Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that it received a 2020 Supplier Award from Groupe Renault (EPA: RNO) at the company’s 15th annual supplier award ceremony. Corning was recognized in the “Best Innovation” category for the company’s latest generation of Corning® FLORA® substrates, a ceramic substrate designed to enhance catalytic converter performance and reduce vehicle emissions at engine start.
In new gasoline vehicles, the majority of regulated emissions occur from “cold starts” – the seconds between engine start and the warming of the catalytic converter when it can effectively begin treating gaseous exhaust emissions. The innovative material microstructure of FLORA substrates significantly reduces the component’s mass, warming more quickly and allowing catalytic activity to start sooner. Altogether, these features contribute to reduced emissions, better fuel efficiency, and optimized system costs from reduced platinum group metals (PGM) catalysts.
“The high-porosity and low thermal energy [of FLORA substrates] allows the reduction of tailpipe emissions at cold start due to faster light-off. …The first [Renault] application will be on our new gasoline engine that will be introduced on the next generation of Kadjar. …We have a long history with Corning and are very happy to reward them today,” said Gilles Le Borgne, EVP Engineering, Groupe Renault, at the Nov. 5 virtual ceremony.
“We at Corning have really enjoyed working closely with Renault’s innovative technical team. We have been a Renault supplier for decades, but this joint product effort created a win-win for both companies, providing Renault with system performance and cost advantages,” said Willard Cutler, division vice president and commercial technology director, Corning Environmental Technologies, who accepted the award. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Renault in the years to come.”
From its network of more than 13,000 suppliers, Groupe Renault awarded 15 companies across the five award categories of Design, Quality & Customer Satisfaction, Sustainable Purchasing, Best Innovation, and Best Service to Manufacturing. Awards were presented by members of the Groupe Renault Executive Committee.
Corning has more than 100 years of experience in the automotive industry, helping drive the trend toward cleaner, safer, and more connected vehicles. Building on almost five decades of leadership in clean-air technologies, Corning continually innovates its advanced cellular ceramic substrates and ceramic particulate filters for gasoline and diesel emissions control, helping customers meet new emissions standards and enabling cleaner air worldwide. Corning is also enhancing vehicle exteriors and interiors with technical glass innovations that can enable sophisticated in-vehicle display designs and lightweight, damage-resistant windows.
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Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 169-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, automotive, and life sciences.