28 June 2011

Silicon photonics firm Kotura opens China office

Kotura Inc of Monterey Park, CA, USA, which has been designing and manufacturing application-specific silicon photonics components for the communications, computing, sensing and detection markets for more than five years, has opened an office in Shenzhen, China and appointed Yicheng Lu as vice president.

Kotura says that its presence in China provides greater access and support for its installed customer base, which consists of many of the largest telecom companies in the region. China is recognized as a significant market for optical components, and the new office will provide sales & marketing, manufacturing and R&D support.

Led by Lu, this local presence should enables Kotura to build strategic relationships for manufacturing, product packaging and other key resources required to support new product development. Lu will spearhead China activities and establish a foothold for Kotura in this key region. In addition to driving business development activities to increase long-term opportunities in China, Lu joins Kotura’s executive team in setting the firm’s strategic direction and is chartered with expanding customer relationships.

“China is the world’s largest telecom market by population and is on its way to becoming the world’s largest by revenue as well,” says president & CEO Jean-Louis Malinge. “Shenzhen in particular is home to some of the world’s leading telecommunication equipment manufacturers, and as such has developed a very strong optical communications infrastructure,” he adds. “Yicheng, with his extensive background in the optical components industry, will be invaluable as we expand our presence in the region.”

Lu has more than 17 years of experience in optical components and fiber-optic sensors. Most recently, he was sales director and country manager of Great China for optoelectronic chip and module maker JDSU. Previously, he was a sales director at optical component, module and subsystem maker Bookham (now Oclaro), in which he achieved a compounded annual revenue growth rate (CAGR) of more than 45%. Lu holds bachelors and masters degrees in materials from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in China and a Ph.D. in engineering from Brunel University in the UK.

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