JDSU opens new optical coatings facility in China

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JDSU has opened a new facility in Suzhou, China to manufacture high-precision optical coatings for a wide variety of markets that include 3D, gesture recognition, theatre projection and sensing applications.

The company has committed more than $20m to the facility, which includes a staff of over 50 employees and the capacity to grow to more than 100 employees. The site also includes new, state-of-the-art optical coating equipment. Joining major sites in Beijing, Shenzhen, Singapore, Tokyo and Penang, the Suzhou site provides JDSU with another base to expand its relationships with Asia-based customers and suppliers.

'The new Suzhou site provides a strategic platform for JDSU to grow our optical coatings business,' said Roy Bie, vice president and general manager of Advanced Optical Technologies at JDSU. 'The combination of talented employees, specialised manufacturing processes and cutting-edge technology in Suzhou will ensure we  meet the very precise specifications and large volumes required for markets that use our optical coatings technology.'

'The Suzhou facility is another example of how JDSU is collaborating with customers and suppliers in Asia at a local level to deliver innovative solutions that help drive their global business objectives,' added Tom Waechter, president and CEO of JDSU.

In addition to the Suzhou site, JDSU has another optical coatings facility in Santa Rosa, California with more than 300 employees that handle manufacturing, research and development, sales and marketing.