If the name Corning rings a bell, the tune would most likely be one coming from a smart phone. The American company is known for its Gorilla Glass product, which is basically a very robust yet thin type of sheet glass currently used as the screen cover glass for many smart phones, laptops, and tablets. Its uses may soon be branching out into the automotive sector, however: the company has just announced a partnership with car maker Hyundai for a concept car currently being developed, which shall be using Corning’s Gorilla Glass for its auto glass.
The concept car is being called Blue2, and plans for its development and the direction the company was going to be taking with it were announced during the recent Seoul International Motor Show for 2011. The automotive manufacturer announced that the Blue2 car would be a state-of-the-art car with a specific focus on eco-friendly design and materials, stating that all materials to be used in the car would be selected with a view not only to utility but also environmental conscientiousness. Among the design details released was the plan to work with Corning for the development of the new car’s auto glass.
Apparently, the Blue2 concept car is going to have its centre and cluster fascia incorporated into a single piece, and advanced graphic information is going to be provided by a TOLED monitor. TOLED stands for Transparent Organic Light Emitting Diode, a type of technology used for many handheld device screens at the moment, and this screen is going to be encased in the lightweight, very robust Corning Gorilla Glass.
The Blue2 car is in keeping with Hyundai’s new slogan: New Thinking, New Possibilities. The emphasis is on advancement of automotive technologies without the usual attendant price of environmental degradation and injury. Observers say that the addition of as well-loved and proven a product as Corning’s Gorilla Glass to its material line-up is a wise one for the auto maker.
This is just Corning’s first entry into the auto glass and automotive parts market, and people are already predicting further activities soon to come for the company. This is probably not unexpected. Corning has an illustrious history in its field and is also easily one of the most successful companies when it comes to weathering time with elegance. While we might know it now for its Gorilla Glass displays, people in past knew it for other, equally important inventions. For example, Corning is also the company that made the glass that went into Thomas Edison’s light bulb. It is also the same company that produced the Vycor, Pyrex, and Corelle product lines. Finally, Corning was also one of the first and most important producers of the glass funnels and parts that went into TV tubes.