Calgary-based DIRTT announces strategic collaboration with leading innovator Corning Incorporated

DIRTT (TSX:DRT) has entered into a strategic collaboration with Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW), one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. This strategic relationship will bring Corning Willow Glass to DIRTT’s suite of interior construction solutions.

Thirty times thinner and lighter than standard 6 mm soda lime glass, 200 µm Willow Glass is an ultra-thin, flexible, display-grade glass that enables DIRTT – for the first time – to apply a pristine, durable glass surface to a wide range of next generation products. Willow Glass is chemically durable, scratch resistant, bendable, and easy-to-clean.

“Our collaboration with Corning brings the interior construction industry one of the most powerful and original glass solutions the world has ever seen: Willow Glass,” says Mogens Smed, co-founder and CEO of DIRTT. “Innovation is the foundation of our business. What could be more natural than the global leader in specialty glass collaborating with the world leader in modular interior construction?”

Says Gilbert Chorosz, managing director, Willow Glass, “DIRTT’s commitment to innovation is very similar to our approach here at Corning. We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with DIRTT as they incorporate Willow Glass into their interior construction offerings.” 

Introducing Willow Glass to its suite of solutions, DIRTT will see strong operational efficiencies in manufacturing its interior construction solutions. Clients will notice key benefits, such as improved accuracy, more rapid delivery, freight savings up to 70 per cent, enhanced acoustic performance, and a wide array of design capabilities. For integrated technology applications, DIRTT will continue to use back painted glass solutions.


DIRTT Environmental Solutions uses its proprietary 3D software to design, manufacture and install fully customized prefabricated interiors. Its customers in the corporate, government, education and healthcare sectors benefit from DIRTT’s precise design and costing; rapid lead times with the highest levels of customization and flexibility; and faster, cleaner construction.

DIRTT has offices, manufacturing facilities and Green Learning Centres across North America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia, in addition to a network of more than 100 sales distribution partners globally. DIRTT trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DRT.”

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Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.

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