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14 January 2016

II‐VI Inc expands manufacturing assembly capacity for 980nm pump lasers

Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA has announced the expansion of its 980nm pump laser assembly lines with a new facility in Calamba, Philippines and additional manufacturing capacity in Shenzhen, China.

The continued growth in wired and wireless internet traffic is driving a rapid expansion of the optical communications infrastructure worldwide, notes the firm. II-VI's 980nm pump lasers are the engines of optical amplifiers that are used to boost the power of the transmitted optical signal at periodic intervals along each transmission line in terrestrial and submarine fiber-optic links. With this additional capacity, II-VI can hence respond to the rising demand for its 980nm pump laser modules.

"This additional manufacturing capacity allows us to address the strong growth in demand for 980nm pump lasers from our customers worldwide," says Simon Loten, general manager of the II-VI Pump Laser Division. "With this investment we continue to demonstrate our long-term and stable commitment to serve our customers globally in the growing optical communications market," he adds.

The new II-VI manufacturing facility in Calamba, Philippines, houses automated assembly lines and expands the laser sub-assembly manufacturing capacity already available in Zurich, Switzerland. Laser sub-assemblies are shipped to II-VI operations in Shenzhen, China to complete the pump laser module assembly.

The manufacturing capacity increase in the Philippines and in China will begin contributing to II-VI's 980nm pump laser production output in first-quarter 2016 and will be fully operational in the second quarter.

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