Corning: Gorilla Glass expansion

Corning Inc.’s Gorilla Glass, at present installed mostly in smartphones, tablet computers and televisions, may soon appear in more large public displays. According to NPD DisplaySearch, which tracks display market trends, the production of large displays for commercial use is on the rise.

Corning Inc.’s Gorilla Glass, at present installed mostly in smartphones, tablet computers and televisions, may soon appear in more large public displays. At present, the glass is installed mostly in smartphones, tablet computers and televisions, but the protective cover glass is reportedly being positioned for use in large public displays. These include large screens used at sports arenas or shopping malls. Other uses could also be touch-screen displays in airports, theatres and museums, or monitoring patients in hospital operating rooms.
The reasons behind this move are easy to understand. First, for Corning, financial benefits as large pieces of glass sell for more than small pieces of glass. For users, the thinner Gorilla Glass 2 introduced earlier this year helps make larger displays lighter and more touch-sensitive.
There are, in fact, already a few large touch-screen displays using Gorilla Glass on the market.
One is Perceptive Pixel’s 55-inch, multi-touch liquid crystal display, which went on sale 6 June, while others include 70-inch and 55-inch displays from Chilin Solutions.
All three were featured at the InfoComm 2012 trade show that ended 15 June in Las Vegas.
NPD DisplaySearch, which tracks display market trends, says the production of large displays for commercial use is on the rise.
Shipments of these displays are expected to reach 3.1 million units this year, a 15% increase from 2011. By 2018, volume is expected to reach 12 million, DisplaySearch predicts.