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Apple's first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment is in iPhone glass supplier Corning

12 Mai 2017

Apple announced Friday that Corning will receive $200 million from Apple's new Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

Corning and Apple collaborated throughout the 10-year history of the iPhone.

Corning has been an Apple partner for the last decade and put toughened glass known as Gorilla Glass on the very first iPhone.

Corning has had a facility in Harrodsburg for 65 years.

On May 04 Apple launched a new website promoting the company's contribution of two million jobs in the U.S. Today Apple revealed that they've awarded Corning first Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment.

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"If we can create many manufacturing jobs around, those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around them because you have a service industry that builds up around them", Cook said at the time. Corning has been working with Apple since the original iPhone, when the company provided the glass for the revolutionary device's screens. "We're extremely proud of our collaboration over the years and we are investing further with Corning who has such a rich legacy of innovative manufacturing practices".

Before the iPhone's launch in 2007, the Harrodsburg factory turned on a dime from making LCD glass to making Gorilla Glass after the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs challenged Corning to come up with a more resilient glass for the smartphone, according to a 2012 story by this reporter in The Courier-Journal.

Williams noted that Corning develops its glass in the USA, and that he was "proud" of Apple's collaboration with Corning.

Apple's manufacturing fund will make an investment of least $1 billion with US-based companies to encourage innovative production and create skilled jobs to lay the foundation for technology-driven manufacturing in the US. The money will go toward funding Corning's research and development and glass processing. It has been formed not only to support manufacturing personnel in the U.S but also to satisfy the bloated ego of the country's President Donald Trump as well. Apple said it now supports 2 million jobs across all 50 states, including 450,000 jobs attributable to Apple's spend and investment with US-based suppliers.

"This investment will ensure our plant in Harrodsburg remains a global centr of excellence for glass technology".

Apple's first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment is in iPhone glass supplier Corning