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Helix/HiTemp, Chromatic business units merge: Now known as Draka Comteq USA

Draka Comteq USA Inc. has been selected as the new name of an organization that consolidates the copper and fiber o...


January 23, 2003  


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Draka Comteq USA Inc. has been selected as the new name of an organization that consolidates the copper and fiber optic cable products of Helix/HiTemp Cables and Chromatic Technologies.

A 165,000 square-foot facility in Franklin, Mass. will house copper and fiber optic engineering, research and manufacturing. The two former business units of Draka USA provide product lines for data, voice, video, control, communications and specialty applications.

"This is a case where less is more," said Bill Dungan, corporate vice-president and GM for Draka USA. "The consolidation has had a dual benefit of reducing fixed costs, while actually increasing cable throughout." The move, he added, allows the company to become more "efficient, flexible and versatile."

Multimode and singlemode fiber optic products range from outdoor and indoor backbone to fiber-to-the-workstation and include cables for demanding application such as marine/shipboard, industrial and transportation.

The copper product line includes shielded and unshielded multiconductor, twisted pair and composite as well as coaxial and triaxial cables.

Jeff Mahall, director of marketing for Draka Comteq USA, said the company will use the union of the two companies to increase its focus on specialty markets, including robotics, military and defense, medical facilities and power plants.

Three key reasons for the move, he said, earlier this month during a press conference at the BICSI winter conference in Orlando, Fla., are shared engineering and manufacturing expertise, fixed cost reductions and greater capacity and throughput.


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