Ceramic Industry

Corning Celebrates Grand Opening, Anniversary

September 22, 2011

Corning Inc. recently hosted a ceremony to recognize two of its emissions control facilities in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Company leadership, local government officials and customers gathered at the Corning Kaiserslautern Diesel Manufacturing Facility to celebrate its grand opening. The 25th anniversary of the Kaiserslautern Main Plant was also commemorated.

The Corning Kaiserslautern Diesel Manufacturing Facility manufactures Corning DuraTrap® AT filters for light-duty diesel applications. The plant began shipping product to customers in Europe and around the world in the third quarter of this year.

The grand opening occurs one year after the company announced a $44 million investment to build the state-of-the-art facility, which is located near customers in Europe. The location reportedly provides customers with significant advantages, including shorter delivery times, reduced inventory costs, lower transportation costs, and improved service.

Corning also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Kaiserslautern Main Plant, which manufactures advanced substrates for light-duty vehicles. The company broke ground on the facility in 1985 and began shipping products a year later. Since then, Corning has continued to invest in the facility, its employees and the business.

“Today’s event underscores Corning’s ongoing commitment to providing leading-edge emissions-control products to our customers around the world,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman and CEO. “Corning has a long history of creating clean-air solutions, including 25 years of manufacturing here in Kaiserslautern to meet the needs of our European customers. As the automotive market grows and global regulations tighten, we continue to respond with innovations that enable Corning to capture strategic growth opportunities while helping solve some of our customers’ most difficult problems.”

For more information, visit www.corning.com.