Spartanburg-based AFL expands global footprint via partnership in India

Spartanburg-based AFL said it has partnered with the start-up Citadel Intelligent Systems in the development of a 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India

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Founded in 1984, AFL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Fujikura Ltd.

Spartanburg-based fiber optic solutions manufacturer AFL is expanding into India.

AFL has partnered with the Bangalore-based start-up Citadel Intelligent Systems in the development of a 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the city’s Doddanekundi Industrial Area.

The companies said under the AFL-CIS partnership, CIS will provide the “manufacturing excellence,” sales, and marketing support. AFL will provide CIS with knowledge engineering, product, application, and engineering support.

Jody Gallagher, president and CEO of AFL, said government-led programs in India, including the “Make in India,” “Smart Cities,” and “Digital India” initiatives have accelerated the demand for high-speed broadband, increased investment in information technology, and telecommunications.

“India has evolved as a digitally advanced market,” Gallagher said in a statement. “We believe that our partnership with CIS will open new avenues for us, help in tapping new customer segments and remain competitive in the business.”

“AFL’s optical assembly capabilities are recognized for innovation and high performance,” Gallagher added. “Above all, India has the right talent pool, and by manufacturing in India we will be able to provide customization and ‘quick-turn manufacturing’ to support the specific requirements of our customers.”

The companies said the partnership will bring many robust fiber distribution and cable management solutions to India, such as the latest fiber cable designs that “address the growing innovation required to manage significant high-fiber count applications within data centers.”

The partnership is primarily expected to provide customized fiber optic solutions for hyperscale and data center markets, and harsh environments.

“We are delighted to partner with AFL who is among the top three suppliers of hyperscale and data center solutions globally,” said KK Shetty, CEO and managing director of CIS, in a statement. “With our collective industry experience and technical expertise, we are confident of fostering the global optical fiber market with our unparalleled products and solutions.”

The companies said the AFL-CIS partnership plans to double its workforce by March 2018.

Founded in 1984, AFL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan with operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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