Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) announced today it will not attend the 2020 Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC) March 10-12 in San Diego, California, as a precautionary measure for its employees and customers amid the spread of COVID-19, known as the coronavirus.
“The safety and health of our customers, our employees and their families is of utmost importance to us,” said Dr. Bernhard Deutsch, vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. “We appreciate the steps being taken by OFC organizers for the safety of conference attendees. However, given the continuing spread of the virus in multiple locations around the world, we believe withdrawing from this year’s conference is the best course of action. We made this difficult decision after close consultation with our medical and security teams. We value our long-standing collaborative relationship with The Optical Society, and look forward to participating in OFC conferences for a long time to come.”
Corning’s smaller and denser fiber and cable innovations, originally scheduled to be introduced at the conference, will be announced soon. Corning will also announce details of its plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the invention of the first low-loss optical fiber by three Corning scientists.
Corning’s sponsorship of awards and grants connected with the conference will remain in place. These include the John Tyndall Award, the Corning Women in Optical Communications Travel Grant, and the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition.
In accordance with guidance provided by the SEC regarding the use of company websites and social media channels to disclose material information, Corning Incorporated (“Corning”) wishes to notify investors, media, and other interested parties that it uses its website (http://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/about-us/news-events.html) to publish important information about the company, including information that may be deemed material to investors, or supplemental to information contained in this or other press releases. The list of websites and social media channels that the company uses may be updated on Corning’s media and website from time to time. Corning encourages investors, media, and other interested parties to review the information Corning may publish through its website and social media channels as described above, in addition to the company’s SEC filings, press releases, conference calls, and webcasts.
About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.
Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life sciences vessels. Corning's industry-leading products include damage-resistant cover glass for mobile devices; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks; trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery; and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks.