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Omron acquires NHK's optical coupler biz

Posted: 03 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Omron Corp.? NHK Spring Co. Ltd? optical couplers? fiber-to-the-home? FTTH?

Omron Corp. has finalized its agreement with NHK Spring Co. Ltd and completed the screening process of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, enabling it to acquire NHK Spring's fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) optical coupler business on Nov. 1, as outlined in a preliminary agreement between the two companies.

Starting November, the FTTH optical coupler business, based in NHK's Yokohama head office, will be operated from Omron's Kusatsu factory, according to Omron's announcement. Omron will maintain the existing supply chain for the immediate future to ensure a stable supply of products.

With this acquisition, Omron aims to expand its business in the FTTH optical coupler market by leveraging the strong customer base of NHK. Omron also plans to further strengthen its line-up of optical couplers by combining NHK's quartz optical waveguide technology with its own stacked polymer optical waveguide technology to create new high-performance, cost-competitive products. In addition, the acquisition is expected to stimulate sales of Omron's optical switches and CWDM mux/demux modules.

With this acquisition and the synergies it is expected to generate, Omron predicts that its optical communications component business will achieve total sales in fiscal 2006 of approximately $17 million.

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