APRIL 1, 2009 -- Fujitsu Ltd. (search Lightwave for Fujitsu) has established a wholly owned optical module subsidiary, Fujitsu Optical Components Ltd., which comprises its optical module business subsidiary Fujitsu Optical Components Manufacturing Ltd., and part of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
Fujitsu had announced its intention to make this move on February 17. With the establishment of the new company, the sales, research and development, and manufacturing functions of Fujitsu's optical module business have been integrated under a unified management structure. The move will have several benefits, Fujitsu believes:
- By becoming independent, Fujitsu Optical Components aims to increase the speed and flexibility of its management and develop closer ties with customers.
- With regard to manufacturing, the goal is to integrate all optical module manufacturing functions under a unified management structure to achieve higher efficiency and flexibility.
- With regard to development, the consolidation of the optical module business of Fujitsu Ltd. and Fujitsu Laboratories will accelerate product development to better meet market needs.
- With regard to sales, the global sales structure and marketing function will be strengthened to enhance customer support and better react to market needs.
Fujitsu's optical component business has traditionally focused on the sales, development, and manufacturing of high-end products such as 10G MSA and lithium niobate modulators, while Fujitsu Optical Components Manufacturing specialized in low-cost manufacturing of devices used in low-speed modules such as ROSAs and BIDIs. Fujitsu Laboratories, on the other hand, focused on the research and development of cutting-edge optical module technologies.
The new company consists of the optical components business of Fujitsu Ltd., Fujitsu Optical Components Manufacturing, and the divisions of Fujitsu Laboratories responsible for optical module-related research. It will have approximately 550 employees.