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CORNING ANNOUNCES MAJOR ADVANCE IN REDUCING AUTOMOBILE POLLUTION

 CORNING ANNOUNCES MAJOR ADVANCE IN REDUCING AUTOMOBILE POLLUTION
 CORNING, N.Y., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that it has developed a new catalytic converter that represents a major advance in reducing automobile pollution. A prototype of the converter beat California's tough 1997 model year automobile emissions regulations in recent independent laboratory tests.
 The catalytic converter was developed at Corning Incorporated's research laboratory to help reduce emissions in the first two minutes of operation -- when most of an automobile's pollutants are emitted unchecked. A prototype of the product is on display this week at the Society of Automotive Engineers 1992 International Congress and Exposition held in Detroit.
 In tests conducted by the Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio, Texas, the product produced emissions of non-methane hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide that were less than half that required by California's 1997 regulations for Ultra-low Emissions Vehicles (ULEV), and consistently met the ULEV emissions regulation for oxides of nitrogen.
 The unit is also called an electrically heated catalyst because exhaust gases enter the converter and are preheated by a substrate made from extruded powdered metal. The bulk of the emissions are then converted to non-toxic emissions by a ceramic substrate.
 "We are very excited that the tests have proven the unit's feasibility," said David H. Fuller, Corning's director of new products. "The next step is to prove the converter's practicality. We must prove its long-term durability and work with auto companies and their energy- systems suppliers to reduce the unit's energy requirements."
 California's 1997 ULEV regulations will apply to just 2 percent of the state's automobiles in the first year and are slated to apply to 15 percent by 2003. California currently has the strictest automobile emissions regulations in the world.
 Corning is the world's leading supplier of catalytic converter substrates and supplies all major automobile manufacturers.
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 /CONTACT: Robert W. DeMallie, 607-974-8778, or Barbara Martz, 212-243-8450, both of Corning/
 (GLW) CO: Corning Incorporated ST: New York, California IN: AUT SU: PDT


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