Accelerating a cleaner world

“We’re able to enjoy the world as we do today because, 50 years ago, Corning answered the call to help solve one of the world’s toughest challenges.” 
- Wendell P. Weeks, Corning Chairman and CEO

Corning Celebrates the Impact – and Continued Promise – of Its Environmental Technologies

Corning Celebrates the Impact – and Continued Promise – of Its Environmental Technologies

Long-time partner Ford Motor Company joined the materials-science innovator to commemorate 50 years of creating a cleaner world by reducing vehicle emissions

CORNING, N.Y. | Corning Incorporated | December 19, 2023

Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), one of the world’s leading innovators in glass and ceramic science, recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Environmental Technologies business. Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, joined Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell Weeks to mark five decades of impact on the automotive industry – and the world.

“We’re able to enjoy the world as we do today because, 50 years ago, Corning answered the call to help solve one of the world’s toughest challenges,” said Weeks. “Since then, our scientists have continued to improve upon our emissions control technologies, accelerating a cleaner world and a brighter future.”

Spurred by the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1970, Corning researchers rapidly developed the world’s first ceramic substrates that set the standard for catalytic converters worldwide and launched the global emissions control industry. Ford Motor Company was Corning’s first customer for these ceramic substrates.

“At Ford, we know that strategic partnerships have a foundation in innovation. Corning’s work in the field of clean air technology is one example of these special partnerships, and I’m so honored to recognize and thank them for what they’ve done. This type of innovation is good for people and the planet and helps bring us closer to creating positive impacts from transportation.”
– Jim Farley, Ford CEO

Over the past 50 years, Corning’s pioneering role in developing ceramic substrates and particulate filters for emissions control has helped drastically reduce vehicle-related pollution from cars, trucks, and equipment – contributing to significant improvements in air quality around the world. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these technologies have helped save hundreds of thousands of lives each year in the U.S. alone.

Emissions control technologies continue to play a vital role in Corning’s business portfolio and in the automotive industry’s ongoing efforts to reduce air pollution and combat climate change.

“To help put our impact into perspective, one truck in the 1980s had the same emissions footprint of 900 trucks made today,” said Weeks. “And in passenger vehicles, our innovations have helped reduce car emissions by more than 99 percent from where we started in 1973.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to clean air, Corning continues to evolve its portfolio of ceramic emissions control solutions to help make combustion engine vehicles and hybrids cleaner. Its latest innovation in clean-vehicle technology, DuraTrap® GC gasoline particulate filters, known as GPFs, were designed to help automakers effectively reduce fine and ultrafine particulate emissions from gasoline engines. The company recently sold its 50 millionth GPF, demonstrating the critical role innovations in emissions control and engineering continue to play in cleaner and safer transport.

Learn more about Corning’s clean air technologies here.

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Corning ( is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-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 its customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning’s markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display, automotive, solar, semiconductors, and life sciences.