Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, has announced plans to increase its fiber output by more than 60 per cent this year, in order to meet the growing global market demand for fiber cable used in hig...
May 1, 2000
Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, has announced plans to increase its fiber output by more than 60 per cent this year, in order to meet the growing global market demand for fiber cable used in high-speed optical communications networks.
At the recent Optical Fiber Conference in Baltimore, Lucent said it plans to invest more than US$650 million during the next two years, in addition to the US$350 million investment program currently under way, to expand its fiber optic cable manufacturing operations around the world. This will bring its total investment to more than US$1 billion.
The company is adding manufacturing capacity to its optical fiber and cable factories in the U.S., Denmark, Germany, China, Thailand, Russia and Brazil. In addition, Lucent recently completed its acquisition of SpecTran in Sturbridge, MA, and Avon, CT — and is planning to increase manufacturing capacity to these facilities.
“To keep pace with demand, we have more than doubled our global capacity to manufacture fiber optic products in the past two years alone,” says Denys Gounot, president of Lucent’s Cable Systems business.
In 1998, Lucent began construction on its $350 million expansion plan to expand its flagship fiber facility in Atlanta. Additional expansion efforts are currently under way to further increase the capacity of the 170-acre facility, including the construction of new draw towers and additional manufacturing lines. Similar efforts are being undertaken at Lucent’s fiber cable facilities around the globe. Lucent expects that approximately 300 new jobs will be created as a result of the expansion program.