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Corning Opens Technology Center at Adlershof in Berlin
New center will support optical connectivity technology solutions for Corning's telecommunications segment customers
The new center is home to Corning Cable Systems' Germany-based members of Corning's global Technology organization. Its Adlershof Park location makes the center easily accessible from Corning Cable Systems' lead commercial office for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, also located in Berlin.
"Innovation has been a Corning hallmark for more than 160 years," said keynote speaker Wendell P. Weeks, chairman and CEO, Corning Incorporated. "We have been a pioneer in the field of telecommunications since Corning scientists invented the first low-loss optical fiber in 1970. In the 42 years since then, we have produced a steady stream of innovations that increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of optical networks. Yet, we have barely scratched the surface in terms of unleashing the massive capacity and lightning-fast speeds that fiber-optic networks can deliver. This center will help us create next-generation technologies to enable the on-demand information that consumers and enterprises value."
The opening ceremony was hosted by Weeks, Clark S. Kinlin, executive vice president, Corning Telecommunications Business Group, and Torsten Nath, director, Corning Cable Systems Technology, EMEA. Speakers also included Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit and Hardy Schmitz, CEO, WISTA-Management GmbH. Invited guests included customers and representatives of the universities and institutes located at the Adlershof Technology Park.
"We are committed to collaboration with our customers to understand their needs and develop breakthrough optical connectivity solutions to their toughest problems," Kinlin said "This collaboration was instrumental in helping us develop our Fiber to the Home and ClearCurve® product solutions. We view our participation in the Adlershof community as an important extension of this customer commitment."
The Corning Technology Center Berlin is affiliated with Corning's global research and development network, including telecommunications technology groups around the world; the Corning Research Center, Taiwan, located at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in HsinChu, Taiwan; the Corning Technology Center in Shizuoka, Japan; the Corning Science Center in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Corning European Technology Center located in Fontainebleau, France; and Sullivan Park, the company's world headquarters for R&D in Corning, New York, USA.
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Stretched across nearly 1,038 acres, the Adlershof Science &Technology Park features the Humboldt University of Berlin as well as 11 renowned science institutes and, in 2011, 922 companies that operate in disciplines ranging from Photonics, Optical and Solar Technologies to Material and Microsystems Technology. As Germany's largest technology park, Adlershof has nearly 15,000 employees and 8,000 students operating there daily.
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