Datwyler investing in Swiss, Chinese fiber-cable plants
Company has been upgrading its Altdorf, Switzerland plant and will open a new plant in Taicang in 2014.
Datwyler Cabling Solutions, which has produced fiber-optic cables in Switzerland for 27 years and has also maintained manufacturing operations in China for 15 years, recently announced it has been investing—and will continue to invest—tens of millions of Swiss francs in fiber-optic-cable production facilities in the two countries. The company recalled, “Twenty-seven years ago on the Altdorf site Datwyler was one of the first Swiss companies to begin producing fiber-optic cable, and Datwyler has been manufacturing in China for 15 years now. Datwyler Cabling Solutions intends using these many years of know-how to profit from the rapidly growing demand for fiber-optic cable. To this end, the company will be investing a further 10 million Swiss francs in in its fiber-optic cable production facilities.
“Since 2011 roughly 30 million Swiss francs—around 24.3 million euros—have been invested in the Swiss cabling plant. By the end of 2013 17 million will have gone into modernization and the acquisition of new production facilities, 13 million into renewing the building infrastructure.”
In the future, Datwyler says, it will operate two centers of excellence for the production of fiber-optic cable. “The technically sophisticated cables for outdoor use will be fabricated exclusively in Altdorf, while the personnel-intensive cables for indoor applications will be manufactured and assembled in Datwyler’s new plant in Taicang.” The company said it will commission its Taicang, China production facility in 2014.
Pictured below is an aerial view of Datwyler Cabling Solutions’ Altdorf, Switzerland facility.