Clearview, Ignis sign international supply agreement

FEBRUARY 12, 2010 -- Clearfield Inc. and Ignis ASA of Norway have signed a mutual supply agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the Korean manufacturing center of Ignis will be the preferred supplier of optical components to Clearfield. Ignis will sell this integrated offering exclusively through Clearfield.

FEBRUARY 12, 2010 -- Clearfield Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD) and Ignis ASA of Norway have signed a mutual supply agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the Korean manufacturing center of Ignis will be the preferred supplier of optical components to Clearfield. Ignis will sell this integrated offering exclusively through Clearfield.

Ignis ASA comprises three subsidiaries, including 69.3% ownership in Ignis Fira in Korea, the wholly owned Ignis Photonyx in Denmark, and Ignis Syntune in Sweden.

“We are proud to team our wafer fabrication and array technology with the superior optical component packaging of the most innovative fiber management supplier in North America,” said Matt Lee, chief operating officer of Ignis ASA. “As the leading provider of optical component products to the largest FTTH deployments in the world, Ignis is pleased to bring our standards of quality and delivery to Clearfield.”

Ignis provides 1xN splitters based on planar lightwave circuit (PLC) technology to Clearfield, which the infrastructure supplier incorporates into its Clearview Cassettes for use in the FieldSmart Fiber Crossover Distribution System (FxDS) and what a source described as "a specific outside plant package for the FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center outside plant cabinet."

“Clearfield has designed an optical component package that has been field-proven in the harshest of environments. Thousands have been deployed and have weathered the extremes of Alaska winters to Alabama summers,” explains Johnny Hill, chief operating officer of Clearfield. “Our partnership with Ignis cements our ability to provide an increasing volume of highly reliable, quality products.”

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