AFL Associates Receive 2013 Fujikura President’s Award for LAZERMaster™ Technology

Spartanburg, SC – Several AFL associates were awarded the 2013 Fujikura President’s Award for the LZM-100 LAZERMaster, the world’s first fully automated glass processing and splicing system that utilizes CO2 laser technology. An annual award provided by Fujikura, AFL’s parent company, this honor recognizes Fujikura group companies or departments for outstanding achievement in the development of new products or processes.

“Selection criteria for this honor is driven by a number of factors, including technology achievements, economic contributions and business process improvements such as productivity and quality improvement,” said Steve Althoff, vice president of equipment at AFL. “The LAZERMaster meets all of these requirements, and we’re honored to have been chosen for this award.”

Seven associates were recognized for the Fujikura President’s Award including (pictured left to right): Doug Duke, AFL; Mike Harju, AFL; Hiroshi Sugawara (represented by Yasu Ninomiya), Fujikura/AFL; Bill Klimowych, AFL; Wenxin Zheng (team leader), AFL; Michael Hetrick, AFL; Nick Kawanishi, AFL; Toshirou Mizushima (represented by Ryo Hasegawa), Fujikura/AFL; Steve Althoff, AFL.

As fiber laser market and high power delivery systems applications continue to grow, the LAZERMaster provides a solution to these critical splicing and glass processing applications. For additional information on AFL, its products and services, visit

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AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Steve Althoff
Executive Vice President, Equipment

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager