CEO Wendell Weeks presents lessons from decades of co-innovation experience
Corning and Pfizer affirm continued commitment to Corning Valor® Glass
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – There’s an art and a method to Corning’s innovation alongside companies like Apple, Samsung, Ford, Verizon, Sharp – and most recently Merck and Pfizer. Wendell P. Weeks, chief executive officer of Corning, shared extensive insights about the drivers behind the company’s 167 years of successful collaboration, focusing on the development of revolutionary pharmaceutical packaging Corning Valor® Glass.
“What all of these had in common was a deep customer-supplier partnership aimed at a step change in performance and life-changing innovation,” Wendell said of the innovation examples in Corning’s portfolio.
Pfizer’s Ron Perry, vice president and site leader for Kalamazoo, joined Wendell for a discussion during this keynote presentation at DCAT Sharp Sourcing on June 26, offering his perspective on the collaboration and affirming commitment to Valor Glass.
Wendell began with an overview of Corning’s long track record of successful collaboration, which starts deep in the company’s history. In 1879, Corning worked with Thomas Edison on glass for incandescent light bulbs and a ribbon machine that could produce 2,000 of them per minute. That same type of machine has made every incandescent bulb since then. Fast forward to the present, and recent highlights from Corning’s strategic collaborations include Apple’s $200 million investment in Corning’s Harrodsburg, Kentucky, facility; Verizon’s $1.05 billion purchase agreement to build a 5G-ready network with Corning fiber; and the announcement of Corning Valor® Glass at the White House with Merck and Pfizer.
“All were made possible by a customer who wanted to change the world,” Wendell said. “We helped enable their vision.”