Corning announced plans to invest $180 million in the expansion of its Harrodsburg, Ky. facility, reports the Star-Gazette. The investment is part of a larger $800 million capital improvement plan. Corning uses the output for Gorilla Glass, an ultra-strong glass the company invented in 1962, but only started selling two years ago.
The scratch-resistant glass is currently used in more than 200 mobile devices and is scheduled to be used for nearly 100 others. With nearly 60 percent of the world's phones using Gorilla Glass, Corning expects sales to eclipse the $1 billion mark next year, says GigaOM.
Corning is also looking to tackle the tablet market in addition to the HDTV market, according to Zimbo.