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Corning's most significant innovations in the 90's.

1990-Present: Positioned For Growth
1990 - Corning announced plans to invest more than $100 million to increase the capacity of the Wilmington, NC, optical-fiber manufacturing facility by more than 50%

1991 - Corning selected by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Tokyo, to manufacture the world's largest mirror blank for Japan National Large Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Siecor chosen as one of four major suppliers for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation's Track III high-count optical fiber cable development project in Japan that will install cabled fiber to every Japanese home and business by 2015.

1992 - Corning developed catalytic converter to meet California 1997 regulations for ultra-low emissions vehicles. 
Corning signed joint research agreements with Russian Science Institutes.

Corning selected by the Gemini Project to supply the 8.1 meter primary mirror blank for a telescope to be built on Mauna Kea Hawaii. Siemens selects Corning's passive optical couplers product for its installation of thousands of telephone and cable television lines in the eastern states of Germany.

Corning broke ground for two local projects: a 13,600 square foot children's day care center and the three-acre Riverfront Centennial Park adjacent to the new corporate headquarters. The park was a gift to the city in commemoration of its 100th anniversary.

1993 - AT&T chose Corning to supply fiber-optic couplers for its next generation undersea telecommunications systems. 
MCI Communications Corporation signed a multi-year agreement with Corning to use its dispersion-shifted optical fiber nationwide.

Corning is the first optical-fiber manufacturer to sign long-term supply agreement with several Russian cable manufacturers.

1994 - Corning won the National Medal of Technology, a Presidential honor. 
Three new equity ventures were formed: ACOR Programs, Inc., Eurokera North America, Inc. and Quanterra Incorporated.

A 33-ton telescope mirror blank (the largest of its type in the world) was completed.

1995 - Corning Asahi Video Products Company is incorporated. 
The Telecommunications Products Division won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

1996 - 
Corning develops PUMA, an emissions-control system combining adsorber technology with catalytic converter technology.
Corning and Saint-Gobain announce the development of a new glass substrate for use in plasma display applications.

Corning announces a plan to spin off to its shareholders Corning Clinic Laboratories and Corning Pharmaceutical Services, creating two new, independent, publicly traded companies.

Corning breaks ground for the five-year renovation of the Corning Glass Center.

1997 - Corning sold Sunglass Products business. 
Corning announced plans for construction of a new plant to be built in Concord, NC, for production of optical fibers.
Corning announced plans for construction of a new plant to be built in Erwin, NY, for production of photonics / telecommunications components.

Corning announced plans to add two new wings to the Corning corporate headquarters building in Corning, NY.

Corning announced plans to expand Sullivan Park.

Corning announced plans to expand the Center for Fiber Optic Testing.

Corning announced plans for construction of a new plant to be built in Charleston, SC, for production of fused silica.

Corning acquired Optical Corporation of America, supplier of opto-electronics components and systems for communications,medical, industrial, defense, and aerospace applications. Business renamed Corning OCA with manufacturing and research and development operations in Marlborough, MA and Garden Grove,CA.

1998 - Corning introduced 600/4 ceramic substrates for automotive use,LEAF optical fiber (winner of the Photonics Spectra 1999 Circle of Excellence Award) , and 80-channel FiberGain amplifiers. 
Corning Consumer Products Company sold to Borden Incorporated(Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company).

1999 - Corning announced development of Ultra-Thin, a new polarizing glass that reduces signal loss in advanced telecommunications networks. 
Corning acquired Rochester Photonics Corporation (RPC), a leader in the field of diffractive optics and microlenses.

Corning acquired Optical Waveguides Australia, Pty. Ltd. (OWA) from BICC.

Corning rededicated the Little Joe Tube Tower and a new wing on the west side of the Corporate Headquarters Building.

Corning acquired sole ownership of Siecor Corporation from Siemens AG.

Corning purchased Optovac of North Brookfield, MA, a leading manufacturer of calcium fluoride optics.

Corning acquired Optical Polymer Group, Honeywell Corporation, maker of polymer-based optical components.