announces it has acquired Optimal
Cable Services, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable and
provider of connectivity products based in Melbourne, Australia. Optimal
will join the AFL portfolio expanding the company's global offering of solutions
to the telecommunications, mining and general distribution markets.
"AFL's products and services are now in use in over 120 countries around
the world. We currently manufacture our products in multiple locations,
and adding Optimal greatly extends our manufacturing capabilities in the
South Pacific," said Kurt Dallas, vice president and general manager,
global cable systems, for AFL. "The team at Optimal has an excellent
track record of taking care of customers and we look forward to working
with this group to further grow our business and customer base across
Optimal's product portfolio is an exceptional complement to AFL's
current offering. At its facility in Melbourne, Optimal manufactures
uni-tube, stranded loose tube, amored loose tube, high count loose
tube, riser and all-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) cables in addition
to composite, cords and ancillary products. Optimal also provides
patchcords, pigtails, connectors, adaptors, tooling, test equipment and
"In the cable business particularly, AFL has a rich history of blending
technology, business acumen and customer service. We were immediately
impressed with AFL, its products and services, and the leadership team,"
stated Paul Cross, sales & marketing director and general manager for
Optimal Cable Services. "With the combined strengths of AFL and Optimal,
the growth opportunity is tremendous. Additionally, the value
proposition for our current and future customers is very compelling."
Optical Cable Services will continue operations in its existing facility
in Melbourne, Australia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
For additional information on AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric
utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and
transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas,
mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The
company's diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable,
transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment,
connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL's service
portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost
communications companies supporting both the central office and outside
Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise,
exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers
improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations
in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, South Pacific and Asia. The company is
headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
About Optical Cable Services
Founded in 1986, Optimal Cable Services provides fiber optic cable and
connectivity solutions to customers around the world. Optimal Cable
Services supports and supplies a wide ranging customer base which covers
a variety of industries and sectors including distributors and
wholesalers, government agencies, infrastructure and construction,
property developers, security and protection, telecommunications, IT and
transport. For more information, visit http://www.optimal.com.au.
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