CNBC traveled to Harrodsburg, Kentucky to get a rare look inside Corning’s oldest glass factory where it makes Gorilla Glass for iPhones and a variety of other devices. The factory runs 24/7 and human hands never touch the glass — only air and robots. Take a look inside to see how it's made.
In the middle of bluegrass and bourbon country in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, is Corning's oldest glass factory. It was built in the 1950s to create lenses for glasses and then in the 1980s it transitioned into making LCD glass panels.
But about six months before the first iPhone was released in 2007, Steve Jobs made a call to the CEO of Corning and asked the company to create glass that could withstand scratches and breakage for a new Apple product. Before that, phones were typically covered in plastic. Corning quickly developed Gorilla Glass, and this factory went through a complete transformation.
The same company that developed the glass for the Edison bulb in 1879, is now making the glass that covers 6 billion smartphones, tablets, screens and wearables worldwide for Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony and Huawei and a variety of other manufacturers.
Watch the video to get a rare look inside the factory to see how Gorilla Glass is made.
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Inside Corning's Gorilla Glass Factory
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50 subscribers without any video (17 days ago)
Dragon tail glass
xele fonte (2 months ago)
Smells like teen spirit? No. Smells like a 6.5 min Corning Glass commercial on CNBC? Yes. How much did CNBC get paid to advertise this company? That sum should be allocated to everyone who had to watch this stupid commercial
J 2 (2 months ago)
Tampons, toilet paper and adult diapers 👍
Don cal (2 months ago)
About the chipsets, cpu, inside android's phones..
Avdam Ramadhan (2 months ago)
How babies are made
P K (10 hours ago)
We want Dog glasses
roi jayson sanchez (10 hours ago)
Gorilla Glass 69: Made from the finest tears of Harambe.
Pure Luck (12 hours ago)
This glass is trash
Studio Zaccaro (3 days ago)
Very interesting the process of manufacturing !!!! LZACCARO
Marcel FR (3 days ago)
Sand collected from all over the world...
Robots are there for safety....
Tikslolo (3 days ago)
Isn't this just simply putting sand inside a furnace?
MoRd EcAi (5 days ago)
I only discovered this company because I'm such a phone geek~
Glenn Matarlo (7 days ago)
Real me C2 Gorilla Glass
Ethan K (8 days ago)
I want to thank the queen for forming USA in 1920s
Tejinder Oberoi (12 days ago)
give me gorilla glass free
camelCased (13 days ago)
I had Lumia 920 with Gorilla 2. And I got a scratch on the screen while cleaning it against my pillow. I guess, I got some tiny speck of sand on my pillow or something, I can't imagine any other way how it would get scratched. So, I'd really like to have scratch resistance more than drop resistance - I have never dropped a phone but I have scratched them a few times, no matter how accurate I tried to be.
Parth Patel (14 days ago)
Gorilla glass is really helpful 🤣 especially when person having iPhone or iPad 🤣
Ernest Jay (14 days ago)
The "secret" of Corning Gorilla Glass is not the glass itself :
*glass is glass it's scratches at level 6 and deeper grooves at level 7* (you know that reference)
But Corning develop a coating that makes Gorilla Glass more durable than typical tempered glass.
MoroNews مـــورو نيـــوز (20 days ago)
PETA gonna get involve in this
YouMan Chew (29 days ago)
Corning: we also make meth here!
ranger trace (30 days ago)
Corning: doesn’t let film secret manufacturing process
China has left the chat
ECTOGEOS ZETHIP (30 days ago)
LOOK IF YOU USE PLASTIC IN THE PROCESS THEN ITS PLEXIGLASS NOT! GLASS! GLASS IS SILICONE! NOT PLASTIC! YOU CHANGED THE NAME TO MAKE IT SEXER!
ECTOGEOS ZETHIP (30 days ago)
SO IS IT REALY A GLASS OR JUST A SUPER STRONG PLASTIC? WHATS THE DIFFRENCE? EXCEPT THE TERMNOLOGY AND COST! FOR JUST A FANCY NAME!
BG SOUND (1 month ago)
5:58 Only phone manufacturers want thinner and sleeker phones, the rest of us want smarter, more durable phones that stay charged longer. Function over form...
rvi monzon (1 month ago)
My nokia n8 is dead now, but its screen don't have any single scratch up to now. Latest phone have corning gorilla glass 5 and 6. But most reviewers saying that their screen got scratches for a couple of days of usage. Is gorilla glass from then is much stronger than latest gorilla glass?
aurojyoti Pasayat (1 month ago)
Ayush Flames (1 month ago)
So what im hearing is the difference between Gorilla glasss 5 and 6 is that, Gorilla glass 6 was left to be ionized in a saltier bath
Tenzack YOGI (1 month ago)
The biggest microtransactions. Each time break n replace.
