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Furukawa Electric LatAm has been chosen to be a supplier for a significant project with izzi telecom, a telecommunications company of the Mexican Grupo Televisa, that will require the delivery of approximately 8,000 km of optical cable.

A press release said that the project is needed because of the migration from cable TV HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax) network to FTTH (Fiber to the Home) in its Monterrey plant. The project is expected to last two years and will include optical cables and connectivity accessories, as well as training, design and installation.

“Furukawa was chosen for its cascade, pre-terminated, fusion-free solution,” said Foad Shaikhzadeh, president of Furukawa Electric LatAm and corporate senior vice president of the Furukawa Electric Group. “The greatest advantage of this system is the possibility of gradual investment in the pay-as-you-grow concept, in addition to the faster implementation compared to other technologies,” he said.
The project, which will start in Monterrey, will be the basis for izzi Telecom to define its commercial offer strategy, as well as its network topology the release said. The resulting new network has the potential to reach 1.6 million homes passed. izzi Telecom provides services in more than 60 cities in 29 states of Mexico through a network of more than 30,000 km of fiber optic cables and 77,000 km of coaxial cables.

In other news, Furukawa Electric Corp. has been considering expanding the 6,000-sq-m plant it established in Mexicali. The site, which manufactures fiber optic cables and other components for the telecom sector, opened in December 2017 with 150 employees.

Per a report in El Economista, the Mexicali plant was intended to export most of its production to the U.S., but it sees strong domestic demand. “The Mexican telecommunications market has grown in an interesting way, which is why we are interested in growing both the number of network operators and corporate clients we serve,” said Renato Ohno, manager of Furukawa Electric for Mexico and Central America. “If the expectation is fulfilled, we would not only be producing cables, but we would have a much wider portfolio than what we already have here with another warehouse next to the current one of the same size. It could double what is in Mexicali today regarding of space.”

Per a report in mexico-now.com, Foad Shaikhzadeh, president of Furukawa Electric LatAm and senior corporate vice-president of Furukawa Electric Group, said that “The new Mexicali plant offers both geographic and logistical advantages that support our goal of supplying the American market. In addition, with its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the location offers excellent exportation capabilities to other continents. The facility also offers ready access to technical laboratories and a qualified workforce.”

The organizers of Fastener Fair Mexico announced that the event, held three times in Mexico City, will move this year to Guadalajara "to better serve the Mexican marketplace in need of industrial fastener and fixing solutions."

A press release from Mack Brooks Exhibitions, Inc., said that the 2018 event will be hosted June 20-21 at the Expo Guadalajara. "We produce Fastener Fair in seven countries and this will be the first time we bring this event to Guadalajara, a city full of opportunities," said Mack Brooks Executive Vice President Melissa Magestro. "We are expecting to attract over 2000 industrial fastener buyers, engineers and distributors. It is a great opportunity to connect with fastener buyers and distributors at Latin America’s only dedicated industrial fastener exhibition."

The event also includes an educational component. Fastener Fair Mexico 2017 hosted a technology conference that was well received, the release said. The rooms had good attendance for education and training for the fastener supply chain that addressed end users, distributors and wholesalers.

Per the release, Expo Guadalajara is the largest exhibition venue in all of Mexico. Guadalajara is the capital and most populous city of the State of Jalisco; it is the second largest urban area in Mexico and the 10th largest in Latin America with more than five million inhabitants. Classed as a gamma city since 2010, it is one of the 120 most competitive cities in the world.

The release said that Fastener Fair Mexico 2017 was attended by over 2,225 attendees from Mexican manufacturing industries that included automotive, aerospace, construction, mechanical and consumer electronics along with fastener distributors and wholesalers.

The second Fastener Fair Italy will be held in Milan on Sept. 26-27; the third Fastener Fair Turkey will take place in 2018; Fastener Fair will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, in the U.S. for the first time on April 11-12, 2018; and in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 7-9.

For more information, go to www.fastenerfair.com.

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