July 1, 2007
In a cash-and-stock deal, Gooch & Housego (Ilminster, England) acquired Sifam Fibre Optics (Torquay, England) for $10 million dollars.

Gooch & Housego acquires Sifam

In a cash-and-stock deal, Gooch & Housego (Ilminster, England) acquired Sifam Fibre Optics (Torquay, England) for $10 million dollars. Sifam manufactures passive and active fiber-optic components and integrated modules and systems incorporating fiber optics, sources, detectors and associated electronics for the biomedical, telecom, industrial and aerospace and defense industries.

Gooch & Housego CEO Gareth Jones said the acquisition of Sifam will expand Gooch & Housego’s product range and enable the company to address new applications and markets. “We now have the ability to address a number of exciting new opportunities in the fields of microscopy and diagnostic instrumentation by combining our technologies and resources,” he said.

Innocor to broaden JDSU test portfolio

JDSU (Milpitas, CA) signed an agreement to purchase Innocor (Ottawa, ON, Canada), a provider of broadband test solutions for network equipment manufacturers. Innocor’s products complement JDSU’s existing Lab and Production test solutions and will be integrated with JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement (CommTest) business, one of the leading providers of test solutions for the research and development, service verification testing, and production needs of network equipment manufacturers.

Innocor expands JDSU’s product portfolio for the lab and production test market by capitalizing on a number of key assets, including Innocor’s successful TestPoint product family and the close customer relationships Innocor has with leading network equipment manufacturers worldwide.

FTTx merger focuses on blown fiber

The boards of directors of Emtelle (London, England) and Dantex (Sønder Felding, Denmark) agreed to a merger of the two companies. Emtelle is the leading telecommunication duct supplier in the U.K. and a world leader in blown-fiber technology. Dantex is the leading supplier of multiduct systems in Scandinavia. The merger will allow the combined businesses to offer a comprehensive product range designed to meet all network construction requirements for fiber-to-the-home/node/premise (FTTx). George Brown and Mads A. Høgfeldt, the current CEOs of Emtelle and Dantex respectively, are appointed joint CEOs of the merged group and will be based in Hawick, Scotland.

Emcore opens facility in China

Components and subsystems provider for the broadband, fiber optic, satellite, and terrestrial solar power markets Emcore (Albuquerque, NM) is now shipping product from its recently opened manufacturing facility in Langfang City, China, near Beijing. Emcore China currently occupies 22,000 square feet with a Class-10,000 cleanroom for optoelectronic device packaging.

The facility will be packaging optical subassemblies for broader applications of storage-area networks, local-area networks, cable TV, and telecom markets.

Agilent to acquire Adaptif Photonics

An agreement has been signed byAgilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) and Adaptif Photonics (Hamburg, Germany) for Agilent to acquire Adaptif, a privately held company that provides technology and products used for polarization analysis and control for testing optical components and systems for telecom and other sensing and laser markets. According to Agilent, Adaptif’s technology and intellectual property complements Agilent’s product offerings and enhance Agilent’s instrument portfolio for fiber-optic test.

The acquisition will provide the customers of both companies with a full spectrum of test solutions. Adaptif has a close association with the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. All Adaptif employees are expected to join Agilent.

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Also in the news . . .

Optical-networking-equipment provider OpVista (Milpitas, CA) has joined Internet2, the advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community, to collaborate on high-spectral-efficiency Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 10 GbE dense wavelength-division multiplexing, and reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) applications. . . . OpTek Systems (Abingdon, England), manufacturer of laser processing tools for the fiber-optic and micromachining markets, has formed OpTek Systems (OSI) in Greenville, SC, in response to the rising demand for laser processing of optical fibers. . . . Long Lines, a telecommunications company serving more than 100 communities in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, will install a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network supplied by Wave7 Optics (Alpharetta, GA), a supplier of standards-based FTTP equipment, and Embarq Logistics, a division of Embarq (Overland Park, KS); the network is the only universal FTTP platform capable of delivering standards-based gigabit and Gigabit Ethernet passive optical-network technologies simultaneously from one chassis.

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