Potato Ninja (1 month ago)
In the end Glass is a Glass.
Donie Redwine (1 month ago)
so its made from Glass materials?
i tough it was from Gorilla hair or skin...
Tenzack YOGI (1 month ago)
Gorilla glass.. complete garbage.
M.Kanzul Chilmi (1 month ago)
wait for Goku glass
Edi Noside (1 month ago)
watching this video with my broken samsung phone
Roland Gunner (1 month ago)
Uh, this is a fake story. Apple didn't use gorilla glass until after Samsung. It's in the lawsuits
Darryl Phillips (1 month ago)
Iphones don't even use gorilla glass though....🤔
Flymusick23 (1 month ago)
Yea but there business also needs your phone to break so they can keep rolling in the dough
Herdi Gan (1 month ago)
Thank god they use metric.
Dinah Hopkins (1 month ago)
I wonder if they would let smartereveryday in there?
floockde (1 month ago)
Watching this on my cracked Note 9. 👌👌👌
prismstudios001 (1 month ago)
Cool, wayyyy back in the pre smartphone days, my Grandmother worked in that plant.
gokim moon (2 months ago)
Brett Shadduck (2 months ago)
Lmao just throw sand in a furnace
The Baba Yaga (2 months ago)
Glass is glass and glass breaks.
Jonathan Palmer (2 months ago)
Grammatical error - 7 stories should be 7 storeys
Angela 25 (2 months ago)
What happened if trump still continue to banned china ? Do they lost their biggest customers ?
Illuminati Cow (2 months ago)
Kentucky also makes about 95% of wind turbines. The more you know
Jody Mitoma the Entrepreneur (2 months ago)
Can't wait for Gorilla Glass v11. This so called "unbreakable glass" is still very, very easily broken, and it's on what, v6?... :/
Ricky Downhill - RDH (2 months ago)
I thought I read that Gorilla Glass was invented in the 70's but they didn't have a use for it back then? My IPhone has Gorilla glass? Then why is it always broken so easily? Even with screen protectors, my glass breaks.
TheSilentBullet (2 months ago)
This video is a lie. The Gorilla makes the glass not a company.
JJ Isaiah2004 (2 months ago)
My stepdad works at this company and I was just wondering what he does in there
Thezuule (2 months ago)
Soon as they figure out how to build a robot to load those crates you're all out of a job too..
I HAVE THE DOCUMENTS (2 months ago)
TO SHOW YOU THE STRENGTH OF GORILLA GLASS
I SAWED THIS BOAT IN HALF
Om Dave 007 (2 months ago)
Who else is watching this with broken screen? 😭😭
xele fonte (2 months ago)
Smells like teen spirit? No. Smells like a 6.5 min Corning Glass commercial on CNBC? Yes. How much did CNBC get paid to advertise this company? That sum should be allocated to everyone who had to watch this stupid commercial.
Eric H (2 months ago)
Wheres the curved glass
Benyamin Pershin (2 months ago)
so its basically regular glass...and this video about nothing...
Alex Tim (2 months ago)
1965 USSR - https://mash-xxl.info/info/165303/
1965, the USSR. Construction materials. Encyclopedia. Aluminosilicate glass and its varieties.
I do not understand what was invented in "Corning"
Prabij Shrestha (2 months ago)
They should hang big portrait of Steve in their factory because it's Steve job who made them call and by him they are earning lots of extra money .
Tom Bombadildo (2 months ago)
Harrodsburg, Kentucky? Corning is from CORNING, NEW YORK!
Tom Meyers (2 months ago)
Its nice that we are hiring minorities.
Arib Anwar (2 months ago)
Drink water every time she says *GLASS *
CasperMelchiorBalthasar (2 months ago)
0:49 Something about her hair... I want to eat it.
Loafy Fishy (2 months ago)
i'm just glad to know no gorillas were harmed in making these glass.
Neil Robinson (2 months ago)
"After all. Glass is glass and glass will break."
Hit like if you're a fan of Zacks
Dennis Boisen (2 months ago)
Funny how Americans have no idea about millimeters..
