Corning Introduces Fibrance™ Light-Diffusing Fiber

New fiber technology enables thin, colorful, aesthetic lighting

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CORNING, N.Y., May 27, 2014 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced the introduction of Corning® Fibrance™ Light-Diffusing Fiber, a glass optical fiber optimized for thin, colorful, aesthetic lighting. The company will feature this new technology in its booth (8326) at the LIGHTFAIR International trade show and conference in Las Vegas, June 3–5.Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber enables decorative lighting to be designed or embedded into tight or small places where other bulky lighting elements cannot fit. This fiber is small, thin, and nearly invisible when the light source is off, thereby enhancing a product’s overall aesthetics and user experience. The flexibility and tight-bend capability of the fiber allows it to curve, wrap, or contour around objects while maintaining bright, colorful, and uniform light.

“With this fiber, designers can enhance a product’s appeal and functionality by adding light how and where they want it,” said Curt Weinstein, vice president and general manager, Advanced OpticsCorning Specialty Materials. “Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber can open up new design possibilities for a variety of markets such as automotive, architecture, consumer electronics, or appliances.”

“Through our long history in optical fiber for telecommunications and our expertise in glass and materials science, Corning is well-positioned to bring this new lighting innovation to market,” said Paul Then, commercial technology director, Advanced Optics, Corning Specialty Materials. “Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber maintains the bend performance of our data-transmission fiber, but instead of transmitting data, it emits vibrant, continuous light.”

Corning is now providing samples and developmental volumes of the fiber to customers, designers, system integrators, and light-source manufacturers looking to create a new lighting experience.

The Corning booth at LIGHTFAIR International will feature several demonstrations showing the capabilities of Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber, as well as prototypes featuring the fiber in consumer electronics and apparel.

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About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated ( ) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.