22 May 2019
"Optic fiber Systems" JSC completed the upgrade project
On May 22, 2019, a formal meeting dedicated to the results of the upgrade project was held. The participants of the meeting were the Head of the Republic of Mordovia Vladimir Volkov, members of the Government of the Republic of Mordovia, Board of Directors of "Optic fiber Systems" JSC, representatives of N. P. Ogarev Mordovia State University and Group of companies "Optikenergo".
The total cost of the project was more than 950 million rubles, 500 million rubles of which was a loan from Industry Development Fund. Thanks to concessional financing, the company purchased modern equipment that would allow the company to improve the production efficiency and create conditions for the development of new products.
With the help of the loan, the company updated induction furnaces of optical fiber draw towers, put into operation an additional drawing line, as well as an additional production area for optical fiber coloring and experimental area to manufacture preforms for optical fiber production using FCVD technology.
New equipment will allow to draw preforms of bigger diameter and length and thus the capacity of the plant will increase up to 4 mln kilometers of optical fiber per year.
1st picture – Induction furnace before upgrade, 2nd – induction furnace after upgrade
In the nearest future, the company will be able to meet more than 50% of the fiber demand of Russian cable plants. According to the company, today the needs of the Russian market that is 84% is provided by supplies from abroad. The upgrade project was aimed to increase the capacity of the plant, which would meet the growing demand for optical fiber in the Russian market and optimize the cost of production.
As a result, the company not only increased the production capacity of optical fiber, but also provided an opportunity for a significant expansion of the product range. Today the product range includes colored fiber of G.652.D and G.657.A1 standards, fiber with “Ring marking“ coloring. Fiber of G. 655 and G. 651 standards, fiber with reduced diameter of 200 µm and other types of optical fibers demanded by the market are being prepared for release.
As The General Director of "Optic fiber Systems" JSC Andrey Nilolaev commented: “Today the optical fiber market is a highly competitive market of high-tech products, that has significant importance in the development of modern communication networks. The upgrade project will allow not only to strengthen positions of the plant in the Russian market of optical fiber, but will also support the increase of the company’s competitiveness with export deliveries. We are grateful to the Industry Development Fund for supporting such an important project for Russia”.
“Optic fiber Systems” JSC (www.rusfiber.ru) – is the first and the only Russian plant manufacturing optical fiber. The plant is situated in Saransk, Mordovia Republic. It was officially opened on 25 September 2015. The shareholders of the company are RUSNANO, Gazprombank and the Government of Mordovia Republic.
Optical fiber is the main component of optic cables for signal transmission in modern communication networks. Fiber is also used as a sensor for monitoring deformation, temperature, acoustics and other indicators.
"Optic fiber Systems" JSC produces telecommunication optical fibers of standards G652 and G 657 A1 including those with reduced diameter of 200 microns; provides services on optical fiber coloring and the application of ring marks "ringmarking". Optical fibers of new types such as G651 and G655 are being prepared for release. Products are certified in Russia and the quality is confirmed by "Rostelecom" PJSC, Russia's leading cable companies and foreign consumers.
According to the results of certification, optical fiber was approved for use on the networks of the largest Russian Telecom operators Rostelecom, MTS, MegaFon and others.
Manufacturing capacity of the plant is 4 mln kilometers of optical fiber per year.