Thicknesses ranging from 2mm down to 100 micron or 1mm.. Hahaha
Bernd Narr (2 months ago)
100micron is 0.1 millimeter ;)
Mikrak Chisim Sangma (2 months ago)
I have been using a cellphone that has a corning gorilla glass for 4 yrs now. Haven't got a single scratch on the screen
abdullah abdulaziz (2 months ago)
My phone's glass is broken it just fell from 3 feet
J 2 (2 months ago)
Feminazi company 😒
STANLEY TAN WEILIANG (2 months ago)
Glass is glass, and glass will break
papi geng (2 months ago)
Sorry, I'm new here. Is this Huawei TV ? I came in because I saw this sign.
Víctor v (2 months ago)
Your "gorilla glass" its sh*t...its fragile 🙄😒
Thirdy Mendiola (2 months ago)
For people complaining about how "fragile" their gorilla glass protected phones are, just take care of your things, gosh!
donkique956 (2 months ago)
I swaer this glass cracks just by looking at it.
Khairul Gaming (2 months ago)
and still... someone dumb outthere say that they hire a gorilla to make the glass
LUNE28 (2 months ago)
Chris Powers (2 months ago)
watching videos from companies like this is the reason content creators are starting a mass exodus.
Shame what YT is doing to the content creators folks... Choose your subscriptions and likes responsibly folks
David Jamison (2 months ago)
Wow they keep making stronger glass for phone's? Watches jerryrigeverything and sees the last 5 years of glass scratching and noticed how it's been the same ever since... Hmmm stronger you say?
Anonymous 23 (2 months ago)
0Guiltyone0 (2 months ago)
Wonder how long it will be til China makes it for 80% off
Ozzelot (2 months ago)
Wait, Gorilla Glass doesn't actually include any gorillas, gorilla products, or Gorillaz? I'm disappointed. :(
Rashad Khan (2 months ago)
If only these glasses were as strong as her voice.
Wade Lee (2 months ago)
Robert Sanchez (2 months ago)
Would love to see glasses and car windshields made out of this stuff.
BART (2 months ago)
Cheap tempered protector is more stronger then gorilla srilla glass 1000000 You will have empty pockets and your phone will be scratched everywhere
Randomstuff (2 months ago)
By gorilla Glass they mean that the glass is made by gorilla's
Abdel Hakim (2 months ago)
How they make curved screens like the galaxy s8 screen its a different process i imagine
MrRipkord (2 months ago)
Just like the Firmament God made above us, thats devides the waters below as above... and i can even resis Atom bombs from the goverment.... Praise our Lord !
Michael Clark (2 months ago)
KazCade (2 months ago)
It is made out of Gorilla...
Like,You know, Baby Powder are made out of Babies.
Kim Jakab (2 months ago)
Thanks for explaining! Now I know why the baby powder is so smooth :)
Erwin Tan (2 months ago)
It's all amazing but that woman still hasn't explained why they named it "Gorilla".
Kim Jong Un (2 months ago)
2:42 "Corning did not allow us to film the oven for the fear that competitors would figure out its secret sauce and take a chunk of its $11.8 billion in sales in 2018." _Includes a detailed diagram of oven._
Gia Carter (2 months ago)
Lee Steven (2 months ago)
China will steal its recipe sooner or later.
CHRISTIAN (2 months ago)
bs my phone already scratched one week after I bought it
serasane (2 months ago)
Nice tech for making money,cannot stand a fart.
spinxo97 (2 months ago)
Lmaoo why does the background sound like the machines the aliens from the movie battle ship have
Kakha Khmelidze (2 months ago)
Hmmm.... merit of Steve Jobs.
Annelijn Hummelgens (2 months ago)
esa señora es muy fea
Elisha Flack (2 months ago)
Plastic salt baking soda our the ingredients
Adem (2 months ago)
my boy Harambe would be proud.
FreakingPikachu (2 months ago)
Glass is glass and glass will break, always.
T Sam (2 months ago)
next Kingkong Glass
jwang604 (2 months ago)
Disclaimer: No gorillas were injured in the making of this glass.
Nishith Patnaik (2 months ago)
Gorillas filed GIL (Gorillas Interest Litigation) saying that the glass is actually not as tough as the gorillas themselves..so it's derogatory to them to use their name..
Muamar (2 months ago)
So, where's the gorilla ?!?
RickOShay (2 months ago)
Next gen glass must be bendable and scratch proof.