Polatis to open production plant in Poland

June 13, 2007
JUNE 13, 2007 -- Strong market demand for optical switch products is fueling the need for third production facility, say Polatis representatives.

JUNE 13, 2007 -- Polatis Inc. (search for Polatis), manufacturer of optical switches, today announced it will open a new production facility in Poland, further increasing its manufacturing and development to support growing customer demand for its optical switch technology.

The new Poland facility, which is due to be operational by early autumn 2007, will augment the production capacity of its other facilities, whose total demand is expected to triple this calendar year, says the company. The new facility will concentrate on manufacture of standard products for telecom and instrumentation markets, while existing facilities in Cambridge and Boston will focus on specialized defense products and new technology development.

Polatis says the Poland facility will feature state-of-the-art manufacturing, test,and qualification capabilities and will eventually support 100 people. The new production team have recently completed a year's training at the company's Cambridge facility.

"This is an exciting period of growth for our company, and the new facility in Poland illustrates the increasing demand for our high performance products in the marketplace," contends Dave Lewis, CEO of Polatis. "We selected Poland as an ideal location for expansion due to its combination of a highly talented workforce and excellent cost advantages."

"The new facility will enable us to ramp up production and scale our operations to meet both near-term customer needs and large volume programs where we are in trials now, such as those in FTTH and backbone network operations," he adds.

The announcement comes as the company prepares for its participation at NXTcomm, to be held June 19-21 in Chicago. Live product demonstrations of the next generation of optical switch technology will take place in the Polatis Booth, #5755.

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