This plan is consistent with the company's goals for growth through innovation from a broadened portfolio of research and development opportunities.
The expansion plan at Corning's world-leading research center includes significant renovation of an existing research and development building and construction of a new facility. Results are expected to include increased operational efficiency, flexibility, space utilization and energy efficiency. All phases of this project are expected to be completed by 2013, with expenditures phased over the course of this six-year period.
"We have set some aggressive goals for accelerated innovation at Corning, including an anticipated doubling of new-business-generating technologies per decade. Ensuring that we have modern, flexible laboratory space conducive to the development of a healthy pipeline of innovative technologies across diverse fields is critical to our success," said Dr. Joseph A. Miller, executive vice president and chief technology officer.
Corning's deep knowledge in materials science and process engineering has been focused on high-technology system components for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. "Reaching beyond these near-term growth areas, we have multiple emerging technologies that have the potential to provide Corning with its next wave of growth," Miller noted.
A few of these promising technologies in early-stage development at Corning include: microreactors for the manufacture of high-value specialty, fine, and pharmaceutical chemicals; silicon-on-glass technology, which is focused on enabling display glass to be transformed into an "engineered substrate" for advanced electronic applications; and synthetic green lasers to enable ultra-compact and ultra-efficient projection capabilities for mobile consumer electronic devices.
"Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of research and development at Corning," Wendell P. Weeks, chief executive officer, added. "As we celebrate a century of achievements made possible through a sustained commitment to research, we embrace the challenges ahead. We will continue to make the necessary investments in research and development that will lead to the next generations of growth and long-term success at Corning."
Assistance for this expansion project has been offered by the Empire State Development Corporation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and the New York State Department of Transportation in the forms of: a $1.5 million capital grant; up to $1.5 million in project funding; and up to $750,000 in Industrial Access Program funding, respectively. The Industrial Access Program funding is to be applied for by the town or county.