LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Apple deepened its ties to a Kentucky plant Monday by awarding one other $45 million to help Corning Inc.’s work to provide glass for the tech large’s iPhones and different gadgets.
The most recent funding will develop Corning’s manufacturing capability and “drive analysis and improvement into progressive new applied sciences that help sturdiness and long-lasting product life,” Apple mentioned. Scratch-resistant glass for each technology of iPhone has been made at Corning’s plant in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Corning additionally provides glass for iPads and Apple Watches.
Corning beforehand obtained $450 million from Apple’s $5 billion Superior Manufacturing Fund previously 4 years, the tech large mentioned. Apple mentioned Monday its funding helps help greater than 1,000 jobs throughout Corning’s U.S. operations.
The businesses teamed to develop a glass-ceramic on the Harrodsburg plant that led to the Ceramic Protect, which Apple used to style the brand new entrance cowl featured on the iPhone 12 lineup.
“For the reason that first iPhone, we’ve partnered with Corning in Kentucky to create probably the most sturdy glass in a smartphone,” Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner mentioned in a tweet. “Ceramic Protect on the iPhone 12 lineup takes US innovation to new ranges & we’re investing throughout America to seek out the subsequent breakthrough.”
Wendell P. Weeks, Corning’s chairman and chief government officer, mentioned Apple’s “longstanding product-development partnership” and its ongoing funding in manufacturing expertise on the Harrodsburg plant “just isn’t solely fueling life-changing innovation, it’s additionally serving to us maintain important communities the place we reside and work.”