Caroline Nokes MP Visits Southampton Technology Company Fibercore
Wed 8th August 2012
Established in 1982, Fibercore was formed as a spin-out from the world-renowned Optical Fibre Group of the University of Southampton, to offer the specialty optical fibres developed at the University, commercially. Today, Fibercore products are used in an incredibly broad range of applications spread throughout more than 50 countries including fibre optic gyroscopes (FOGs), fibre optic hydrophones, fibre lasers, fibre amplifiers (EDFAs), embedded sensors, specialist medical, government and corporate research agencies and telecommunications components.
Ms Nokes was given a tour of Fibercore’s manufacturing facilities designed solely and specifically for the development and volume manufacture of specialty optical fibres. Its state-of-the-art Class 10000 cleanroom facilities were opened in 2003 and, since then, its loading dock has shipped more than 80,000,000 m of polarisation-maintaining, bend-insensitive single mode, photosensitive, rare-earth doped and cladding-pump fibre across the globe.
Caroline Nokes, MP said, “I was delighted to meet with Chris and his team. Fibercore is an impressive success story for the region and it was great to hear about the company’s growth plansand to learn more about the exciting future of speciality fibre. Southampton is a flourishing centre of enterprise for technology companies, with academia and private companies working together to commercialise innovative products.”
The total shipments of fibre from Fibercore House now average more than 1,300,000 m per month - a figure believed to be higher than that of any other 'specialty' fibre manufacturer anywhere in the world and providing Fibercore with unmatched experience in the volume manufacture of highly-specified 'Specialty' Fibre.
Fibercore’s Managing Director, Dr Chris Emslie, said “We are proud to be a success story for Southampton. Having commercialised the pioneering technology developed at the University of Southampton, over thirty years ago, Fibercore products are now shipped to over 50 countries. We have seen consistent growth for well over a decade and are always looking to further expand our product range, and to work in partnership with our customers to enhance our fibres for their specific requirements. Augmenting our already impressive engineering credentials with New Blood will enable us to continue to deliver on our commitment to support our customers with world-class products and customer service across the globe.”