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24 October 2008


Finisar expands in China with new high-volume plant

Finisar Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, which makes fiber-optic communications components and subsystems as well as network test & measurement systems, has opened its new manufacturing and R&D facility in Shanghai in the presence of company executives and local dignitaries, reaffirming the importance of the China market to the firm as well as its commitment to strengthening customer relationships in Asia.

Designed specifically for high-volume, cost-effective optics production, the plant also furthers development efforts and enables lower-cost manufacturing of Finisar’s optical components including lasers and passive devices.

The $3m investment supports Finisar’s ongoing R&D efforts and enhances volume manufacturing capabilities for active and passive components used in its own transceivers as well as the merchant market. With a local staff of 650, the new site provides 15,000m² of manufacturing, cleanroom, and office space (nearly three times the capacity of the previous site). The firm has completed product qualification and the new plant is now in full operation.

China represents a very important market in the fiber-optics industry, says Joe Young, senior VP & general manager of Optics at Finisar. “By being vertically integrated with our other manufacturing sites around the globe - Fremont, CA and Ipoh, Malaysia, for example - this facility is now a part of a larger operation committed to the volume production of high-quality optical components,” he adds.

Finisar says that, over the last two decades, it has focused on developing high-volume manufacturing capabilities to create cost-effective optical communication products for the data networking and telecom markets. The firm claims that this strategy has established it as the volume-leader in fiber-optics communications. Finisar ships nearly one million optical transceivers per month and 1.5 million free-space isolators annually.

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