Corning (GLW +0.5%) is working with Taiwanese manufacturer G-Tech Optoelectronics to bring 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts to market in 2014. The glass-forming technology needed to produce the parts is said to be manufacturing-ready. (PR)
The 3D parts target a burgeoning market for mobile and wearable devices with curved and/or form-fitting glass. Samsung and LG recently launched phones with curved OLED displays, and Apple is reportedly prepping both an iWatch and larger iPhones featuring curved glass.
Corning has already launched Willow Glass, a bendable product that could find its way into smartwatches and other wrap-around devices. The company is looking to fend off a looming threat from sapphire glass suppliers such as GT Advanced (GTAT +1.8%), which recently struck a big supply deal with Apple.