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Special Report

Corning and ITRI: A Natural Partnership

Dr. Gautam Meda, Director of Modeling and Computational Science at Corning Research & Development Corporation, talked in his speech about the partnership between Corning and ITRI. He indicated that Corning has enjoyed an easy, mutually beneficial, and natural partnership with ITRI for many years. Owing to the common values and complementary skills both sides share, it is natural for the two to work together. He then illustrated his points by first briefly introducing Corning.

Dr. Gautam Meda, Director of Modeling and Computational Science at Corning Research & Development Corporation.

Dr. Gautam Meda, Director of Modeling and Computational Science at Corning Research & Development Corporation.

Corning is a 165-year-old company with one of the oldest R&D labs in the world. It possesses leading expertise in organic materials, optical physics, and telecommunications, which can change life. For instance, in 1879, Corning invented a crucial machine to mass produce the glass casings of light bulbs with relatively low cost, making light bulbs available to the mass public. Dr. Meda pointed out Corning not only invented items that were needed, such as the light bulb casing, but also items which are well before their time, for instance, the LCD glass in 1982.

Dr. Meda listed the shared values between Corning and ITRI. He said both organizations are constantly reinventing and self-disrupting: ITRI plays a major role in doing this in Taiwan’s technology industry, while Corning often takes part in initiating changes. Both sides embrace new paradigms and methods, and are patient with their R&D processes. He also mentioned the fact that ITRI incubates ideas and takes risks that smaller companies in Taiwan cannot afford to take, just as Corning encourages the boldest imaginations. In addition to the fervent pursuit of science and focus on practical application, both organizations value deep customer engagement. The exchange of people, including leaders, between ITRI and industries creates a natural engagement between research facilities and actual industries.

Dr. Meda closed with a successful collaboration example between Corning and ITRI to illustrate how well the two partners work together—a roll to roll production process for thin glass. Corning was glad to engage ITRI’s technical ability, and in 2012 this collaboration presented the world’s first demonstration of complete roll to roll process for electronic devices.

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