Corning Opens Optical Fibre Manufacturing Plant in Poland

Corning opened a new optical fibre manufacturing plant in Poland to meet the growing demands for fibre in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Corning continues its investment in broadband expansion to bring high-speed connections to more people in more communities. The facility is one of the biggest in the European Union and adds approximately 250 employees to Corning’s workforce.
 
The facility is one of the largest in the European Union; part of Corning’s globally focused investment in fibre and cable manufacturing

CORNING, N.Y. — Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today formally opened a new optical fibre manufacturing facility in Mszczonów, Poland, to meet growing demand for high-speed connectivity in the European Union and surrounding regions.

The facility, one of the largest optical fibre plants in the European Union, is Corning’s latest in a series of global investments in fibre and cable manufacturing totaling more than $500 million since 2020, supported by growing demand and strong customer commitments.

Network operators in Europe are investing in broadband expansion to bring high-speed connections to more people in more communities. These initiatives, along with investments in 5G and cloud data centres, signal the early stages of a large, multi-year wave of growth for networks built on fibre, with virtually unlimited bandwidth. Corning, as the inventor of low-loss optical fibre and as the world leader in passive optical communications, is uniquely positioned to support these network builds.

The new facility adds approximately 250 employees to the company’s workforce of more than 3,000 in Poland and builds on Corning’s successful 20-year history of manufacturing in the region. It provides Corning with advantaged access to talent through the skilled workforce and technical training available in the greater Warsaw area. Corning manufactures optical cable and connectivity components at its campus in Strykow.

"We congratulate Corning on the opening of this advanced manufacturing facility for the fibre that forms the backbone of the Internet," said Józef Kurek, mayor of Mszczonów. "High-speed connections will come to more people and more communities in Europe thanks to the fibre that Corning will make here in Mszczonow. We are pleased that Corning turned again to this region's talented workforce to bring its innovations to life."

Corning is also expanding manufacturing capacity in the United States to meet growing bandwidth demand in North America. In August the company announced it will open a cable manufacturing plant near Phoenix, Arizona. A cable manufacturing expansion announced last year in North Carolina is currently ramping up. By adding fibre manufacturing capacity in Poland, Corning will be able to increase local supply and manufacturing to serve global markets and meet growing demand.

“Corning is expanding its fiber manufacturing operations in Europe, as our customers accelerate investments in future-ready networks,” said Corning Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wendell P. Weeks. “From broadband to 5G to cloud computing, tomorrow’s networks all depend on optical fibre. This facility will ensure we can continue to efficiently serve our customers in Europe and beyond, during a time of record demand. We appreciate the support of state and local officials, and the dedication of our skilled workforce.”

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About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries. Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping its customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display, automotive, and life sciences.

 

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