CORNING, N.Y. — Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that, with the support of the Hefei government, it will invest in a new production facility for its Environmental Technologies division in the Hefei Xinzhan Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in the Anhui Province, China.
The facility will produce substrates and particulate filters for mobile emissions control, with initial production focused on its gasoline particulate filter (GPF) product line, Corning® DuraTrap® GC filters. Flexible and scalable, the new facility has potential to meet future market demand for emissions control beyond GPF. Groundbreaking will be in July this year with construction completed and process equipment installed in 2018.
“Investing in Hefei will help us meet growing demand for gasoline particulate filters in China and better serve our customers throughout the region,” Hal Nelson, vice president and general manager, Corning Environmental Technologies, said at a special signing ceremony in Hefei.
GPFs are critical components in helping local Chinese and global automakers meet the recently finalized China 6 light-duty vehicle emission standards, which are scheduled to be implemented in July 2020.
These standards establish more stringent emissions limits and address particulates released by all gasoline engine vehicles, including increasingly popular gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines, which enable better fuel economy without sacrificing engine performance. Gasoline engines overall produce a high number of fine particulates, such as PM2.5, that impact air quality and have been linked to negative health effects.
Corning is advancing clean-gasoline design with its range of DuraTrap® GC filters. These filters feature a new, cordierite-based material composition with an innovative engineered ceramic microstructure designed to trap fine particulates, while maintaining engine performance with low engine back pressure.
The new facility will be Corning’s second Environmental Technologies production facility in China. Corning also operates a facility in Shanghai, Corning (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (CSCL), which is logistically well-connected to Hefei. CSCL has been at the forefront of meeting the Chinese market’s demand for light-duty substrates and filters since operations began in 2001. The facility has evolved to keep pace with the growing needs of the Chinese market and is currently undergoing an expansion as part of the first phase of investment in China for DuraTrap® GC filter production. That expansion is on track for completion in early 2018.
“Corning has been committed to the Chinese industry since we first entered the China market in the early 1980s,” said Li Fang, president and general manager of Corning Greater China. “This investment is the latest milestone in Corning’s longstanding support of China’s environmental objectives and its automotive industry.”
Corning is a leading supplier of advanced cellular ceramic substrates and particulate filters for the world's major manufacturers of gasoline and diesel vehicles. The company invented an economical, high-performance, cellular ceramic substrate in the early 1970s that is now the standard for catalytic converters worldwide. In 1978, Corning developed the cellular ceramic particulate filter to remove soot from diesel emissions. Corning continues to leverage its expertise in material science and manufacturing to develop market-leading emissions control solutions that help our customers meet new emission standards and enable cleaner air worldwide.
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Corning (www.corning.com) 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.