Corning opens first optical fiber plant in India

Sept. 26, 2013
Corning, NY--Corning Incorporated hosted an inauguration ceremony for its new optical fiber manufacturing facility in India located in Chakan, near Pune.

Corning, NY--Specialty glass and ceramics company Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) hosted an inauguration ceremony for its new optical fiber manufacturing facility in India. Located in Chakan, near Pune, in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) Phase II industrial park, the plant is the company's first optical fiber manufacturing facility in India.

"The establishment of our newest optical fiber plant in India confirms our commitment to our customers in India and to the future of the Indian telecommunications market. Corning recognizes that India is focused on building out its telecommunications networks and providing high-speed bandwidth to its people. As an industry leader in optical fiber, cable, and connectivity solutions, Corning's technology can play a key role in helping the Indian government achieve this objective," said Stephen Miller, VP and GM of Corning optical fiber and cable.

Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan said, "We are thankful to Corning for choosing and bringing in their investments into Maharashtra. This manufacturing facility is not only an important milestone for Corning, but also for the state, as this is the first mega-project to have been set up in less than a year. This shows that Maharashtra continues to be one of the most investor-friendly states in India. We warmly welcome Corning to Maharashtra and wish them all the very best."

Corning officials noted that the rapid construction of its optical fiber plant in Pune was made possible due to support from the MIDC, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, local authorities in the Pune region, and the government of Maharashtra.

"I want to extend our sincere gratitude to the municipalities and authorities that we had the opportunity to work with throughout this process. This celebration is an opportunity for us to thank the state for the investor-friendly environment it has created, and to showcase the fruits of its labor right here in Chakan. It is also an opportunity for us to share with our customers, the cutting-edge manufacturing processes that we use to make Corning optical fiber," said Rustom Desai, managing director, Corning India and Telecommunications Operations.

Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications, and life sciences. 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.

SOURCE: Corning;

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Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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