Swedish plant expansions


To ramp up production and marketing activities, metro DWDM system supplier Lumentis AB has doubled the capacity of its headquarters in Stockholm with another 10,000ft2 by expanding to another floor.

The new facility will house up to 80 staff within the next two years. Amenities include the relocation of production and marketing staff, space for a pre-shipping test plant with new production test equipment, offices for client education, installation and support, component logistics and a storage area.

The expansion is sooner than scheduled and "well timed for producing and delivering volumes of our unamplified system for metro networks," says CEO Anders Lundbergdue, due to "consistent growth and new sales forecasts".

In April Lumentis received USD19m in second-round funding from Deutsche Bank and optical component supplier Santec (see May issue, page 16). The Santec partnership includes a strategic investment, R&D cooperation and expansion the Asian market. (See Sweden Focus on page 25.)

Now that its new manufacturing site in Jarfalla, Sweden is on-line after completion in March, US component maker ADC claims it is the first optical component maker with the ability to make tunable lasers in volume for commercial use.

Vertically integrated manufacturing, including wafer fabrication through final packaging, qualification and reliability testing, enable quality and performance to be tested and managed by ADC. The plant employs over 150 staff.

At March's OFC 2002 ADC demonstrated its latest Anywave NYW-60-B tunable laser for DWDM applications, which integrates a wavelength locker into the package. The NYW-60-B is based on ADC's GCSR (grating-assisted codirectional coupler with rear sampled reflector) chip.

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