Furukawa expects local factory to reach 100% of production capacity this year

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Brazilian unit of Japanese cable supplier Furukawa Industrial expects its factory in Argentina to reach full production capacity this year, the unit's CEO, Foad Shaikhzadeh, told BNamericas.

The executive said the factory is currently at about 80% capacity.

"The Argentine market is very active, and exports to neighboring countries will have the factory at 100% production capacity," Shaikhzadeh said.

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In June 2008, Furukawa opened a fiber-optic cabling plant in Buenos Aires province, after an estimated investment of US$3mn. The factory has the capacity to produce 220,000km of fiber-optic cables per year, the executive said.

The executive also said Furukawa is currently exporting to Bolivia, Uruguay and Chile from the Argentine facility. "We expect to continue exporting to these markets, and we will also export to Paraguay and Peru. We export to the rest of Latin American markets from Brazil as it makes more sense logistically speaking," Shaikhzadeh added.

Furukawa provides telecoms and data communications hardware - mainly fiber-optic and metal cabling - and also designs, installs and maintains networks. The company deploys optical system trunking networks, conventional access networks, broadband systems and structured cabling systems.