Since its launch in 2006, Corning® EAGLE XG® Glass has helped make tablets, slim computers and televisions ubiquitous in our world today. It has also eliminated the equivalent of more than 6,000 truckloads of heavy metals from use in consumer electronics products.
The EAGLE XG glass story began in the mid-1990s, when Corning –amid growing environmental consciousness by customers and governments– took steps to reduce potentially objectionable materials in its LCD glass. The task was formidable.
Arsenic in small amounts was common in glassmaking as a “fining agent” –meaning it helped remove small bubbles and blisters from the glass stream. To eliminate arsenic –and still produce defect-free glass– Corning had to completely reengineer the glass composition.