, visit the website.


Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass is formulated with antimicrobial properties to help protect touch surfaces from stain and odor-causing bacteria. Corning makes no direct or implied claims to protecting users or providing other health benefits.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

About ZTE

ZTE Corporation is a globally-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. With operations in 160 countries, the company is a leader in technology innovation, delivering superior products and business solutions to clients all over the world. Founded in 1985, ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges and is China’s largest listed telecoms equipment company.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning ( is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.