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Corning Completes Acquisition of Plaslab S.A.S.


CORNING, N.Y., – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of all outstanding shares of Plaslab S.A.S. from certain investment funds managed by Qualium Investissement and from the other shareholders of Plaslab. Plaslab is the holding company of Plastiques Gosselin.

Headquartered in Borre, France, Plastiques Gosselin is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality plastic consumable labware in Europe. The business will be integrated into Corning’s Life Sciences segment, with Jean Gosselin remaining as President of Plaslab and Plastiques Gosselin.

Plastiques Gosselin’s wide array of sampling, testing, and analysis products (including Petri dishes, bottles, containers, tubes, bags, and accessories) complement the general labware, cell culture, lab equipment, and HTS/Assay products offered by Corning. The acquisition also furthers Corning’s strategy to continue to improve its strategic balance by strengthening its Life Sciences segment.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
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About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

About Plaslab S.A.S.
Plaslab S.A.S. is the holding company of Plastiques Gosselin S.A.S. Plastiques Gosselin is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality plastic consumable labware in Europe. Founded in 1965, the company employs over 300 associates serving pharmaceutical, academic, and industrial customers in microbiology, food testing, water testing and clinical markets across Europe from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Borre, France and its manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. The company also has a sales and logistics office in the U.S. More information about Plastiques Gosselin can be found at


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