May 1, 2015
F-Pacific Optical Communications Company Ltd. (F-Pacific) today announced the establishment of its North American headquarters in Vancouver and plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities elsewhere in B.C. The company’s products, currently manufactured in Richmond, are exported to China to supply the exploding fiber optics market. F-Pacific says its plans to increase production will “generate hundreds of jobs” in the Lower Mainland.
F-Pacific is the Canadian subsidiary of China Fiber Optic Network System Group Ltd., China’s largest provider of fiber optic network offerings.
F-Pacific said in a release it will also operate the “first” zirconia ferrule blanks production line in North America in Surrey, B.C.
Bei Nie, CEO of F-Pacific, added that the firm is the “the only company with the technology to manufacture these ceramic ferrule blanks in North America.”
F-Pacific said its decision to manufacture in Canada was influenced in part by stronger laws protecting intellectual property. Also, Vancouver’s climate is “ideal for the production process as the quality of the ceramic ferrule blanks is affected by temperature, humidity and air clarity.”
In addition, it said the production of the ceramic ferrule blanks requires high consumptions of electricity and B.C.’s inexpensive electricity allows for increased production at lower cost.
F-Pacific said it “plans to expand its business to include the supplying of the necessary equipment to improve Canada’s fiber optics network.”