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Corning's Flexible "Willow Glass" Still Unlikely to Be Seen on Devices

By Katrina Canlas - on 7 Mar 2013, 1:30pm

Corning's Flexible "Willow Glass" Still Unlikely to Be Seen on Devices

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Corning announced its flexible Willow Glass last year and full production was initialized at the end of  2012, but still, we will not be seeing this technology on consumer devices soon. From the message of Corning Glass Technologies president James Clappin, while marking an $800 million LCD glass factory in China, he emphasized that it will take at least three years before we see the Willow Glass on commercial products.

Clappin said, "People are not accustomed to glass you roll up. The ability of people to take it and use it to make a product is limited." 

He mentioned that implementing the technology is more challenging that what has been expected, and many companies have not yet planned for products that can take full advantage of the Willow Glass. He also said that Corning is putting a lot of effort in teaching "very big name" customers on how to use the glass in their own products, but he did not specifically mention which big names they are dealing with.

Corning's most popular customer is Apple, who uses its durable Gorilla Glass on various mobile devices such as the iPhone and the iPad. This leads many to assume that Apple might be incorporating the Willow Glass on its smart watch project. Clappin declined to comment on this.

Though it will still take a long time before we see the Willow Glass on a phone or a tablet, we might still be seeing it on other simple products this year. These include a flexible barrier for solar panels and a thin film behind some touch panels.

Source: MacRumors