Corning COO Addresses Investors at J.P. Morgan Technology Conference

2010-05-19 11:59 1504

Global LCD TV Sales Remain Strong

CORNING, N.Y., May 19 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) President and Chief Operating Officer Peter F. Volanakis told investors on May 17 that "all of our businesses, including our equity ventures, are on track with our expectations for the second quarter" when he spoke at the J.P. Morgan Technology Conference in Boston at 8:40 a.m. Corning's comments at the conference can be heard via webcast at .

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Industry data indicates that retail demand for LCD TVs, notebooks, and monitors remains robust. April LCD TV unit sales increased 13% in the U.S. over last year. Similarly, unit sales in Europe and Japan increased 22% and 44%, respectively. "These growth rates continue to run ahead of our internal forecasts," Volanakis said. The retail data is the result of reports from a variety of independent consumer market research organizations (NPD, GFK and CMM) and the company's internal analysis.

In China, LCD TV demand appears to remain strong as well. "We do not yet have April retail data for China, but there are no indications that consumers' appetite has abated," Volanakis said. "Incentive programs continue and retail prices are very attractive. As a result, we still see 37 million LCD TV unit sales in China this year."

The company will note that second-quarter display volume expectations of mid-single-digit sequential growth for both its wholly owned business and Samsung Corning Precision Glass Co., Ltd., have not changed. Price declines are expected to be down slightly sequentially. Volanakis added, "The operating performance within our Display Technologies segment has been excellent."

Volanakis also commented that Corning's Telecommunications segment remains on track with the company's previous guidance of a 10% to 15% sequential increase. The business is experiencing very strong seasonal demand for both fiber and cable in North America and Europe driven by very strong pull from new private network builds, as well as from the start of a fiber-to-the-home ramp in Canada. Second-quarter sales in the Specialty Materials segment are expected to be in line with the company's guidance of a 15% to 25% increase over quarter one, primarily driven by Gorilla(R) glass. Sales in both the Environmental Technologies segment and the Life Sciences segment are also on pace with the company's guidance for the quarter.

Corning's comments to investors at the J.P. Morgan Technology Conference is available by accessing the IR events calendar on Corning's Web site. To access the calendar, go to and click Investor Events on the left.

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About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated ( ) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

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