Corning, which makes Gorilla Glass used in smartphones, is eyeing domestic handset makers to strengthen its presence and increase revenue from the country, which is a key mobile phone market.
In a statement on Thursday, the company announced the availability of two of its glass technologies for OEMs in India, namely, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance, and Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass.
"The reason we are here this week is to get the message out about Gorilla but also to spend some time with some of the local domestic players and understand their needs," Corning Gorilla Glass Director (Worldwide Sales and Applications Engineering) James Hollis said in New Delhi.
India is one of the fastest growing markets for smartphones and Corning sees a significant opportunity to support the local brands, Hollis said.
"The overall growth in smartphone market continues to be robust, about 24 percent, in emerging markets like China and India," Hollis said.
Corning says its Gorilla Glass is currently used by over 33 major brands around the globe. Since its launch in 2007, more than 2.4 billion devices with Corning's glass technologies have been sold worldwide.
Amit Bansal, President, Corning Technologies India, said at the announcement in New Delhi, "We are pleased to announce the launch of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance in India. With the proliferation of touch-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets and notebooks, India is an important market for Corning. In addition to improved scratch resistance, Gorilla Glass 3 maintains the same thinness and optical clarity of previous versions, allowing for slimmer and sleeker devices, brighter images, and better touch sensitivity."
Written with inputs from PTI