AFL recently hosted a customer appreciation day at its Mönchengladbach, Germany location in celebration of several milestones including 120 years of manufacturing, 40 years of aerial cable production and 10 years as part of AFL. Visitors from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa attended day-long festivities to commemorate this special occasion.
The invitation-only celebration targeted AFL’s key energy customers across the EMEA region and was keynoted by Professor Dr.-Ing. Albert Moser with RWTH Aachen University, who spoke about the impact of energy transition on the transmission grid. Kurt Dallas, president of AFL Product Solutions, along with AFL’s EMEA senior management team, attended the event which included tours and live demonstrations.
“Strategic investments into new manufacturing technologies together with vast experience from a long history of cable manufacturing have supported the growth of the business as well as the extension of the product portfolio,” commented Dallas. “AFL is focused on continued growth worldwide and our operations in Germany is an integral part of that strategy.”
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Demonstrations were provided throughout the day and included a live installation of one of AFL’s newest products, the 48-fiber AccessWrap, which showcased how fiber is deployed over power lines. Additional AFL product demonstrations in the demo zone included:
-- SpiderWeb Ribbon (SWR) fiber splicing;
-- Fujikura fusion splicers with the newly-released Bluetooth cleavers;
-- Additional optical connectivity, optical distribution frames and wall-mounted boxes.
Visitors were given a tour of the company's German factory and shown the facility's new customer showroom, consisting of the latest developments in cable technology and innovation including AFL's 144-fiber SkyWrap, 48-fiber AccessWrap, OSP MicroCore using 200 µm fiber, Wrapping Tube Cable (WTC) with SWR, as well as OPGW and OPPC insulators.
The evening concluded with a seated dinner with a restaurant setting in the factory building.
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