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Cable Technology Feature Article

November 11, 2009

Optical Cable Corporation Acquires Applied Optical Systems

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Optical Cable Corporation has reportedly acquired Applied Optical Systems, Inc., a designer, developer and manufacturer of specialty fiber-optic connectors and connectivity solutions for military and harsh environment applications.
The acquisition was completed on Oct. 31, and Applied Optical Systems is now a wholly owned subsidiary of OCC.
“The acquisition of Applied Optical Systems is another important step forward in OCC’s efforts to provide our customers with more complete cabling and connectivity solutions”, said Neil Wilkin, president and CEO of Optical Cable Corporation, in a statement.
Wilkin said that the acquisition of Applied Optical Systems builds on OCC’s strong existing presence in the military and harsh environment markets.
Applied Optical Systems’ product offering includes specialty fiber optic connectors and connectivity solutions for military, mining, oil and gas, industrial, broadcast and other harsh environment applications.
AOS is located near Dallas and employs approximately 40 people, including engineering, manufacturing and office personnel. AOS’s net sales were approximately $7 million (unaudited) for the twelve months ended Sept.30, 2009.
Optical Cable Corporation is a manufacturer of a broad range of fiber optic and copper data communications cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for the enterprise market, offering an integrated suite of high quality, warranted products which operate as a system solution or seamlessly integrate with other providers’ offerings.
Back in September Optical Cable Corporation announced a new Zone Distribution Enclosure designed to offer a cost-effective, space-saving solution for fiber-optic cross connects.
The ZDMB6B small fiber optic enclosure is ideal for telecommunication rooms, enclosures and cabinets where space is at a premium. Suited for indoor wall mount applications, the enclosure accepts all OCC fiber optic adapter plates and provides splicing options for up to 12 fibers.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri