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CORNING INVENTS DIESEL FILTER

Corning Inc. said Wednesday it has developed a pollution filter for diesel passenger cars that it expects to become an industry standard for trapping soot particles linked to asthma, heart disease and other health problems.

The DuraTrap AT filter, made of a robust material that combines oxides of aluminum and titanium, will be installed for the first time in some 2006-model cars sold in Europe. It could usurp silicon carbide filters made by Japanese rivals because it provides greater durability and performance, said Tom Hinman, general manager of Corning's diesel technologies business.

"We're very optimistic about its potential," Hinman said. "We expect by 2008 to be a significant force in the European passenger-car diesel market."

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