Yangtze Op­ti­cal builds smart fac­to­ries

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By YANG ZIMAN andHU YUANYUAN in­Wuhan Con­tact the writ­ers yangz­i­man@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Yangtze Op­ti­cal Fi­bre and Ca­ble Joint Stock Ltd, the largest sup­plier of op­ti­cal pre­form and fiber in the world, has seen its pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency rise sharply thanks to its in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­gram.

The speed of fiber draw­ing has reached 3,000 me­ters per minute, up 38.9 per­cent com­pared with 2012, when the com­pany launched its first ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­gram. It is one of the fastest fiber draw­ing tech­niques in the world, said Yan Changkun, vice-pres­i­dent of YOFC.

Yan said that China’s cloud com­put­ing, big data, 4G net­work and the na­tional broad­band sys­tem are de­vel­op­ing very fast, gen­er­at­ing large de­mand for op­ti­cal fiber and ca­ble. How­ever, com­pa­nies that are able to of­fer wholepack­age Yan Changkun, so­lu­tions in the in­dus­try are mostly from over­seas at the mo­ment.

“YOFCaims togrow­into one of the ma­jor so­lu­tion providers in the in­dus­try,” said Yan. “Our fo­cus in the next three to five years will be of­fer­ing so­phis­ti­cated so­lu­tions for the in­ter­con­nec­tion of fiber and ca­ble in data cen­ters.”

The next chal­lenge for YOFC is to in­crease the in­ter­con­nec­tion of dif­fer­ent fiber draw­ing tow­ers through an in­tel­li­gent net­work­ing sys­tem.

“Ten years ago, one per­son man­aged one tower. Now it is one per­son for two tow­ers. With an in­tel­li­gent sys­tem, one per­son will be able to man­age four tow­ers,” said Zhuang Dan, pres­i­dent of YOFC.

“In­thep­ast30years, theop­ti­cal fiber and ca­ble in­dus­try in China has fol­lowed the path of ‘ex­chang­ing the mar­ket for tech­nol­ogy’. Af­ter this learn­ing process, YOFChas­madea lot of in­no­va­tions that will be ex­ported in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket,” said Zhuang.

YOFC has es­tab­lished an op­ti­cal fiber and ca­ble in­dus­trial park based in Wuhan along with com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Shin-Etsu Chem­i­cal Co Ltd from Ja­pan, and China Air Liq­uide (China) Hold­ing Co Ltd.

Cov­er­ing an area of 466 square kilo­me­ters, the park will be­come the big­gest pre­form man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­ter in the world when com­pleted, with an­nual out­put of 3,000 met­ric tons of pre­form and 25 mil­lion kilo­me­ters of op­ti­cal fiber. The an­nual out­put value is es­ti­mated at 5 bil­lion yuan ($723 mil­lion).

The project broke ground last Oc­to­ber. The first phase, with an in­vest­ment of 1.33 bil­lion yuan, will go into op­er­a­tion by the end of this year. It is ex­pected to have an an­nual pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 1,000 tons of pre­form and 10 mil­lion kilo­me­ters’ op­ti­cal fiber.

In 2015, YOFC achieved rev­enue of 6.7 bil­lion yuan, up 18.6 per­cent year-on-year. Its net profit stood at 570 mil­lion yuan, up 22.4 per­cent from the same pe­riod in the pre­vi­ous year.

YOFC aims to grow into one of the ma­jor so­lu­tion providers in the in­dus­try.” vice-pres­i­dent of YOFC

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XU CONGJUN / FOR CHINA DAILY

An em­ployee works in the Yangtze Op­ti­cal Fi­bre and Ca­ble Joint Stock Ltd’s pro­duc­tion plant in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince.

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