DSM, Corning extend optical fiber coating agreement

DSM and Corning Inc. have signed a new, multi-year contract that extends and builds upon the two technology companies’ more than 30-year supply relationship and track record in providing telecom operators with optical fiber products.

DSM and Corning Inc. have signed a new, multi-year contract that extends and builds upon the two technology companies’ more than 30-year supply relationship and track record in providing telecom operators with optical fiber products.

"The advanced DeSolite coatings that DSM supplies to Corning for the production of our CPC coated optical fibers are important components in the handling and performance of these products," says Barry Linchuck, division vice president and director of worldwide marketing, Corning Optical Fiber. "We are pleased to extend our strategic supplier relationship with DSM. When combined with Corning's advanced process technology, DSM's DeSolite coating formulations help protect the enhanced attributes of our fiber, such as low attenuation and resistance to microbending."

"It is vital that the owners of optical fiber investments have confidence in the systems they deploy in terms of reliability, now and in the future, particularly as optical fiber and related coating technology continues to advance," explains Rob Crowell, sr. business director, functional materials, DSM. "The ongoing Corning-DSM strategic relationship combines Corning's excellence in optical fiber processing with DSM's excellence in advanced coating formulations, giving network operators confidence they are getting a reliable product manufactured by the world's leading optical fiber producer that is robust enough to 'future-proof' their networks."

DSM coatings supplied to Corning provide protection against potential challenges. Designed to be mechanically stripped, these coatings are optimized for many single- and multi-fiber cable designs, including loose tube, ribbon, slotted core, and tight buffer cables.

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