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Furukawa America and 3SAE Technologies Announce Strategic Partnership to Serve Optical Equipment Manufacturing Market.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Furukawa America Inc. and 3SAE Technologies Inc. announced today a new partnership dedicated to serving the fusion splicing needs of optical equipment manufacturers throughout the Americas.

This strategic alliance capitalizes on Furukawa's 35 years of global leadership in fusion splicer manufacturing and on 3SAE's specialization in advanced fiber optic splicing systems and custom splicing solutions for the OEM photonics industry as well as mission-critical military, government, aerospace, medical, and oil and gas applications.

Furukawa America's FITEL[R] brand of fusion splicers and equipment now comprises the core of 3SAE's fusion splicer equipment offerings, with special emphasis on customers who design, build and mass produce optical systems and components and have high-volume factory fusion splicing requirements. 3SAE will provide factory authorized fusion splicer service, equipment customization and specialty splicing support at its facilities located in Franklin, Tenn.

"The FITEL name in fusion splicing is synonymous with high quality and high reliability," said Don Grasso, chief executive officer of 3SAE Technologies Inc. "Our customers demand this level of precision and repeatability given the sheer volume of their splicing activity or their mission-critical fiber optic applications within aerospace, armed services facilities and harsh environment applications," explained Grasso.

"The Furukawa and 3SAE alliance brings even greater strength to the market, providing the robust performance of FITEL equipment to the unique and specialized customers 3SAE serves as well as traditional OEM accounts," added Jason Greene, fusion splicer product manager for Furukawa America Inc.

Furukawa America Inc. (www.FurukawaAmerica.com, www.BuyFITEL.com) supplies FITEL fiber optic products to the telecommunications, data, and cable TV industries throughout the Americas. FITEL's fusion splicer products include hand-held, clad and core alignment and mass fusion splicers, plus related splicing tools and accessories. Headquartered in Peachtree City, Ga., Furukawa America also supplies FITEL 980nm and 1480nm pump lasers, signal lasers, active and passive optical components and connectors to the communications industry. Its parent company, The Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. (www.furukawa.co.jp/english) entered the fiber optics manufacturing industry in 1973 and is now a $7 billion global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of fiber optic products, electronics components, and other advanced technology solutions.

3SAE Technologies Inc. (www.3SAE.com), headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., provides advanced fiber splicing solutions to companies around the world and continues to develop and market new fiber optic tools and technologies for optical fiber applications. 3SAE holds multiple patents and awards related to optical fiber preparation and fiber optic stripping and its products are used at many of the world's leading photonics, aerospace, military research facilities, oil and gas companies, universities, municipalities and large fiber optic network providers.
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