Omron to buy NHK Spring’s optical coupler business


Tokyo, Japan— Making plans to expand more heavily into optical coupler markets, Omron Corp . has reached a preliminary agreement to buy a portion of NHK Spring's optical coupler business. The acquisition includes the component micro-fabrication technologies and film deposition technologies required to produce high-performance quartz optical waveguides and the development, manufacture, and sale of optical coupler modules that incorporate these optical waveguides. NHK Spring supplies optical couplers in North America and had total sales of 1.3 billion yen ($11.1 million) in fiscal 2005.

Omron claims to be the first company to commercialize an optical coupler module incorporating proprietary stacked polymer optical waveguide technology. It aims to expand its optical coupler business in the FTTH (fiber to the home) market, which refers to optical fiber-based data communications systems for the consumer market. This market is viewed as expanding rapidly in Japan and the United States. Growth is expected to extend into Europe and Asia soon. Omron says it intends to create high-performance, cost-competitive products to reinforce its product lineup and expand its business in the FTTH optical coupler market.

The company forecasts its optical communications component business will achieve total sales in fiscal 2006 of approximately 2 billion yen (about $17 million). The agreement is expected to take effect Nov. 1.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

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