MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany & SPARTANBURG, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Germany—AFL,
a manufacturer of fibre optic cable, accessories and equipment, hosted a
customer appreciation day at its Mönchengladbach, Germany location in
celebration of several milestones—120 years of manufacturing, 40 years
of aerial cable production and 10 years as part of AFL. Visitors from
across Europe, the Middle East and Africa attended day-long festivities
to commemorate this special occasion.
The invitation-only celebration targeted AFL’s key energy customers
across the EMEA region and was keynoted by Professor Dr.-Ing. Albert
Moser with RWTH Aachen University who spoke about the impact of energy
transition on the transmission grid. Kurt
Dallas, president of AFL Product Solutions, along with AFL’s EMEA
senior management team, attended the event which included tours and live
“Strategic investments into new manufacturing technologies together with
vast experience from a long history of cable manufacturing have
supported the growth of the business as well as the extension of the
product portfolio,” commented Dallas. “AFL is focused on continued
growth worldwide and our operations in Germany is an integral part of
Demonstrations were provided throughout the day and included a live
installation of one of AFL’s newest products, 48-fibre AccessWrap™,
which showcased how fibre is deployed over power lines. Additional
demonstrations in the demo zone included:
Ribbon® (SWR®) fibre splicing;
Fujikura fusion splicers with
the newly-released Bluetooth®
Test and inspection equipment including FlexScan®
(Fiber Optic Connector Inspection System) and Optical
Loss & Power Testing;
Additional optical connectivity, optical
distribution frames and wall-mounted boxes.
Visitors were given a tour of the factory and shown the new customer
showroom consisting of the latest development in cable technology and
innovation including 144-fibre SkyWrap,
MicroCore® using 200 µm fibre, Wrapping
Tube Cable (WTC) with SWR as well as OPGW
The evening concluded with a seated dinner with a restaurant setting in
the factory building.
AFL provides a full portfolio of optical fibre cables and accessories
for the energy market, covering standard as well as tailored solutions
according to customer specifications around the globe. To learn
more about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
About AFL Germany
Kabelwerke Rheydt was founded in 1898 and by 1910 copper
telecommunication cables were being manufactured. Nearly 70 years later,
the organization was manufacturing optical fibre cables including
metallic overhead lines and initiated optical fibre drawing operations
several years later. In 1991, Kabelwerke Rheydt started manufacturing
overhead lines with fibres in stainless steel tubes. The company
transitioned into French ALCATEL S.A. in 1992 and in 2000 became NEXANS
S.A. In 2004, Dutch DRAKA assumed the fibre business from ALCATEL and in
2009 America Fujikura Ltd (AFL) acquired DRAKA´s business segment
“Optical Aerial Cables” and founded AFL Telecommunications GmbH,
GERMANY, with 120 employees.
About America Fujikura Ltd. (AFL)
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing
end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and
industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s
products are in use in over 130 countries and include fibre optic cable
and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant
equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers
and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data
center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.
Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S.,
Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
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