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AGREEMENT LINKS BICSI AND BRITISH TIABICSI, the Florida-based telecom association, and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) of Great Britain have signed an agreement that aims to promote ...


March 1, 2001  


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AGREEMENT LINKS BICSI AND BRITISH TIA

BICSI, the Florida-based telecom association, and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) of Great Britain have signed an agreement that aims to promote the growth and development of the telecom industries in the US and Great Britain.

Jay Warmke, Executive Director of BICSI, and Allan P. Cobb, Director General of TIA-Great Britain, completed the agreement at the BICSI 2001 Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“The BICSI Board of Directors welcomes this opportunity to form a closer relationship with Britain’s premiere trade association,” said Warmke. “This agreement reflects BICSI’s goal to foster better telecommunication services around the globe.”

BICSI will present its 2001 Europe Conference in Brighton, UK from July 2-5.

MARCONI HEADS TO INDIA

Communications provider Marconi of Pittsburgh, PA will soon open the doors to a new development centre in India. The US$50 million facility will be devoted to creating products that are based on broadband and switching technologies.

“The reason we chose India for this investment is the high standard and number of engineers available here — especially software developers,” says Rob Meakin, Personnel Director of Marconi, who says the number of people leaving university with IT qualifications in India is twice the total in the US.

Scheduled to open in April, the new Marconi Development Centre will be located just outside of Delhi, and will initially employ 50 engineers; this figure is expected to grow to at least 200 engineers within 18 months.

HELLERMANN OBTAINS RW DATA

Cable manufacturer Hellermann- Tyton of Milwaukee, WI has acquired RW Data, a UK-based manufacturer of structured cabling systems for voice and data. The company says the acquisition provides it with additional product development and manufacturing resources for its products

HellermannTyton is one of the five core business sectors of Bowthorpe plc.

ANICOM IN LIQUIDATION PROCESS

Anicom Inc., the Rosemont, Illinois-based cabling distributor, has plans underway to file for bankruptcy protection and sell and/or liquidate its remaining operations.

The organization, which has 15 locations in Canada and 45 in the US, has already put the wheels in motion, and has reached an agreement to sell its Canadian assets and operations to Vancouver’s Tricontinental Communications. Anicom initially purchased a large chunk of its Canadian operations from Texcan Inc. (a subsidiary of Tricontinental) in 1998.

Anixter International Inc., the Skokie, Illinois-based distribution company, has agreed to buy certain inventory and operating assets from the bankruptcy estate of Anicom. The assets being acquired are located in the Detroit, Michigan area.

Commenting on the purchase, Robert Grubbs, president and CEO of Anixter International, said: “Combined with the recent hiring of several former sales and operations people from Anicom’s Detroit location, this puts us in a good position to increase our share in the sixth largest market in the United States.”

The company said the acquired assets and recently hired sales people will be combined with Anixter’s existing operations in the Detroit area.

JDS AND SDL MERGER COMPLETED

Ottawa’s JDS Uniphase Corp. and SDL, Inc. of San Jose, CA, have announced the completion of a $17.7 billion acquisition deal, under which SDL will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of JDS.

The purchase came after the company agreed to sell a leading laser manufacturing plant in Zurich, Switzerland to Nortel Networks Corp., Brampton, ON for approximately $3 billion.

The purchase, initially announced in July, 2000, will serve to strengthen JDS’ position in the optical components market.

JDS AND OPA SIGN ON DOTTED LINE

JDS Uniphase Corp. of Ottawa has acquired Optical Process Automation, Inc. (OPA) of Melbourne, FL, which will now operate as a subsidiary of JDS.

OPA is a designer and manufacturer of both automated and semi-automated systems under the OptoMate product name. These systems provide optical component assembly and test operations for optical component manufacturers.

EXFO SIGNS WITH VANGUARD

Quebec City’s EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has announced that its affiliate, Burleigh Automation, Inc., has agreed to purchase substantially all of the assets of Vanguard Technical Solutions, Inc. of Tucson, AZ

EXFO, a designer and manufacturer of fiber-optic test, measurement and monitoring instruments, will integrate Vanguard into Burleigh Automation, Inc., which was acquired by EXFO in December 2000.

A subsidiary of DT Industries Inc., Vanguard specializes in the design and manufacturing of assembly equipment for sensitive process and assembly challenges on the manufacturing floor.

SOFTWARE COMPANIES FORM MERGER

UK-based Orchestream, a leader in Internet Protocol (IP) service activation software, has announced plans to acquire CrossKeys of Ottawa — a provider of software for performance management and reporting — for approximately $54.1 million.

The companies say the merger will enable the combined company to expand its product line and offer a software platform to telecom carriers and service providers that is capable of defining, activating, monitoring and reporting services on IP networks.

The deal will also facilitate Orchestream’s plans for developing its global presence. CrossKeys, which has offices in Canada, the US and England, has over 200 customers worldwide.

CORNING SETS UP SHOP IN MEXICO

Cable manufacturer Corning Cable Systems of Hickory, NC has opened the doors to a new telecom hardware products manufacturing facility in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The company says the 100,000 square-ft. facility, which will initially employ approximately 70 people, will manufacture small fiber count cable assemblies.CS


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