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Corning Expanding China Plant

Photonics.com
Jul 2007
CORNING, N.Y., July 19, 2007 -- Due to increasing demand in China for broadband optical communications, Corning Inc. is expanding its optical fiber manufacturing facility in Shanghai, the company announced yesterday. Financial details of the plan were not disclosed.

"The optical fiber market in China is expected to more than double in annual volume this decade driven by increasing need for the widespread deployment of high-speed, broadband optical communications networks," said Martin J. Curran, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber. "The expansion of our Shanghai facility will ensure that we have adequate capacity to meet this opportunity and maintain our strong position in the China optical fiber market."

"For more than 20 years, as China's communications infrastructure evolved to fiber-optic networks, Corning has played an important role and provided technologically advanced optical fiber as the foundation of a large percentage of China's nationwide communications backbone," said Eric S. Musser, CEO, Corning Greater China. "Today we are announcing another significant milestone which further strengthens Corning's commitment to produce the highest-quality optical fiber in this region."

The expansion of the Shanghai facility will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in 2009, the company said.

Corning also manufactures optical fiber in Wilmington, N.C., the world's largest optical fiber plant. The company also recently announced plans to partially reopen its optical fiber plant in Concord, N.C. (See "Corning to Reopen NC Fiber Plant"), due to continued growth of the worldwide optical fiber market.

For more information, visit: www.corning.com/opticalfiber 



GLOSSARY
broadband
Indicating a capability to deal with a relatively wide spectral bandwidth.
optical
Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
optical fiber
A thin filament of drawn or extruded glass or plastic having a central core and a cladding of lower index material to promote total internal reflection (TIR). It may be used singly to transmit pulsed optical signals (communications fiber) or in bundles to transmit light or images.  
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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