What's So Special About Gorilla Glass 2?

When I was a kid, we'd all pile into the Country Squire for the long trip north to see the Boston branch of the family. On one trip we stopped in Corning, N.Y., so my mother could pay her respects at the Corning Glass museum, and perhaps pick up a casserole dish or two. All I knew about Corning (NYSE: GLW  ) at the time was that the company had something to do with many of my favorite meals, and confusingly had nothing to do with corn itself.

Jump to today, the station wagon has been replaced with an SUV and I now know that Corning makes much more than flower-print casserole dishes. One of their products, Gorilla Glass, has generated a lot of buzz for the company since it began appearing in consumer products. Gorilla Glass is a tough glass capable of resisting damage in circumstances that would leave normal glass cracked, scratched, or even shattered. The product has evolved to a second version, appropriately called Gorilla Glass 2. Let's take a look at what might make this latest version better than the original.

Source: Corning website.

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  • Report this Comment On August 14, 2012, at 3:03 PM, jdmeck wrote:

    Funny that your list of companies using Gorilla Glass is missing the company that convinced Corning not to toss it in the trash.

  • Report this Comment On August 14, 2012, at 4:36 PM, pondee619 wrote:

    If the product is so great, why is the stock trailing the S&P by 30%+/- in the past year? Is the stock broken or is the company?

  • Report this Comment On August 14, 2012, at 6:16 PM, mountain8 wrote:

    I understood Apple was associated with gorilla glass. Am I wrong?

  • Report this Comment On August 14, 2012, at 10:45 PM, midorosan wrote:

    jdmeck is right why no mention of Apple? It was Steve Jobs who convinced he CEO of Corning to re-create Gorilla Glass and there is a plaque on his wall from Jobs to confirm this.

    I bought the stock based on this but it has not performed wonder why?

  • Report this Comment On August 15, 2012, at 9:34 AM, CluckChicken wrote:

    "jdmeck is right why no mention of Apple?"

    I am going to say because Corning makes no mention of Apple on their Gorilla Glass webpage:

    http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/#products-with-gorilla

  • Report this Comment On August 15, 2012, at 9:35 AM, jdmeck wrote:

    Gorilla Glass alone can not sustain Corning unless use in TV's picks up. They do much more than Gorilla Glass, but until the rest of the economy picks up, they are not going to be rolling in the profits. And yes it was Steve Jobs that kept GG out of the trash.

  • Report this Comment On August 15, 2012, at 9:58 AM, Mega wrote:

    When I was shopping for a phone, the Verizon salesman got out a pocket knife and tried to carve into the Gorilla Glass of the display phone. Couldn't damage it.

    I think continue adoption and improvement Gorilla Glass will reduce the appeal of phone covers like those made by ZAGG. Maybe that is a tradeable trend.

  • Report this Comment On August 15, 2012, at 10:10 AM, cb366374 wrote:

    Corning no longer owns CorningWare. As other commenters have pointed out, a large portion of their company is comprised of its Display Technologies (glass for LCD TVs). They also have large stakes in Dow Corning and Samsung Corning joint ventures. They are the leader in fiber optic cable and are diversifying into more glass manufacturing spaces. I am bullish on Corning because LCD TV sales have stabilized and the growth in their other sectors is impressive. I have a target price near $18

  • Report this Comment On August 15, 2012, at 10:18 AM, TMFdfitz wrote:

    @CluckChicken is correct - Apple is not mentioned on Corning's Gorilla Glass site.

    Dari

  • Report this Comment On August 15, 2012, at 12:05 PM, MichiganJeff wrote:

    Apple won't let them disclose...

    "Due to customer agreements, we cannot identify all devices that feature Gorilla Glass. Your favorite device may include Gorilla Glass, even if you don't see it listed. Ask your manufacturer or retailer to learn more."

  • Report this Comment On August 16, 2012, at 4:37 PM, hudsondusters wrote:

    Don't you all know Apple is highly secretive about what suppliers they use. In some cases a teardown reveals, but not all.

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