FISA Increase of Manufacturing Capacity in Optical-fibers Factory in Brazil
- Support for the optical fiber cable demand in Brazil that stable growth is expected. -

September 2, 2013


Furukawa Industrial S.A. Produtos Electricos, (head office in Curituba Parana state Brazil: here after FISA:(note 1)) subsidiary of Furukawa Electric, is increasing its production capacity of optical fiber manufacturing factory in Sorocaba/ SP Brazil. Manufacturing will start in the second half of 2014, and total investment will be reaching US$ 18 million (approx. 1.8 billion yen). With this investment, optical fiber manufacturing capacity in the country will be expanding to 2.3 million km of fibers/year. In Brazil, the soccer world cup in 2014 and Olympic Games in 2016 are upcoming, and combined with broad band installation plan; Plano Nacional de Banda Larga (PNBL), further expansion of optical fiber cable demand is expected.

The background of the optical fiber manufacturing capacity increase

The government of Brazil is promoting the national broad band plan, (PNLB), to expand and enhance domestic information communication network. The optical fiber cable demand in Brazil is expected to increase from 4 to 5.5 - 5.8 million km of optical fibers /year, supported by the expansion of the broad band laying demand focused on fixed access (FTTx / HFC) and mobile Nets 3-4G (LTE).

To meet this demand and to contribute, in the short term, in Brazil, this investment to increase optical fiber manufacturing was decided. Optical fiber manufacturing capacity of FISA will be increased to 2.3 million km of fibers/year; this volume represents an optical fiber demand for 40% of the Brazilian requirement.

Overview of this investment

Total investment: US$ 18 million (approx. 1.8 billion yen)
Plant operation: The second half of 2014
Products: Optical fiber
Location: Sorocaba Sao Paulo state


(note 1)FISA: Since the establishment in 1974, FISA has been in the business of manufacturing and sales of optical fiber cable and LAN related products focused in Central and South America. Currently, FISA has optical fiber cable manufacturing factory in 3 counties (Brazil, Argentina and Columbia: manufacturing is scheduled to start in Feb. 2014) as the Central and South America base.