Corning sees Q4 Specialty Materials sales up about 5% over Q3 Specialty Materials segment year-over-year sales, driven by the strength of Gorilla Glass, are expected to be up approximately 60% this quarter. Tripeny will point out that the company does not foresee any changes in its previously forecasted fourth-quarter performance for the Telecommunications or Environmental Technologies businesses. Corning’s Life Sciences business should see a more than 15% sequential increase in revenue due to the completion of the Discovery Labware acquisition during the quarter. In addition, Corning now expects its equity earnings from Dow Corning Corporation will be down about 20% sequentially, the result of further weakening of demand for solar-grade polysilicon. Tripeny also will point out that improved volumes for LCD glass and Gorilla Glass will offset seasonal declines in Corning’s other businesses and should keep the company’s fourth-quarter gross margin percent at a level consistent with the previous quarter.
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