AUGUST 25, 2008 -- JDSU held its first-ever JDSU Optical Communications Supplier Event last week at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Milpitas, CA. Over a two-day period, business strategy discussions between JDSU and its optical suppliers were centered around the theme "Driving Operational Excellence Through Lean Principles."
In addition to business discussions, an awards ceremony was held to recognize key optical suppliers for their outstanding performance in the areas of Technology, Quality, Responsiveness, Delivery, and Cost. Winners included AC Photonics Inc., Analog Devices Inc., Belton Technology, Comcore Technologies Inc., Eudyna Devices Inc., Fabrinet, and Marlow Industries, a subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated.
JDSU partners with optical suppliers for mechanical, optical and electronic elements as well as contract manufacturing services to build optical component solutions. These solutions are then used by network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers to build or upgrade their optical network infrastructures.
In recent years, the amount of network traffic and the unpredictability of traffic traveling over optical networks have soared due to the rise in popularity of on-demand applications such as YouTube, iTunes, and MySpace among consumers. As bandwidth demands rise, NEMs have begun to streamline their operations to meet service provider needs for rapid and cost-effective network buildouts. In turn, optical vendors have been required to implement Lean initiatives to reduce waste and cost in order to meet the NEMs' requirements for faster turnaround times.