Fi­bre op­tics firm Van­cou­ver- bound

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HATTY LIU in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

F-Pa­cific Op­ti­cal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­pany, the Canadian sub­sidiary of China Fiber Op­tic Net­work Sys­tem Group, plans a North Amer­i­can head­quar­ters in Van­cou­ver.

The com­pany will also open a new man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in mid-2015 in Sur­rey that is ex­pected to run 10 pro­duc­tion lines and hire 200 work­ers.

Com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives made the an­nounce­ments at a press con­fer­ence at the Van­cou­ver Four Sea­sons Ho­tel on May 1.

Cur­rently, F-Pa­cific op­er­ates North Amer­ica’s first and only pro­duc­tion line for zir­co­nia fer­rule blanks, a core com­po­nent to build­ing fi­bre op­tic net­works.

Prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured at F-Pa­cific’s fa­cil­ity in Rich­mond to sup­ply China’s rapidly ex­pand­ing fi­bre op­tics mar­ket.

Fi­bre op­tic tech­nol­ogy al­lows for faster In­ter­net speeds than any other in­fra­struc­ture and is be­ing adopted by ma­jor telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies across Canada.

Ac­cord­ing to Bei Nie, CEO of F-Pa­cific, “Van­cou­ver is the best place to pro­duce [the fer­rule blanks] to en­sure the high­est qual­ity” due to Canada’s stronger in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty laws and Van­cou­ver’s cli­mate, as the qual­ity of fer­rule blanks is af­fected by tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity and air clar­ity.

Van­cou­ver also pro­vides a port that of­fers af­ford­able ship­ping and prox­im­ity to the US mar­ket. Ad­di­tion­ally, BC’s in­ex­pen­sive elec­tric­ity al­lows for in­creased pro­duc­tion at lower costs.

F-Pa­cific plans to ex­pand its busi­ness to in­clude the sup­ply­ing of the equip­ment to im­prove Canada’s fi­bre op­tics net­work, and in­tends to part­ner with Canadian telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies as they begin in­vest­ing in fi­bre-to-the-home tech­nol­ogy.

“F-Pa­cific will bring high-qual­ity tech­nolo­gies to Canada, al­low­ing for ex­port back to China as well as the ad­vance­ment of fi­bre op­tic tech­nolo­gies in this coun­try,” said Zhao Bing, chair­man and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of CFONSG, in a state­ment from F-Pa­cific.

The com­pany also in­tends to bring man­u­fac­tur­ing and other jobs to the Lower Main­land of BC through its pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

F-Pa­cific is the first com­pany to have been drawn to Van­cou­ver by HQ Van­cou­ver, a project that aims to make cases for medium-to-large sized Asian cor­po­ra­tions to re­lo­cate their head­quar­ters to the Van­cou­ver area, based on the re­gion’s strate­gic lo­ca­tion, high-qual­ity in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­cated pop­u­la­tion and other com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tages.

Es­tab­lished in Fe­bru­ary, HQ Van­cou­ver is a joint project of the Gov­ern­ment of Canada, Prov­ince of BC and the BC Busi­ness Coun­cil.

“[The Prov­ince of BC] has been work­ing hard to build ties with China Fiber Op­tic [and] it is ex­cit­ing to see the re­sults of that ef­fort come to fruition” said Teresa Wat, BC min­is­ter of in­ter­na­tional trade, Asia Pa­cific strat­egy and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. “[F-Pa­cific’s re­lo­ca­tion] re­flects the con­fi­dence Chi­nese com­pa­nies have in do­ing busi­ness in Bri­tish Columbia.”

VIN­CENT LI / FOR CHINA DAILY

Liu Fei (cen­tre), con­sul gen­eral of China in Van­cou­ver, gives a speech at the F-Pa­cific press con­fer­ence to­gether with (from left) Teresa Wat, BC min­is­ter of in­ter­na­tional trade, Asia Pa­cific strat­egy and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism; Alice Wong, Canadian min­is­ter of state for se­nior af­fairs; Zhao Bing, chair­man and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of CFONSG; Yuen Pau Woo, pres­i­dent of HQ Van­cou­ver; and Bei Nie, CEO of F-Pa­cific, in Rich­mond on May 1.

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