Corning Expanding High-Purity Fused Silica Finishing Capabilities in Asia
Corning Inc. recently announced progress toward broadening its HPFS® fused silica glass supply capabilities and services to meet growing demand. The market for fused silica glasses has been primarily driven by semiconductor manufacturing and inspection equipment. Increasingly though, advanced materials are penetrating other applications where high-quality transmissive optics are required. Those applications include consumer electronics, energy research, laser optics, debris shields, glass wafers for use in filters, sensing and packaging, advanced integrated optical systems, and high-quality optical windows, spanning from the deep ultraviolet through the infrared region.
Utilizing existing facilities, Corning reportedly will continue to grow its footprint in Asia for Corning HPFS fused silica glasses to meet the optical industry demands for supply chain support from both Asia-based customers and from customers whose supply chains are based in Asia. Corning has started to sell larger pieces of bulk material as well as smaller, more value-added pieces such as rods, smaller wafers, and lenses. Corning has also recently started offering other services such as polishing, coating, and supply-chain management.
“We’ve identified real product and service opportunities where we can add value to our customers beyond the supply of materials,” said David Velasquez, commercial director. “Leveraging the experience and infrastructure of our existing finishing businesses, we’ve already started growing our HPFS® fused silica business in Asia by targeting a broad suite of products, shapes, sizes, and advanced finishing services.”
Corning recently displayed its HPFS® fused silica glasses and other Corning Advanced Optics innovations at the Photonics West Conference in San Francisco, Calif. The company will provide further detail on the progress of its expansion of high-purity fused silica finishing capabilities in Asia at the 2016 China International Optoelectronic Conference (CIOE) conference, which will be held September 6-9 in Shenzhen.
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