Corning will invest in an automotive manufacturing facility in Hefei, China.

The New York technology specialist plans to invest in the Hefei Xinzhan Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone facility in the Anhui Province for its automotive glass solutions.

Michael Kunigonis, Vice President and General Manager of Corning Automotive Glass Solutions, said: “Corning is excited to be delivering technical glass solutions that address and accelerate the adoption of more dynamic and visually appealing in-vehicle infotainment systems.

“Our cover-glass innovations deliver advantaged performance and economics versus commodity materials and are driving significant pull for our products.

“Corning’s investment will deliver the capability, quality and capacity the auto industry needs to drive innovation and supply drivers with connectivity and user experience they desire.”

Corning is planning for the facility to be fully operational by 2019. It will produce Corning Gorilla Glass for Automotive Interiors, a durable and optically advantaged cover glass solution specifically designed for automotive interior applications. Retrofitting an existing facility will help Corning to bring on new capacity quickly and efficiently to advance the growth of its new automotive glass solutions business.

Li Fang, President and General Manager of Corning Greater China, said: “Corning has been committed to the China auto industry since we first entered the China market in the early 1980s, and the investment underscores Corning’s longstanding support of this market.

“Corning selects its manufacturing locations to be close to our customers, which makes Hefei an ideal location.

“Additionally, we have found Hefei to have excellent infrastructure and a solid base of skilled local talent.

“We appreciate the support we have received from the Hefei municipal government and the industrial development leadership from Anhui provincial officials.”

This manufacturing facility demonstrates Corning’s continued commitment to China and marks the company’s third investment in Hefei within the past three years.