Despite a reluctance among automakers to make changes when it comes to car windows, Corning is starting to gain traction in the industry with its Gorilla Glass technology.
Widely used in the consumer electronics market for touch screens, Corning maintains that its glass is both more durable and weighs less than conventional automotive glass. The lighter glass is said to reduce vehicle mass, helping automakers meet increasingly rigorous fuel economy standards.
To expedite adoption, Corning has partnered with French company Saint-Gobain so that it can supply windshields directly to the channel rather than relying on third parties to meet manufacturing needs.
Among early adopters, Corning lists BMW and Ford as automakers that have incorporated Gorilla Glass into their production vehicles. The BMW i8 makes use of the technology for an interior window while the windshield in the Ford GT is fashioned from the material.
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