OFS fitel specialty photonics division (avon, ct) expands Acal BFI Distribution Agreement Into Germany, Austria, Italy And Switzerland



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OFS, Specialty Photonics Division, announces that it has expanded its distribution agreement with Acal BFI - a division of Acal plc (FTSE: ACL) - into Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. For over 10 years, Acal BFI has been a distributor for OFS in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The new agreement, which will be effective from 1 December 2011, will continue to enable Acal BFI to support specialty photonic products manufactured at OFS' Avon, Connecticut, USA facility. These products include specialty optical fibers and cables, termination kits, test sets and connectors. "Acal BFI has the proven ability to provide our customers with first-class service and support from its extensive network of specialist engineers throughout Europe," said John Earnhardt, Senior Sales Manager of OFS, Specialty Photonics Division. "This has been demonstrated by the support that they have given to customers in the territories for which Acal BFI has an existing agreement with OFS. Enhanced collaboration between OFS, Specialty Photonics Division, and Acal BFI will help our customers to effectively implement emerging technologies in the diverse areas that OFS serves, including electric power, industrial automation and aerospace, as well as medical devices and equipment." Philippe Gruson, President, Acal BFI, comments: "OFS has the industry's most extensive portfolio of specialty fibre products. This will enable Acal BFI to offer customers greater choice and flexibility to meet their most challenging commercial and technical objectives, and open opportunities for customers to develop new applications for their products. The combination of Acal BFI specialist commercial and technical expertise, together with complementary technologies and products (such as optical transmitters and receivers), means that Acal BFI can help customers to reduce cost and time to market at every stage of the design and production cycle." For further information, please visit: www.acaltechnology.com/uk/ofs About OFS OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, optical fiber cable, FTTX, optical connectivity and specialty photonics products. Our manufacturing and research divisions work together to provide innovative products and solutions that traverse many different applications as they link people and machines worldwide. Between continents, between cities, around neighborhoods, and into homes and businesses of digital consumers we provide the right optical fiber, optical cable and components for efficient, cost-effective transmission. OFS' corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and includes technology powerhouses such as AT&T (NYSE: T) and Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent, NYSE: ALU). Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a multi-billion dollar global leader in optical communications. Headquartered in Norcross (near Atlanta) Georgia, USA, OFS is a global provider with facilities in Avon, Connecticut; Carrollton, Georgia; Somerset, New Jersey; and Sturbridge, Massachusetts, as well as in Denmark, Germany and Russia. For more information, please visit www.ofsoptics.com About OFS, Specialty Photonics Division OFS, Specialty Photonics Division, is an industry leader in optical fiber design and manufacturing for highly specialized and customized applications. We supply advanced optical fibers, including specialty multimode, specialty single-mode, rare-earth doped, polarization-maintaining and other nonstandard fibers. We also manufacture specialty cables and connectors, and other specialty products, such as high-power laser components. For more information about the Specialty Photonics Division, please visit: www.SpecialtyPhotonics.com ACAL BFI's in-house design, manufacturing and logistics services include, copper & fibre-optic cable assembly, quick-turn prototype PCB production, CAD and specialist test equipment.