Corning Optical Communications Australia, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, hosted a grand opening ceremony today for a new manufacturing facility for optical connectivity (FDH) cabinets at its Clayton site, near Melbourne. The opening ceremony was attended by Sen. Stephen Conroy, minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
The plant opening completes the third and final phase of Corning’s commitment to provide local manufacturing and assembly capacity – in this case, key Fibre-to-the-Home technology – to meet the needs of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.
Clark Kinlin, executive vice president, Corning Telecommunications Business Group, said “We are pleased to celebrate this important milestone in the expansion of our Clayton facility. As the primary supplier of passive optical infrastructure to the National Broadband Network initiative, this expansion enables us to deliver a broader portfolio of optical solutions while creating local jobs.”
Corning has invested approximately $40 million in its Clayton operations, related equipment, and personnel training. Its local presence and community commitment have enabled Corning to create a new business opportunity within the greater Clayton area by locally sourcing sheet metal housing for the FDH cabinets.
“Corning is a primary NBN Co supplier and has developed cutting-edge optical technology that will help network reliability, improve deployment speed and reduce costs. The fibre being used in the NBN rollout is the most future-proof technology available – it is cost effective, reliable and has incredible capacity to deliver Australia’s broadband needs now and into the future,” Senator Conroy said.
Rainer Dittrich, managing director, Corning Optical Communications Australia, declared Corning’s readiness for the NBN ramp. “The completion of the last phase of our plan gives us approximately four times our original footprint and twice the production space, as well as a significant national distribution center. The new manufacturing facility is world-class caliber and meets capacity requirements in line with the peak NBN deployment schedule. ”
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About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.
About Corning Optical Communications Australia
Corning Optical Communications Australia, a leading telecomms supplier to all of the major telcos, power utilities, and railways in Australia and New Zealand, has served Australia since 1948 when Austral Standard Cables were established in Maidstone, Victoria. Ownership evolved over the years and Corning Optical Communications Pty. Ltd. was formed in 2000 with the acquisition of MM Cables Communication Products and Siemens Communication Cables Pty. Ltd. Currently, manufacturing facilities are located at 74-84 Main Road, Clayton in Melbourne, Victoria Australia 3168 from which Corning provides national coverage.
Corning was named the primary supplier for passive optical cable and connectivity solutions for both residential single-family home (SFU) and multi-dwelling unit (MDU) applications in Australia’s national high-speed broadband deployment. Corning was an early supplier and innovator in field trials and has continued to hire local employees as well as invest and expand its facilities to keep pace with the National Broadband Network deployment.
The Clayton facility manufactures a wide range of indoor and outdoor optical fibre
cables for underground and aerial applications, MDF blocks, factory-assembled optical fibre terminals, and factory-assembled FlexNAP™ System distribution cables for FTTX
deployments. In addition to the locally manufactured products, Corning Optical Communications Australia supplies and supports the full range of Corning Optical Communications products.
The Clayton facility is certified to Quality AS/NZS 9001:2008, Environment AS/NZS 14001:2004, Occupational Health & Safety AS/NZS 4801:2001, and ISO9001:2000.