Furukawa Electric LatAm, a subsidiary of the Japan-based Furukawa Electric Group, today opened a new manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Baja California, focused on the production of solutions for the communications market.
The new plant will cover 6,000 square meters with two operating units – one for the production of fiber optic cables and cordages and the other for optical equipment, cordages and accessories assembly.
The first phase of operations, which represents an investment of US$ 4.5 million, will concentrate on producing fiber optic cables and cordages for optical fiber access. During its first year, the new Furukawa Electric plant is expected to generate 150 direct and 30 indirect jobs.
"With this new unit, Furukawa Electric Group plans to consolidate its leadership role in the manufacture and sale of optical products and solutions for telecommunication networks infrastructure," said Foad Shaikhzadeh, president of Furukawa Electric LatAm and senior corporate vice-president of Furukawa Electric Group.
According to Shaikhzadeh, indoor and outdoor network infrastructure solutions is one of the broad business areas of Furukawa Electric Group, and includes products and equipment for both fiber optic access networks (FTTx environments) and for the application of the Internet of Things (IOT).
"The new Mexicali plant offers both geographic and logistical advantages that support our goal of supplying the American market. In addition, with its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the location offers excellent exportation capabilities to other continents. The facility also offers ready access to technical laboratories and a qualified workforce," Shaikhzadeh stated.
Close to the United States, the plant will allow Furukawa Electric Group to rapidly and flexibly meet its clients' needs through its OFS subsidiary, a leader in the American optical fiber and fiber optic cable market that emerged after Furukawa’s acquisition of Lucent Technologies. This approach will complement the value-added services offered by OFS.
Since 1997, the group has also operated another company in Mexicali, namely Furukawa Automotive Mexico (Furukawa Mexico, S.A. – FURMEX), which manufactures electrical devices for the activation of air bags; fuse boxes, various harnesses and injection molded plastic parts for the automotive market.
"The opening of our second Mexicali facility reinforces our investment in the economic, social and technological development of the region," Shaikhzadeh commented. The company also operates two automotive harness plants in Juarez, Chihuahua.
Founded in 1884 in Japan, Furukawa Electric Group today has more than 50,000 employees and 120 companies around the globe. The company's operations are currently focused on six key business areas: telecommunications, energy, automotive, electronic parts, construction and architecture, and new business.