Optic fibre components and tools manufacturer and distributor Hope King will start manufacturing multi-fibre push on (MPO) connectors at a customised Auckland plant early next year.
The New Zealand registered company has been a distributor of fibre optic components, tools and testing instruments since its principal Wendy Zhao set it up in 2007. Having lived in New Zealand for several years, Ms Zhao has closely followed the New Zealand Government’s ultra-fast broadband initiatives and, after discussions with international partners, decided New Zealand was ideal to establish a manufacturing base. New Zealand’s business environment, the rapid adoption of technology by its citizens and the good relationship between New Zealand and China were other major factors in the decision.
Hope King intends exporting to Australia, China and Japan and, in a couple of years, to Europe.
Representatives of Pacific Technology Japan – which has licenced its intellectual property for MPO to Hope King – China Fiber and Yuanda Communication Technology in Beijing, were in Auckland to support Hope King at the announcement of its manufacturing plans.
Leading edge optic fibre connectors and components are vital for efficiency in big data centres and in the age of cloud computing. MPO to MPO pre-connection is the preferred Ethernet standard for deployment in data centres. MPO connectors offer low cost, low power consumption, flexible and high density devices.
Howard Chen, general manager of Hope King, says China-based CCID Consulting research shows the global fibre connector market is poised to grow from 1.8 billion sets this year to 3.4 billion sets in 2019. Hope King is targeting 70% of the Australasian market and 10% of the China market in the next two years.
Hope King plans to invest up to $50 million in New Zealand over the next three years. The investment will include research and development of leading edge componentry along with its partners and it in association with New Zealand universities. It will cooperate with Wuhan Post Science Institute and Japan Pacific Technology to build an optical communication research and development laboratory in in New Zealand. It is already in discussion with AUT University’s engineering school about its aspirations.
A 1000sq m building in Avondale, Auckland, has been purchased and machinery is on its way from China. Test production is expected to start before Christmas. Once the plant is operable, it is expected up to 20 local jobs will be created – something warmly welcomed by Kelston MP Carmel Sepuloni and Arthur Anae, the chair of Auckland Council’s economic development committee.
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