Focuz Manufacturing and Aifotec form strategic partnership

Aifotec Fiberoptics GmbH based in Meiningen, Germany, and Focuz Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand, have decided to expand their relationship by forming an official strategic partnership. The companies plan to create a design and manufacturing service for cost-effective photonic assemblies.

Aifotec Fiberoptics GmbH based in Meiningen, Germany, and Focuz Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand, have decided to expand their relationship by forming an official strategic partnership. The companies plan to create a design and manufacturing service for cost-effective photonic assemblies.

The expertise within Focuz and Aifotec complement each other well, the companies say.

Aifotec’s hybrid integration technology enables packaging process development for optical engines using glass, ceramic, polymer, and silicon benches, using either eutectic bonding or other gluing techniques.

Focuz is a supplier of volume manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain management services for opto-electrical components and systems, including fiber-optic cabling, die- and wirebonding, and packaging up to final product level.

There is growing demand for contract design, manufacturing, and packaging of electro-optical components and subassemblies in bandwidth-demanding applications for high-volume consumer and data communication markets, according to Aifotec. These markets are driven by cost sensitivity right from the start of the design process. However, to meet the challenge, new process technologies and materials needing to be used.

This requires more than just brute force mass production capability – it requires a smart, collaborative approach and careful selection of materials and processes, as well as a design for manufacturability (DFM) approach and appropriate experience in the physics of photonics and electro-optical coupling, the companies say.

“Together with Aifotec we can offer the customer a wider scope of services and an effective cycling from prototypes to final product, and optimize the total product cost and the process for manufacturing,” said Dr. Teera Achariypaopan, president and CEO of Focuz.

“When looking for cost effective prototyping and process development, we find the cooperation with Focuz to be an outstanding partnership for us,” said Dr. Gunther Vollrath, CEO and founder of Aifotec GmbH. “We can offer our customers a complete service chain all the way to a final, pig-tailed, and packaged product at module or system level.”

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