ElectroniCast Consultants, a market and technology forecast consultancy addressing the fiber-optic communications industry, recently released its annual study of the use of certain fiber cleavers and strippers for the purpose of optical fiber preparation processing. According to ElectroniCast, the global use of fiber cleavers and fiber strippers is forecast to increase from $38.7 million in 2016 to $42.6 million in 2021—then the value is forecast to increase at a much faster pace to the year 2026, the organization said.
“Field-installable fiber-optic connectors, fusion-splice use, and other optical fiber preparation processing tasks are driving the need for accurate fiber preparation and cleaving,” said Stephen Montgomery, principal analyst of the fiber-optics group at ElectroniCast.
The study finds that the Asia Pacific (APAC) region employed nearly 160,000 new fiber cleaver and fiber stripper units in 2016. The APAC region is forecast to maintain the leadership role in relative market share in both volume/quantity and value. China, Korea and Japan are leading consumers of the fiber cleaver and fiber stripper units in the study, but the study also recognizes India as a rapid adopter of optical fiber communication technologies.
“Due to the deployment of fiber-optic cable assemblies in data centers, as well as continued deployment of fiber-to-the-home, and other optical fiber deployment, the need for easy-to-use, rugged, durable and accurate fiber-optic preparation and termination devices are increasing in demand,” Montgomery added.
Within the report, the instrument/machine categories are segmented by weight of the device. “The average selling price differences between instrument/machines (stripper, cleaver, and combo) and tools (shears, strippers, scissors and pen-style scribes) is substantial,” ElectroniCast said.