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AFL acquires Draka OPGW business


May 21, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

May 20, 2009

AFL Telecommunications is purchasing Draka’s Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) business (based in Monchengladbach, Germany). This acquisition positions the company, it says, as the leading OPGW manufacturer worldwide, increasing its reach in additional countries of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“The combined business synergies will enhance our technologies,
increase manufacturing efficiencies and leverage the value of what we
offer our customers,” said Jody Gallagher, AFL’s president and CEO.
“Not only will our capacity increase, but it will enable us to enhance
our capability and flexibility along with our ability to meet the
increasing demands of our customers.”

Optical ground wire is a dual-functioning cable that serves as ground
wire for power lines while providing a path for the transmission of
voice, video or data signals by incorporating optical fibers into the
design of the cable. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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