Willow Glass is a new flexible glass, which could revolutionize next-generation consumer electronic technologies, enabling slim displays and smart surfaces of the future. The thinness, strength, and flexibility of the new glass developed by Corning can potentially allow displays to be wrapped around a device or structure. The material can also be processed at temperatures up to 500 °C, which is essential for current high-end displays and is not possible with polymer films. The glass will enable the industry to pursue high-temperature, continuous roll-to-roll processes that have been impossible until now.
The new glass will enable the design of thinner backplanes and color filters for both OLED and liquid crystal displays in high-performance portable devices. It will also facilitate the development of conformable displays for immersive viewing or mounting on curved surfaces. The material is formulated to perform exceptionally well for electronic components such as touch sensors, as well as utilizing glass's natural hermetic properties as a seal for OLED displays and other moisture and oxygen-sensitive technologies.