AFL Opens New Fiber Optic Facility in UK

Spartanburg, SC – AFL today announced it is opening a second fiber optic facility to support the European region with customized optical fiber interconnect cables used for communication applications. The new facility is located in the Hawksworth Trading Estate. AFL expects to hire additional personnel to staff the new facility. “As fiber rich communication applications continue to grow, AFL will now be able to offer shorter lead times to our customers allowing us to be more responsive in the European market,” said Paul Thompson, Managing Director of AFL Europe. “In addition, the infrastructure and location of the town enables convenient transport and efficient international distribution.”

AFL’s Swindon facility manufactures and supplies fiber optic cable solutions and services throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This facility is home to the unique AFL SkyWrap® solution for wrapping fiber optic cable on existing power lines, and also MicroCore blown fiber cable for FTTH applications. AFL’s corporate headquarters is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina where fiber optic cable and conductor accessories are manufactured.

“We are delighted to be opening this new facility, ultimately creating 24 new jobs in the area,” said Margaret Harman, HR and EHS Manager at AFL. “AFL has a long and successful history of manufacturing in Europe, reflected in the decision to open a new facility here.”

Recruitment is underway to fill new positions. Production training will begin in mid-October. For more information about available job opportunities, please email

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AFL is an industry leader in providing fiber optic products, engineering expertise and integrated services to the electric utility, broadband, telco, OEM, enterprise and wireless markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining and medical. A subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico and

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